Flying submissions. There is no way you haven’t tried at least one, or if you’re brand new, are hoping to do it one of these days. Well, I’d advise you to hold your horses, regardless of what belt you are. Flying submissions may be attractive and fun, but they’re also a source of plenty of dumb injuries in BJJ. So, if you’re gon to learn how to fly, you might as well do it right. 

Safely Training Flying Submissions

Nothing beats the flying submission when it comes to reactions from the crowd. Sure, judo throws or fast transition look good, but there’s something about flying attacks that draws every eye in the crowd. Possibly it’s the explosive nature of the move or the inherent risk that comes with aiming your head at the ground. Whatever it is, it sure looks good.

We’ll go over a couple of ways you can drill or try some flying submissions out without killing or severely injuring yourself. In addition, before we go deeper into detail you should be aware that there’s a risk involved to the person you’re jumping at as well. If you jump really low and they’ve got their side exposed to you, it’s possible you’ll crash into their knee or knees and cause devastating injuries.

That said, training flying submission si possible and is the way you should approach them. the thing with flying submissions is that you’re not flying in either one of them. You actually have a post someone and you’re more of climbing up an opponent and then looking to use your weight to pull them down. Done quickly, this seems like flying, but is way safer than actually throwing yourself in the air. It just so happens, this is how you safely train flying submissions – step by step. 

Flying Submissions

A Couple Of Flying Submissions To Take Off With

The title is just flying submissions because there’s a bunch of things you can go for off a jump. You could go for the armbar, triangle, Omoplata, guillotine, kimura, etc. We’ll go ahead and assume that when someone says flying submission the first thing that gets in your mind’s eye is the flying armbar. That’s probably the riskiest of them all. It is also something we’ll cover in detail today. 

We will also take a look at the flying triangle. The triangle is somewhat less risky because you’re not directly aiming your head at the ground. At worst, you’ll have the wind taken out of you if you both crash, given that your back is facing the ground.  

It is important to understand the no matter how safe you play it, roll to a match, there’s always an inherent risk with flying submission, Even if you do everything right, the other person might panic, or simply lose their balance. The bottom line is to always expect the unexpected and be sure to protect your head and neck primarily, even if it means letting go of the submission. 

Flying Triangle 

The triangle choke is a move we use daily, setting it up from a bunch of positions. While I would recommend setting up triangle chokes from the guard, or, perhaps, from the mount, I have to admit that there’s another way too. the flying triangle is one of those submissions that you won’t do every time you’re on the mats, but if you drill ti right, you can get some awesome taps with it! 

The safest way to drill the flying triangle is with your partner on one knee and one heel on the ground. They’ve got an under-hook and you’ve got an over-hook or Russian tie. For example, if you’ve got a right over-hook and they’ve got a left under-hook, climb your right leg up top on their shoulders. Test whether they’re supporting your weight. Grab the lat with your over-hook hand. Post your left hand onto the ground and drop into the triangle. This is the first step. 

After training drop-triangles, you’ll eventually be able to jump. Start in the same position, look to jump after you establish the lat grip. The goal si to make the transition from the initial grip to the triangle as seamless as possible. Finally, in order for this to truly classify as one of the flying submissions, you’ll have to train it on a fully standing partner as well. 

Flying Armbar

Ultimately, the flying armbar is one of the most dangerous moves out there. Be really careful. Heck, we’ll even go as far as tell you not to try it at all. But you won’t listen anyway, so we might as well provide you with a way to safely start training it. 

The thing that will make or break your flying armbar is the grips. One grip goes on the collar, or behind the neck in No-Gi situations. The other is an overhook, similar to the flying triangle setup. The goal of these grips is to provide you with a safety net if things fail so really do hold on to them for dear life. 

Drilling the flying armbar starts slow. First, post the sole of the foot on the side opposite of your overhook grip on the opponent’s hip. Then, use it to propel yourself upwards, trying to place the back of the knee of your other leg over the head of the opponent. A second safety spot here is placing this leg on the shoulder, so if you fail you can still snap up a tringle from the bottom. 

Once again as with all flying submissions, start by pushing yourself upwards, trying to stay there, and figure out little kinks. Then, go for a jumping version, on a  training partner that is aware of what you’re doing. Finally, you can go full speed, watching out for both you and your training partner. 


Flying submissions will work for you, but they require drilling. And not just like any other move out there, but way more drilling that you’re used to. If you’re dead set on becoming a flying BJJ ninja, though, then by all means, go for it. Just make sure that you don’t injure yourself, or anyone else in the process. After all, flying submissions are only fun if you can repeat them.