That’s right, we’re back with a brand new edition of “It’s Science”. In this particular case, we did a small – very limited – sample of the popular new prevalence of submission only jiu jitsu tournaments. We wanted to look at the high level black belts and break down some of the numbers that may go otherwise unnoticed. For this study the only events we looked at were Gracie Worlds 2012 and Metamoris Pro. We only included matches that ended in submission, and tracked only a few stats we thought were significant. The results were very interesting.
We found that even though no points were awarded, that the competitors who accessed the first IBJJF recognized points would win 70% of the time. We also noticed that an overwhelming majority of the submissions were initiated from a top position. This again was very intriguing since a guard pull occurred in 70% of the matches ( with the puller winning on top 5 out of 7 times). Armlocks and chokes accounted for 80% of submissions leaving shoulder locks and leg locks with a measly 20% combined. Finally, in the instances that a takedown did occur, the competitor who scored the takedown won in every observed match.
The raw data is below. We recognize that this is an extremely limited sample. But this does help establish some initial baseline trends that will have to be studied in further detail as more of these events begin to take place. It is also fair to mention that matches included in this study ranged from 140lbs to 220+ lbs.