Archive: You’ve Gotta Have A System

As you may have guessed from my last email, I’m a big fan of systems in Jiu Jitsu.

There’s a simple reason for this.

A system reduces your reaction time and will allow you to submit more people.

A solid system will drastically decrease your learning curve and allow you to beat a much more skilled opponent.

This is because you don’t have to think about what’s going to happen, you already know the likely reactions and have the counters ready.

But what is a system?

A system is just a predefined sequence of attacks and counters. For example; if my opponent does A, I do B, if he does C, I do D.

Yesterday, I told you the average submission rate at major tournaments is about 30%.

But how would you like an 80% submission rate? Or even 100% submission rate?

Yes, you read that right, how awesome would it be to finish all your fights by submission.

That’s exactly what Roger Gracie did at the 2009 World Championships. He finished all nine of his fights by choke from mount.

If you watch any of his fights they’re almost carbon copies of each other because …

… Roger had a system.

And if you look at any high-level grappler you’ll see they have systems.

– The Mendes Bros and the Leg Drag / Berimbolo

– Marcelo Garcia and the Single Leg X, Butterfly, and Back

– Ryan Hall and the 50/50

– Eddie Cummings and the Ashi Garami

I could go on but you get the idea.

If you get caught in one of these systems the outcome is almost inevitable… the sound of tapping.

If you’ve experienced one of these systems, you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Every move you make just seems to get your opponent one step closer to the finish.

It’s an awful experience.

But this also gives you an opportunity.

As I said in my last email, the reason most grapplers don’t catch more submissions is because they don’t have a system.

So, you can get ahead of the game (and your opponents) by learning one.

And the good news is you don’t need to know a ton of systems.

If you look at the athletes I mentioned earlier, they all have well-rounded skills but they’re also all known for just one or two things.

Your goal should not be to have 100 systems but 1 system you can get into from any position.

Once you get your opponent into that system, it should not be a case of IF the submission happens but WHEN.

So how do you develop a system? Well, there are two options.

You can spend thousands of hours experimenting and training to develop your own system or…

someone else does all the hard work for you and you learn their system.

Learning someone else’s system by far the most efficient option.

You can do this attending their classes, signing up for their online training program (if they have one), studying competition footage, or buying their instructional.

All you then need to do is train the system and add you style once you’ve mastered it.

Now, as promised, here is an overview of my simple submission system. Like the name suggests it’s simple but very effective.

One of the big reasons I like it is because you can get to it from any top position and it’s incredibly difficult to escape.

And once you’re there, all the attacks are virtually the same.

Rather than talk about it, I’d like to show the main concept behind it and a few attacks from it.

Check it out now at and leave a comment to let me know what you think.

Talk soon,

– Tom

P.S. Please don’t share this link. This video is currently only for you and my other subscribers

P.P.S. In my next email, I’ll share with you more details about my system and a sneaky wrist lock from that your opponents never see coming.

Watch out for it tomorrow.