One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given in Bjj is what some call the ‘Theory of 3’s.”  Its a very simple concept that states that your rate of success in either attacks or defense go up when you chain a series of three moves together with one move leading your opponents reaction to set up the next.

The ultimate goal is to try to guide your opponent to the third move, be it a submission, reversal or escape, with very little effort on your part.  The lack of work from you comes from being so mentally far ahead of your opponent that moving into the third technique becomes more of a spring loaded trap than an act of muscling technique.

People want to go onto to argue that you should try to be ten moves ahead but I believe this is over kill.  Most of the top black belts in the world really ever use two or three moves from various positions that they have drilled so much that its almost impossible to stop them.   Trying to chain three moves together is a hell of a lot simpler and easier on the mind then to come up with a ten move combo. Plus the nature of a grappling match is too unpredictable to count on ten moves going exactly how you planned them.

This video shows one of the most used and successful three move attacks from the guard.  This is the one I still drill all the time and the first one I’ll teach to beginners to get them accustomed to chaining their moves together.  One rule I like to keep in mind when coming up with a chain of moves is the ease in which they flow together.  This submission combo is a great example of ease of flow between moves….