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Ultimate Fight Finishers

The Martial Arts world is filled with countless ways to finish a fight, but what really works? If you talk to any MMA fighter, Jiu-jitsu Champion or Law Enforcement Officer, they'll tell you that out of the hundreds of moves they know, there are a few techniques they can count on to get the job done. We see this trend in Mixed Martial Arts competitions time and time again; out of the thousands of martial arts moves out there, we see a small handful being used to win most fights. This is especially important to Law Enforcement and Military Personnel, whose lives depend on reacting immediately with the most effective move instinctually in a fast and dangerous situation. These are moves that can be done with or without the gi or kimono and have an outstanding record for effectiveness in all arenas of combat.

So what are the most effective Fight Finishers? Well, we've asked the pros; Jiu-jitsu Instructors, Military Operators, Cops, Bouncers and Mixed Martial Arts Fighters gave us their favorites, and then researched the history and statistics to bring you JIU-JITSU.NETs Ultimate Fight Finishers!


Because this isn't a move you're likely to see an untrained attacker using on the street, it takes a spot at the bottom of our list, but makes it to the list due to its absolute necessity in Sport Jiu-jitsu and increasing popularity in Mixed Martial Arts Events.

This move is a shoulder lock performed with the leg and traces its origins back to ancient Japanese Jiu-jitsu. In recent times, it has become adopted as an essential part of the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu game and is used to set up countless other moves like sweeps, the Triangle Choke, Toe Hold, Wrist Lock and Armbar just to name a few. Due to the amazing effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in MMA events, this move has naturally been picked up by some of the more technical fighters and used with devastating success.

As more and more martial artists adopt the techniques of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, you should expect to see this move finishing plenty of fights in just about any place where no holds are barred.

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This move has been around since ancient Japan, but gained its respect and a new name from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Fighters after the legendary match where Masahiko Kimura used this shoulder lock against Helio Gracie. The 'Ude Garami' technique would forever be known as the "Kimura" by practitioners of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

Still a staple move today for Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Fighters, this technique is regarded by Law Enforcement Officers as one of the best restraining techniques. This move can be used from the bottom (guard position) as well as it can on top to submit or control an opponent. By bending the arm at the appropriate angle, it becomes a lever used to apply enormous pressure on an opponent's ligaments and shoulder muscles, giving a fighter the ability to control his adversary or finish the fight.

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Toe Hold

A variation of this move can be found in just about every grappling style and goes back as far as Ancient Greece. Its simplicity and accessibility from such a wide variety of positions puts it on our list.

The Toe hold is well suited for both street and sport applications; for sport, it will often come as a surprise and effect one of the weakest part of even the largest opponent's body and on the street, will impair your adversary's ability to get up, run away or continue fighting. Russian Soldiers trained in the art of Sambo (a Russian Grappling Art) used this move to disable their opponents enough to force one of his comrades to carry him off the battle field, killing two birds with one stone.

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If you're unlucky enough to be hit with this one, you don't have to ask why its here. It might have been Mike Tyson that made this move popular, but its been around for a long time and any MMA fighter or fan will tell you that this move isn't retiring anytime soon.

Although this move is most commonly seen in the sport of boxing, many Mixed Martial Arts fighters have adopted this move brilliantly, not only in combination with other strikes, but as a devastating counter to wrestling takedowns.

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There are probably more variations of this move than any other, from the reverse elbow lock variations to the traditional 'juji-gatame', this move can be done from almost any position of advantage. When a fighter applies this lock, a fulcrum is created at the elbow and causes damage to the ligaments that attach the bones of the arm.

Although this move can be performed with the arms alone, the greatest amount of leverage is achieved by sing the legs, arms, back and hips together to apply the lock either on the back by pinning an opponent with the legs or from the guard position. We've seen this move used by much smaller fighters to eliminate larger opponents time and time again; for this reason and its diversity of application, it makes it to our list of Ultimate Fight Finishers!

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Knee Bar

Like most other joint locks, the origins of this move are hard to trace, but its widespread use gives it a spot on our list.

If your opponent doesn't tap fast enough for his move, he won't be standing toe to toe with anyone for a long time. Made popular by professional wrestlers, this move was most likely introduced to the mixed martial arts crowd by Sambo practitioner, Oleg Taktarov in the early days of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Since then, it has been learned by just about every serious competitor and recognized by all martial artists as a move everyone should know.

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Straight Ankle Lock

Old School Fans watching the early UFCs can remember seeing Ken Shamrock doing this move to Pat Smith and immediately moving the living room furniture to give it a try.

Often used as a quick finish or answer to an impassible guard, this move has earned its place at number on our list and the respect of every grappler in the modern world as a move to know.

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Triangle Choke

We'll never forget the day the unknowing UFC commentator said that Royce Gracie was in trouble just before Dan Severn Tapped to this Devastating Submission! The history behind this move is found in the schools of ancient Japan where it was used by Jiu-jitsu practitioners, then used by Judo practitioners in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The Brazilians adopted it as a counter to the popular classic guard pass after discovering it in old Judo books, since then, it has been one of the moves most identified with the popular grappling art.

This move has many forms and variations, but all accomplish the same goal of cutting off the blood circulation to the opponent's brain and rendering him unconscious and unable to fight back.

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