The High Percentage Podcast

The High Percentage Podcast

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A podcast dedicated to the game theory behind Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ). We crunch data from hundred of fights, then sort and analyse it to answer the question: What’s Really High Percentage?


We Asked Facebook to Predict the Top Submissions. They Were Dead Wrong.
Oct 13 • 13 min
Does conventional wisdom hold up? We asked the hive mind of the internet what they thought was the top performing submission for white belts. They were dead wrong. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast.…
Reflecting on the Meta of ADCC
Oct 6 • 28 min
What are the trends we saw at ADCC ? Are leglocks still at the apex of the meta? Is guard passing dead? We go into all of the details about what the top level competitors are doing this year. —- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to…
The Science and Game Theory of ADCC
Sep 22 • 24 min
Today, we’re diving into the “Olympics of Submission Grappling” will the optimal strategies in this very unique ruleset. We also look at data regarding the top submissions of ADCC, and why scoring that first point is so important. —- This episode is…
Why It’s So Hard to Get Guard and Sweep Data
Sep 15 • 15 min
We get it. Data on the guards and sweeps that competitors use would be invaluable. And while we’ve done some, there are some natural roadblocks to recording these things. But the silver lining is, there may be a lesson for us in the explanation. —- This…
Endgame Theory And How To Use It
Sep 8 • 24 min
IBJJF, and often our teammates and coaches, tell us what positions we should be striving for. The hierarchy puts mount and the back at the top. They’re the default endgame of BJJ. Until they’re not. Truthfully, as we progress in our journey we find our…
The Collar Choke Isn’t an Advanced Technique, Just a Bad One
Sep 1 • 21 min
The collar choke. Often considered a sacred technique. Does it work? No. Do we require all new students to learn it over higher percentage moves? Absolutely! Today we’re reviewing some new data the suggests the collar choke is no more effective at higher…
Three Submissions Outperform All Others at Every Belt Level
Aug 25 • 18 min
There’s “The Big Three” and there’s everything else. Three submissions that finish more matches than every other COMBINED. And if your not dedicating time to get good at them, you’re leaving wins on the table. Music: Handsome People by Birocratic |…
How Rules Should Dictate Training
Aug 20 • 20 min
At High Percentage, we think knowing the rules of a competition format is simply a good idea, if anything because it will shape the way you train as you get close to competition day. Imagine a soccer team that didn’t scrimmage, only practiced technique.…
If You Can’t Submit Someone In Three Minutes, It’s Probably Not Going To Happen
Aug 11 • 21 min
We’ve timestamped 500 submissions, answering the question: what’s the most dangerous time in a match? Music: Handsome People by Birocratic | https://birocratic.bandcamp.com Music promoted by https://www.free-stock-music.com Creative Commons Attribution…
The Data That Is Killing The Self Defense Industry
Aug 4 • 20 min
While it may seem like the self defense industry will always exist, the truth is it’s an industry on the ropes. Safer streets, more effective martial arts, and the rise of firearms are making the self defense industry work harder than ever to scare you…
How Do We Record the Matches?
Jul 28 • 23 min
Let’s talk about how we actually record these matches. No, there’s no secret to how we do it. It takesa lot of time, organization, and an openness to trial and error. Sponsored by: Rubber Guard for Mortals, Gold BJJ If you message us on Instagram or…
The Law of Large Numbers
Jul 21 • 14 min
BJJ is a numbers game. As in, you need to do a lot of it to know where you’re at competitively. Only volume can offset randomness. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Check out our BJJ Game Theory Course on Gold BJJ Online He’s…
Why Your Memory Isn’t Reliable Under Pressure
Jul 16 • 17 min
Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Check out our BJJ Game Theory Course on Gold BJJ Online Enter the code “high%” at checkout for 10% off. He’s also the author of “The True Believers”, a true story about a martial arts cult.…
Blue Belts Are Infinitely More Dangerous Than White
Jul 7 • 12 min
The leap from white to blue belt is so great, it’s worth unpacking some data to make the point. Check out our BJJ Game Theory Course on Gold BJJ Online Enter the code “high%” at checkout for 10% off. Louis is the managing editor of youjiujitsu.com He’s…
How We Know Ground Fighting is Safer
Jun 30 • 13 min
We have pretty good data to support the claim that taking a fighter to the ground, while not always safe, is usually SAFER than keeping it on the feet. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Check out our BJJ Game Theory Course on…
How Do Women Fight Differently Than Men?
Jun 23 • 15 min
What do the stats say about how women fight? We have some clear cut answers. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Check out our BJJ Game Theory Course on Gold BJJ Online Louis is the managing editor of youjiujitsu.com He’s also the…
Why Training For “No Time Limits” Makes No Sense
Jun 16 • 9 min
EDIT: We apologize about the less-than-great audio in this one. It’s about a million degrees in California and the AC was on during recording. Why do we brag about training for a hypothetical fight with no time limit, when street fights rarely last more…
Can You Apply Game Theory to Self Defense?
Jun 9 • 19 min
We lament all of the challenges with collecting self defense data including our biggest one: convincing people that it’s valid. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s Lapel Guard Encyclopedia Enter the code…
We Know the Highest Percentage Submission, And It’s Not Even Close.
Jun 3 • 21 min
The data is clear, one submission beats out all the rest at white AND blue belt. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s Lapel Guard Encyclopedia Enter the code “high%” at checkout for 10% off. Louis is the…
Why The Chess Analogy Doesn’t Work.
May 27 • 20 min
Chess promotes “decision tree thinking” which doesn’t work in the fast pace of BJJ. You cannot develop a strategy in the midst of a match. Instead, make a strategy BEFORE a match, so that you minimize how much thinking you need to do under pressure. Tags:…
What Are The Lowest Percentage Submissions?
May 19 • 15 min
We have solid data on the submissions that aren’t working at the competitive level, and you’re probably practicing them every day. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s Lapel Guard Encyclopedia Enter the code…
Breaking the Closed Guard Meta
May 13 • 23 min
Surprise, surprise, everyone uses closed guard at the beginner level. Can that exploited? And what guard should we be using to best counter? We’re talking about the tremendous advantage of predictability on today’s show. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu…
The Case Against Submissions
May 6 • 14 min
Crazy Idea: What If we ignored submissions completely as beginners? Even the HIGHEST percentage submission at the white belt level is well under 50%, and when you look at our data on the cost of failed submissions… .it’ll scare you. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu…
Tempo
Apr 29 • 15 min
We’re talking about almighty tempo and how players and teams use the concept in every game from Chess, to Warfare, and of course BJJ. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s Lapel Guard Encyclopedia Enter the…
Does It Pay To Be Aggressive?
Apr 23 • 12 min
Aggression: it’s typically a dirty word in jiu-jitsu. Everyone would rather be the calm, methodical chess master. But our data shows that aggressive fighters tend to win competition matches. How do we explain this? Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu…
Game Theory: Why You Must Be Offensive To Win
Apr 15 • 11 min
Today, we’re talking about the oldest argument in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, offense verses defense. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s Lapel Guard Encyclopedia Enter the code “high%” at checkout for 10% off.…
It’s All About Guard Passing
Apr 11 • 10 min
Are new students learning too many submissions, and not enough guard passing? We dive into the data to understand why passing guard puts the odds firmly in your favor. Tags: BJJ jiujitsu jiu jitsu jujutsu grappling martial arts Sponsored by: Keenan’s…
Welcome to the High Percentage Podcast!
Apr 11 • 13 min
This is the podcast where we look at Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu through the lenses of Game Theory, Statistics, and Science. We watch hundreds of fights and report back to you on what really is making the difference in competitive BJJ. We’re giving you the data to…