The High Percentage Podcast

20 EpisodesProduced by High PercentageWebsite

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?

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If You Can't Submit Someone In Three Minutes, It's Probably Not Going To Happen

August 12th, 2019


 We've timestamped 500 submissions, answering the question: what's the most dangerous time in a match?


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The Data That Is Killing The Self Defense Industry

August 5th, 2019


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 …

How Do We Record the Matches?

July 29th, 2019


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 …

The Law of Large Numbers

July 22nd, 2019


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.


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Why Your Memory Isn't Reliable Under Pressure

July 16th, 2019



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Blue Belts Are Infinitely More Dangerous Than White

July 8th, 2019


The leap from white to blue belt is so great, it's worth unpacking some data to make the point. 


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How We Know Ground Fighting is Safer

July 1st, 2019


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.

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How Do Women Fight Differently Than Men?

June 24th, 2019


 What do the stats say about how women fight? We have some clear cut answers.

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Why Training For "No Time Limits" Makes No Sense

June 17th, 2019


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. 

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Can You Apply Game Theory to Self Defense?

June 10th, 2019


We lament all of the challenges with collecting self defense data including our biggest one: convincing people that it's valid.


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We Know the Highest Percentage Submission, And It's Not Even Close.

June 3rd, 2019


The data is clear, one submission beats out all the rest at white AND blue belt.

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Why The Chess Analogy Doesn't Work.

May 27th, 2019


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 …

What Are The Lowest Percentage Submissions?

May 20th, 2019


We have solid data on the submissions that aren't working at the competitive level, and you're probably practicing them every day.


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Breaking the Closed Guard Meta

May 13th, 2019


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 …

The Case Against Submissions

May 6th, 2019


 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. . . …


April 30th, 2019


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. 

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Does It Pay To Be Aggressive?

April 23rd, 2019


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 …

Game Theory: Why You Must Be Offensive To Win

April 15th, 2019


Today, we're talking about the oldest argument in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, offense verses defense.

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It's All About Guard Passing

April 11th, 2019


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. 


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Welcome to the High Percentage Podcast!

April 11th, 2019


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 …

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