My friend Shawn visited us for some training at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu Baltimore. After class, I showed him a simple setup I teach all my students to chain three submissions together. Linking the three together helps students to plan ahead in case one attempt gets blocked.
The chain starts with my favorite submission: Ude Garami or the Kimura. This arm entanglement is more than just a submission, it's also a pin that can be used to control your partner. Used the right way, Ude Garami requires little energy or strength to maintain.
The next submission in the chain is Okuri Eri Jime, or sliding collar choke. If your partner blocks your attempt for the Kimura, he frees a path to his neck. I like to help my students keep their positioning simple, so both of the first two submissions are setup from North South in a single kneeling posture. You only need to switch from one knee posting to the other to go between the first two submissions.
The last submission is Juji Gatame, or cross armlock. Make sure to step high over the torso to avoid getting trapped in guard during this transition. From Juji Gatame, it's easy to work backwards to Okuri Eri Jime; or to jump back to the start for Ude Garami.
This is a great submission chain that creates lots of opportunities for the finish.
John David Emmett is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with an interest in movement and the Feldenkrais method. He teaches at Zenyo Jiu Jitsu in Baltimore.