14 Sep 2010

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  • If my ankles weren’t flexible before…

    This Article comes from Arcanum Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Blog
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    …they are now.

    Dave subbed for Gerald and took requests for what to learn. We spent the class reviewing straight foot locks, toe holds and heel hooks as a result.

    Class started with a very interesting flashback as Dave recalled the old-school attitude towards leg attacks in BJJ.

    Apparently in the days before SkinnyD stepped onto the mats, there was an era when leg locks were almost taboo. In Dave’s early BJJ days, leg locks were considered a lesser form of submission, especially among Brazilians. They were just above karate chops to the groin on the list of desperate, last-ditch, dirty moves. (Of course, this meant that Dave wanted to learn them, so off he went to study the art of leg mangling with the Sambo crowd.)

    While we BJJ noobs might scoff at the idea that leg locks were once taboo, it does make for some interesting discussion. For one thing, the overall acceptance of leg locks today shows us just how open-minded and alive our art is. It also makes me wonder if there are any moves today that draw similar sentiments. I rather feel that way about neck cranks, for instance. And small joint manipulation. Will we see the day when pinky toes are a common attack point during guard passing at competition?

    All kidding aside, I think as BJJ practitioners we ought to be open to anything that works. And yes, that includes small joint manipulation. Obviously we’ll probably never see this legalized in tournaments, and with good reason. It’s cheap and dirty and completely obnoxious. But does that mean we shouldn’t learn the dirty little tricks if we have the opportunity? Definitely not. If someone intent on truly hurting me is trying to choke me out with an RNC, you’d better believe I’ll be tearing their index finger off while I try to escape. And I will probably throw in a karate chop to the groin for good measure.

    Enough with the rant. I’m going to do a quick technique summary without much elaboration in the interest of time.

    Principle: Secure the hold before you drop into the straight foot lock from within the guard.

    So many leg attacks end in a scramble to see who can apply the lock first. We’ve all been there, it’s OK.

    The way to avoid that is by having such a quick, tight figure four frame on the foot lock hold that when you are dropping back into the submission, they are tapping before they even have a chance to grab for your feet.

    Principle: One failed submission attempt often leads to another successful submission.

    The straight foot lock, if they manage to create an angle that prevents the lock, can lead to the heel hook, which can lead to a toe hold if they roll out of it.

    Principle: The heel hook and foot lock rely on good angles. To eliminate those angles is to neutralize the submission.

    Defend the straight foot lock by following your opponent up into it and “putting on the boot” (grabbing their arm and forcing your leg through the hole into mount) or firmly planting your foot on the mat. This eliminates any angle they have on your ankle and neutralizes their ability to apply torque. Or in other words, it eliminates their fulcrum (a shout out the BJJ and levers analogy).

    Defend the heel hook by turning with the submission and sitting back into it so you end up basically riding on your opponent. This eliminates the angle they have on your leg and actually allows you to go for a toe hold of your own.

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