One of my favorite expressions is that “jiu-jitsu is a game of inches”. Sometimes a whole match can be decided by the battle to move your hand one inch forward. (more…)
I recently had a great discussion with Dan and Caleb from TheFightwork’s Podcast about the role of leglocks in Brazilian jiu- jitsu. We discussed a lot of things leglock, including how to train them safely (more…)
Jumping into a leg lock is a great alternative to pulling guard! Here’s a technique to go from standing directly into a leglock that I’ve used successfully multiple times, both in competition and in sparring.
When you’re doing a leglock a tiny adjustment can have a huge effect. And if you’re doing something wrong then it can totally shut down your attack.
Leglocks are no different – if you can simply avoid making these common mistakes then you’ll put the power of your leglock attacks through the roof. (more…)
The rolling toehold is a very powerful, very surprising attack. Here’s a way to counter it and shut it down when your opponent tries to do it to you. (more…)
Oleg Taktarov was one of the early pioneers in the UFC. Coming from a sambo background he had a very distinctive skill set.
And nobody had more heart!!
I’m delighted that Oleg recently stepped back into the cage and defeated Mark Kerr with a kneebar, which has always been one of Oleg’s signature moves. Oleg was very influential on my leglock game development (more…)
A few weeks ago I was practicing technique with a big, strong rock climber who had a grip from hell and tenacious isometric strength. I noticed how much he liked controlling my gi, breaking my posture and attacking with collar chokes. (more…)
In the previous article we discussed some of the most dangerous submissions in grappling, and ended with the question of how one can train these submissions realistically…
The easy answer “slowly, gently, and with control”. But even with this advice people still get hurt, so obviously more explanation is required.
Not all submissions are created equal: some cause pain, some put you to sleep, and some do a lot of damage. Today I want to talk about the latter category, those submissions most likely to send you to the orthopedic surgeon. (more…)
It seems like every MMA, BJJ and submission grappling competitor has a highlight video nowadays, and I’m going to share my favorite one with you. (more…)
Grapplers are a tough bunch, and generally tend to ignore injuries unless broken bones are actually protruding from a wound. I want to temper this tendency by using the Grapplearts pulpit to discuss a very serious category of orthopedic injury: strains and sprains of the lowly foot. (more…)
A reader writes:
Q: ” I have a question about the relevance of Sambo in helping improve a fighter’s leglocks. Does it really help that much to practice Sambo if you want to become very skilled at leglocks?” (more…)
Q: Given that leglocks are dangerous, how do you train them safely and still have confidence that they will work in a ‘live’ setting.
A: Although ANY submission is potentially dangerous, cranking someone with a heel hook or toehold can not only end the match, it can end your opponent’s athletic career. (more…)
Someone recently asked me if they should attack the top or the bottom leg when doing a kneebar. This is actually the second or third time I’ve been asked this question, so I think it is worthwhile to address it here in writing. (more…)
There is a certain type of opponent who is best described as a compulsive leglocker. You know the type: no sooner have you put him in your guard than he flings himself backwards and starts attacking your lower body with ankle locks, toe holds, kneebars and other submissions. (more…)
As you may know already, I like leglocks a lot.I have applied hundreds upon hundreds of leglocks to training partners without injuring them.This week I am going to tell you about the ONLY person I have ever injured using a leglock. (more…)
Today’s topic is a slightly unusual control position for footlocks. Control positions are methods of positioning your legs while you are attempting a leglock. The purpose of a control position is to control your opponent’s legs and body while you set up and execute your leglock. (more…)
In a recent article I talked about the most common mistake novice leglockers make when trying to use the ankle lock. Here are a few more common errors: (more…)
Let’s talk about the basic ankle lock (also known as the ‘Achilles lock’ or the ‘straight foot lock’) today. When I see people trying ankle locks in sparring and in competition the most common error I see is targetting, by which I mean where they are placing their forearms on their opponent’s ankle. (more…)
Many Jiu-jitsu schools discourage, and even disallow, the use of leglocks while sparring. They argue that leglocks are a ‘cheap’ technique, and/or are unsafe, and/or prevent you from developing a good guard passing game.
I respectfully disagree. (more…)