Podcast EP3: Erik Paulson; an MMA Master Coach Shares His Secrets

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Erik Paulson is an MMA Master Coach.  He's trained tons of fighters competing at the highest levels of Mixed Martial Arts.  And he held the Shooto light-heavyweight title in Japan for 5 years. He's also my friend and a mentor. Recently I asked my newsletter readers if there was something in particular you wanted to ask Erik.  (Hey, if you were signed up for the FREE Grappling Tips newsletter … [Read more...]

Breaking down the Ankle Lock

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Originally published in Grappling Magazine (August 2005 issue) The ankle lock has a long and varied history. This technique was used by many of the traditional Ju-jutsu schools in medieval Japan, North American Catch Wrestling as well as in pre-World War 2 Judo. Then it fell onto hard times. Judo banned the ankle lock. Catch Wrestling faded in prominence. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu never actually … [Read more...]

Submission Grappling Leglock

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Leglocks have been around for a long time, but modern grapplers use them in slightly different contexts than classical grapplers. Here's how a submission grappler might link a takedown and a match-ending ankle-lock... (This technique is from the Submission Grappling vs. Classical Ju-Jutsu article on Grapplearts.com) … [Read more...]

Leglock Entry from Standing Clinch

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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. This clip is from the 'Entries' section of the High Percentage Leglocks DVD,  available on this site. … [Read more...]

The Four Most Common Leglock Mistakes

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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. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to a Leglock Master

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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 … [Read more...]