“The single best resource or instructional on leglocks I’ve ever seen”
UPDATE: As of October 13th, 2017, The Modern Leglock Formula is now available again! More details below…
After years of research and development The Modern Leglock Formula with Rob Biernacki and Stephan Kesting is out!
This ultimate guide to leglocking in the modern era by these two well-known BJJ black belts instructors is available both as a 6 DVD set, and also in an online format that you can access instantly on your computer, phone, or tablet.
This resource will give you a proven,step-by-step system for safely adding ultra-effective lower body submissions to your game. Now you can add the same leglock techniques and strategies that have transformed the grappling scene to your own submission arsenal.
Leglocks Are the Great Equaliser
Leglocks are the hottest area of jiu-jitsu right now, and that’s for a good reason…
They are the great equaliser and give you a totally unfair advantage on the mat. Leglocks allow you to go against people who should be completely dominating you, turn the tables, and tap them out instead.
Leglocks are the easiest way to submit a more experienced grappler.
We’re at a funny stage now in jiu-jitsu… There are lots of grapplers who are super skilled at the traditional upper body submissions but are still absolute beginners at leglocks. It’s not the way it should be, but many BJJ black belts are wizards at armbars and triangle chokes but only white belts when it comes to understanding the lower body game.
This creates a HUGE opportunity for you right now to submit higher belts. All you need is to know what to do.
The leglock game is a very technical battle, and a little bit of knowledge goes a long way. So having even a bit more knowledge in this area than someone else allows you to move into attacks confidently, knowing that he probably won’t have an answer to them.
It’s simple: if your opponent has ignored leglocks then you’ll be able to tap him easily, even if if he’s been training three times longer than you have.
Leglocks are also the best way to tap out someone much stronger than you.
Bigger, stronger guys are always scary. Even if you catch them in a submission then they can often just power out of it. For example, a big guy can literally bicep curl his way out of an armbar, and someone with a really thick neck can often survive your triangle choke.
One excellent answer is not to even engage them in an upper body battle of strength. Instead change the game and go to the legs.
First of all, it’s much safer. Once you catch someone in a leg entanglement it’s extremely difficult for him to get to their feet and get his weight back on top of you. That’s because you’re controlling his legs and his base until the the exact moment that you attack with your final submission.
And then, the best part is that size is no defense against a properly executed leglock.
That’s because with modern leglocks you attack the smallest portion of his leg – the tiny muscles and ligaments that don’t scale up with size. And you’re doing it with your biggest, most powerful muscles.
It’s a totally unfair contest, one you’re going to win every time.
The Leglock Game is Changing.
Leglocks have been around a long time, but in the last few years they have become much more sophisticated, powerful, and effective.
New strategies and transitions have been developed. The control positions have been refined. And the actual submissions themselves are now applied in a different way that requires much less strength.
These innovations have resulted in leglocks becoming the dominant submission in no gi grappling competitions like EBI, Polaris, and ADCC (plus they’ve had a resurgence in MMA as well.)
So in the modern era you can’t only attack half the body!
Like it or not, the leglocks are coming.
And when it comes to defense, then it’s only a matter of time until someone jumps on your legs. If you don’t know the lower body game then you’re going to end up tapping out multiple times in a single sparring session, or losing that big competition just a few seconds after stepping on the mat. You don’t want to end up in a submission that you have NO idea how to defend.
You just can’t stick your head in the sand and hope that this part of jiu-jitsu goes away.
The difference between success and being left behind here is knowledge. Knowing what to do gives you options, both when it comes to leglock attack and defense.
You don’t want to be left behind in this area of jiu-jitsu.
Who Am I?
My name is Stephan Kesting. I’m the producer and co-teacher of The Modern Leglock Formula.
I’m a BJJ black belt and have been doing martial arts for over 35 years, including many grappling arts like sambo, judo, submission wrestling and shoot wrestling.
I’ve been teaching online for a long time. My Youtube videos about BJJ have over 39 million views, I’ve sold tens of thousands of instructional DVDs and apps, and millions of people have visited my Grapplearts website.
The very first leglock I ever learned was shown to me by Dan Inosanto in the early 1990’s, and since then have trained extensively with leg lockers like Erik Paulson, Oleg Taktarov, Marcus Soares, and others. So this has been an area of special interest to me.
Leglocks have allowed me to beat BJJ black belts, win competitions and feel like there was an ace up my sleeve when I was facing a really tough opponent.
So with all that leg lock experience let me be really emphatic…
The Modern Leglock Formula is the single best resource or instructional on leglocks that I’ve ever seen”.
It’s changed the way I approach the lower body game and has made it much more efficient, effective, and powerful.
If you’re even a little bit interested in leglocks then grab this instructional right away. I endorse it completely and guarantee it 100%.
Who is Rob Biernacki?
Rob Biernacki is a BJJ black belt, head instructor of Island Top Team, and the creator of the Modern Leglock Formula.
He’s also among the forefront of the new wave of BJJ instructors, using sports science, biomechanics, kinesiology and a conceptual approach to the martial arts.
Together with Stephan Kesting he has previously released the bestselling ‘BJJ Formula’ instructional, which was a scientific and biomechanically-based approach to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. This was described by many as the best, most useful instructional on BJJ that they had ever seen.
His approach to developing The Modern Leglock Formula combined intensive research, competition analysis, and experimentation with techniques and strategies learned from some of the best instructors and competitors around the country.
Rob has traveled to train with Marcelo Garcia, Caio Terra, Eddie Cummings, Paul Schreiner, and Henry Akins, Ryan Hall, Dean Lister, Jake McKenzie, Ricardo Liborio, and Charles McCarthy from ATT from whom he received his black belt.
He frequently teaches seminars at academies throughout North America and is sought after for private instruction by other BJJ instructors seeking cutting edge information.
He has also coached high level competitors like BJJ legend Bill Cooper, Matt Kwan, Kyle Boehm and others to victory using his leglock system.
Some Highlights of the Modern Leglock Formula
There’s a lot of material in the Modern Leglock Formula instructional and it’s something that you can go back to again and again. That being said, here are a few of the highlights…
- 10 volumes and over 10 hours of world class leglock instruction with hundreds of techniques, drills, transitions, combinations, defenses and finishes
- The underlying concepts and explanations of leglocking techniques so you can learn the material easier, retain it better and make decisions faster on the mats
- This is a complete, step-by-step submission system that takes you through an entire approach to leglocking and NOT just a bunch of individual techniques
- How to effortlessly finish leglock submissions on people MUCH bigger and stronger than you
- Techniques and strategies to shut down your opponent’s ability to stand up when go for a leglock
- A ton of material so you can come back to the instructional again and again. For example in just volume 4 you’ll get 37 different high percentage entries into leglocks
- How to escape bad positions and use get straight into a leglock attack on your opponent
- Techniques to transition effortlessly between positions, so you can counter all your opponent’s escape attempts
- A system proven to work against black belts and high level grapplers in competition
- Guard passing against a leglocker without giving him the opportunity to catch you in a submission during the pass
- How to control leglock positions so that you can enter and disengage at will and not your opponent’s terms
- How to dismantle your opponent’s leglock defences and tap him out, even if he wants only to stall or wildly tries to flee the position
- The secrets of using your leglocks to set up your guard passes… and how to use your guard passing to set up your leglocks
- A system for relentlessly improving your position, transitioning from from the easy-to-get leg entanglements to the almost-impossible-to-leglock positions
- Simple adjustments to tap out even those ridiculously flexible or super tough opponents
- How to safely abandon a failed leglock attempt and return to the top position at will.
- How to dismantle your opponent’s leglock defences regardless of whether he’s ‘staying in the pocket’ and defending or just wildly trying to flee the position
- The ‘shock absorber’ concept and how you can make your submissions 300% tighter by taking the slack out of your opponent’s legs
- The highest percentage defenses and escapes that’ll allow you to escape the very worst leglock situations
- An easy way to your leglock control positions to make sure they’re super-tight, even before you use your hands!
- How to train leglocks safely, both for and for your training partner
- The best grips to use when your opponent’s feet are slippery with sweat
- High percentage leglocks that you can use when heel hooks are illegal
- Drills to make your leglock attacks and transitions smooth and instinctive
- And so much more material it’ll make your head spin. It’s all geared for giving you leglock mastery without you having to spend hundreds of hours – and tens of thousands of dollars – to travel and train with the world’s foremost leglock experts
What Exactly Are You Getting in the Modern Leglock Formula?
Modern Leglocks Formula is a complete A to Z system for mastering modern leglocks. It is the single-most complete instructional on effective leglocks ever published, with over 10 hours of instruction taught in clear and simple ways using with multiple camera angles for maximum visibility.
The material is logically arranged into 10 volumes (which fit onto 6 dual layer DVDs if you end up getting the physical disks).
If you’re new to leglocks then for the fastest bang for your buck I suggest starting with volumes 1, 2 and 3. With just those 3 volumes under your belt you’ll already be lightyears ahead of most of your teammates. After that the remaining 7 volumes will allow you to go as deep as you like into the leglock rabbit hole. All of a sudden you’ll start seeing leglocks everywhere you look and have more than enough material to get your ‘black belt’ in lower body submissions.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the 10 volumes…
Volume 1, The Biomechanics of Breaking a Leg (Leglock Theory)
Understanding the details behind the scenes when you apply a technique will make those techniques MUCH more effective. It’ll also make all the details easier to remember, because instead of just memorising steps in a move you’ll understand the reasons why you’re doing each step.
This volume is a super-practical breakdown of the concepts that separate the leglocks applied by recreational players and elite, world class competitors. These principles will make all your leglocks MUCH tighter and more effective.
Volume 2, What are the Best Leglock Positions (Leglock Taxonomy)
This volume takes you through the very best leglock positions, explaining the little tweaks that make it completely impossible for your opponent to rip his leg out of your clutches.
The details you’ll get in this volume will instantly make your leglock entanglements feel much, much tighter. And you’ll be able to instantly choose the exact right type of leg entanglement to deal with any opponent you might might run into.
Volume 3, How to Actually Finish a Leglock (Dig and Breaking Mechanics)
If people know that you’re going after their legs the first thing they’ll try to do is to hide their feet, kick your grips off with his legs, and do anything he can to prevent the leglock. Fortunately you’ll learn super-powerful ways to get your preferred grip no matter what your opponent does.
Also we also cover the exact grips, adjustments, and body mechanics that’ll make your opponent’s foot feel like it’s about to explode. These are the hidden adjustments that make it easy to finish someone even if he’s twice your size.
Volume 4, How to Get into a Leglock from Anywhere, Top or Bottom (Leglock Entries)
This is a huge volume, and in it you’ll get ways to get into the leglock entanglements from almost every position in jiu-jitsu.
With these techniques you’ll be able to hit leglocks regardless of whether you’re on top, on bottom, passing the guard, attacking from the guard, or in a scramble. Your opponents will never feel safe again!
Volume 5, Moving Between the Major Leglock Positions (Leglock Transitions)
One of the core concepts in the Modern Leglock Formula is improving your position. You want put your opponent into worse and worse positions until escape is impossible and you can apply the finishing leglock at your leisure and with complete control.
This amazing volume is full of transitions that your opponent won’t expect and will be unable to stop.
Volume 6, How Escape and Prevent Leglocks Done to You (Leglock Defense)
In the modern grappling environment it’s getting easier and easier to run into a really good leglocker and find yourself on the defensive. But just because someone’s going after your leg doesn’t mean that you need to tap out… if you know what to do you can escape and turn the tables on your opponent.
Using the techniques and concepts in this volume you’ll easily start preventing and defending leglock attacks you once thought were inescapable.
Volume 7, Advanced Transitions Against Common Escape Attempts (Advanced Leglocking)
As you become known as a leg locker people will start to develop defences and get better at escapes. But each escape attempt can be a new opportunity for you if you just know what to do.
This section focuses on the advanced techniques and transitions that you can use to take advantage of your opponent’s attempts to escape your attacks.
Volume 8, Transitions to Passing and Upper Body Attacks
In this volume you’ll learn how to follow up if your leglock attacks just aren’t working. You’ll get the techniques you need to transition from different leg entanglements to get to the top, pass the guard, and take the back.
This ability to combine lower body and upper body attacks is the sign of a complete grappler.
Volume 9, Passing the Guard of a Leglocker
It can be scary to enter the guard of a skilled leg locker because you know you’re only one move away from getting submitted. Screw up even a little and you’ll be caught in a heel hook, toe hold or kneebar.
There are right and wrong ways to pass the guard of a leg locker. The techniques and strategies in Volume 9 will keep you safe while also allowing you to cut right through the guard of leglock specialist.
Volume 10, Specialty Leglock Situations
In this section you’ll learn escapes from difficult positions and submissions that take you directly into devastating leglocks. Make your opponent pay for even thinking that he was going to tap you out!
Limited Time Bonus Offer (A $97 Value)
The Single Leg X Guard (SLX) is a guard position used in BJJ by top fighters like Marcelo Garcia, Leandro Lo and many others.
Superficially it is similar to the ‘Ashi Garami’ leg entanglement position in modern leglocking, although the focus is almost 100% on sweeping your opponent instead of immediately submitting him.
The thing is that the SLX and the leglock game are like a jab and a cross; they go incredibly well together.
If you combine the techniques and strategies of the SLX together with your newfound leglocking knowledge then you’ll really have the best of both worlds. Your opponent won’t know whether you’re submitting him or sweeping him.
So here’s the deal…
If you order the Modern Leglock Formula today I’ll also give you instant online access to my entire Single Leg X Guard Masterclass online program, normally a $97 value, for free. You’ll get an email with login details about 10 minutes after you complete your leglock purchase.
This bonus won’t last forever, so please move quick if you want to get this additional training for free.
100% Money Back Guarantee.
I’m so confident that this is the best leglock instructional that you’ve ever seen that I will back it up with a 100%, no wiggle-room, zero hassle money back guarantee.
My return policy on this is really simple: if you don’t like the material, if you don’t find the format useful, if you find the rashguard designs offensive – anything – then you have 365 days to let me know and I’ll give you a complete refund.
This is not about ‘tricking’ you into buying something that isn’t useful and isn’t what you needed.
It’s about being able to check this product out with confidence that it’s going to work for you, or all your money back.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What formats is The Modern Leglock Formula available in?
A: It is currently available in a 6 DVD set (most of those DVDs are dual layer to fit all the information) and in an instantly available streaming format on Grapplearts.com. As part of the initial launch we’re offering an option of getting both the DVDs and the online version for the price of just the DVDs.
Q: Is this an app, or will a series of apps with this material become available in the future.
Firstly, the on-demand digital version plays very well on smartphones and tablets anywhere that you have data or a wifi connection.
I honestly don’t know whether I’m going to be making a series of stand-alone apps for this material, in part because it’s getting harder to get apps approved by the app store (if you work for Apple and can help me out with this then please let me know!)
Finally, should the apps ever come out, then anyone who first purchased the DVD or on demand version of The Modern Leglock Formula during the launch will get an absolute killer discount (95% off) on the apps.
Q: Are leglocks safe?
A: The modern system of leg locking is much safer than old school leglocks for two main reasons…
First, it focuses much more on getting to and controlling the leg with one of the fundamental leglock control positions. In fact you and your partner can spend an entire sparring session just going for and maintaining a dominant leglock position and never actually cranking the actual submission itself.
And secondly, the modern approach to heel hooks focuses on immobilising the the knee and attacking the ankle instead. That makes it possible to apply the submissions slower, with more control, and not apply them against the vulnerable knee joint.
A Final Word from Stephan Kesting
I’ve done a lot of leglocking in the past and I still think that The Modern Leglock Formula contains a TON of stuff I didn’t know. In doing this project with Rob Biernacki I learned techniques, concepts, drills and transitions that made my leglock game more reliable and way more effective.
I’m sure it can do the same for you too, regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced student, which is why it comes with such a strong unconditional guarantee.
Bottom line: it really is the best product on the market for learning this aspect of grappling.
Good luck with your training, and happy leglocking!!
P.S. As you may have noticed, the prices for this product are quite heavily discounted right now. This is a tradition here at Grapplearts whenever we launch a new product. Plus we’re including the bonus SLX training for free right now. This discount and bonus won’t last past the initial launch period, which tentatively ends on July 26th or whenever we run out of DVDs, whichever comes first.
P.P.S. Just to reiterate: if you buy this product you’re protected by my unconditional 365 day moneyback guarantee. Don’t like the material for any reason at all? No problem, you get your money back. I’d rather keep you as a satisfied friend than as a disgruntled customer!