I’m old enough to remember a time when almost all leglocks (except heel hooks) and leg locking positions were legal in BJJ competition.
But in the last 20 years the IBJJF – the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation – has really clamped down on what’s legal in their BJJ competitions, and since it’s the biggest organising body in the sport these rule changes have really changed the leglock game.
Essentially they have banned the most effective leglock (the heel hook) and one of the most effective leg control positions (the reap), and you can now get DQ’d from an IBJJF tournament if what you’re doing even begins to resemble one of these banned moves.
But that doesn’t mean that you can’t leglock. There still are effective leglocks available to you; you just have to understand what’s legal and what’s not.
In this new video Rob Biernacki and I show you what’s illegal in IBJJF competition, and then break down the 5 big leglocks that you can still use, which are the Ankle Lock, Kneebar, Toehold, Calf Slicer and Estima Lock.
Plus we also cover a lot of the gray areas in the rules, inadvertent transitions that could get you DQ’d, and our thoughts on when you should start training leglocks in your BJJ career.
This is an important video: check it out!