If you’ve been following the no gi grappling scene at all you’ve surely noticed how many matches are finished with leglocks, specifically the heel hook.
The regular heel hook is bad enough, but the ‘reverse’ or ‘inside’ heel hook is even worse. It is the most powerful submission in the entire leglock arsenal.
Just like the regular heel hook, the reverse heel hook can be applied from a variety of different positions. Some of these positions are easier to get but harder to maintain, whereas other positions are essentially a game over situation.
The most secure, hardest to escape leglock position is the ‘411’ alignment (called that because your own legs end up in a figure 4 position and your opponent’s legs are side by side like the number 11.
In the video below my friend and skilled no gi competitor Matt Kwan shows off his favourite entry into the reverse heel hook from the 411.
This is really good stuff!
Now if that piqued your interest about the role of leglocks and heel hooks in modern no gi competition then check out the extensive interview I did with Matt for my podcast.
We cover a lot of topics, but the theme of leglocks comes up again and again.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!