Leglocks: The Great Equalizer, And How To Perform Each One

 

Leglocks are an extremely powerful tool in the BJJ practitioner’s arsenal of weapons. Leglocks can be dangerous and many of them are considered illegal at various stages of belt development. So be sure to check out your gym’s rules regarding them, and also the rule sets of an tournaments that you may enter.

 

BJJ fighter’s like Garry Tonon, Dean Lister and Eddie Cummings have helped to bring leglocks into the limelight. Eddie bravo’s 10th planet system of no gi BJJ also has had an impact on the surging of footlocks.

 

The first attack is the achilles lock or straight ankle lock. This one is effective and legal just about everywhere.

 

 

The second attack is the kneebar. It is a highly effective technique where the attacker uses their entire body to attack the opponent’s knee.

 

 

The third leg attack of note is the heel hook. Widely considered the most dangerous of leglocks because it remains relatively painless until someones heel and knee pops. Many gi competitions do not allow the heel hook at any belt level. There is an inside, and an outside variation of the heel hook.

 

 

The fourth leg attack is the toe hold. The attack doesn’t attach the toes per se, but in actuality is another vicious knee detroyer.

 

 

The fifth leg attack is called the Estima lock. It is named for Victor and Braulio Estima who developed this specific version.

 

 

The 6th and final leg lock is the calf crusher or calf slicer. Probably the least used of the leg locks generally, it is an extremely effective technique like the others!

 

 

 

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BJJ Lesson: How To Do An Armbar

 

by Daniel, the Dad Blogger

 

So there are many variations on the theme of armbars. I just wanted to know one type that I could rely on and luckily the class tonight was focused on slowing down the technique and mastering the basics of an armbar.

Armbars are very uncomfortable when on the receiving end. Essentially, you have your opponent in knee mount, placing a lot of pressure on your opponents chest and then controlling the arm as this video describes

 

 

Under a correctly applied knee mount, you will find the pressure makes it difficult to breathe and so you quickly lose the energy or will to defend yourself. When this happens, it’s easy to make mistakes and the control that the knee mounted opponent has, can dictate the next move.

In this lesson, it was about controlling the arm. This means exploiting the squashed person’s desperate attempts to free his arm. An armbar effectively means bending the full arm in the opposite direction in which it was designed to go. You create a pivot point on the back of the elbow and pull the forearm backwards against the pivot. There are different variations on this but ultimately it leads to a quick submission as it is obviously painful.

In BJJ training, it is essential that this motion is performed really slowly so that your partner has time to submit which is generally done by tapping. This “tap out” lets you or your partner know that any further pulling on the arm is going to result in injury. But, there needs to be enough pressure to ensure correct technique. There is no point in your partner tapping out when the correct form is not in place. Neither of you will learn from this. You need to learn what your threshold is and your partner needs to learn the limits of the technique and how to perform it safely.

Between the kneeling and the pressure on your arm, this is a very effective technique. I think it’ll take a lot of time to master especially when sparring but basically, you have to be confident and a bit mean on your opponent or you will lose control. After all, this is BJJ.

 

 

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The 67 Throws Of Kodokan Judo

 

The Gokyo no Waza is the standard syllabus of Judo throws originated in 1895. From 1920 to 1982 the Kodokan Gokyo no Waza was made up of 40 throws in 5 groups and these were all of the throwing techniques in the Kodokan syllabus. Around the 100th anniversary of the Kodokan (1982) a group of 8 traditional Judo throws were recognized that had been taken out in 1920, and 17 newer techniques were recognized as official Kodokan Judo throws (called the Shinmeisho no Waza). In 1997 the Kodokan added the last two additional Judo throws to the Shinmeisho no Waza. The following are the only throwing techniques (nage waza) currently recognized by the Kodokan.

 

Information obtained from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and was compiled at matthewsjudo.com Click on the name of each throw to see the technique.

 

Dai Ikkyo (1st group) Yellow Belt Dai Nikyo (2nd group) Orange Belt

Deashi Harai

Forward Foot Sweep

Kosoto Gari

Small Outside Reap

Hiza Guruma

Knee Wheel

Kouchi Gari

Small Inner Reap

Sasae Tsurikomi Ashi

Lifting pulling Ankle Block

Koshi Guruma

Hip Wheel

Uki Goshi

Floating Hip

Tsurikomi Goshi

Lifting Pulling Hip

Osoto Gari

Large Outer Reaping

Okuriashi Harai

Following Foot Sweep

O Goshi

Large Hip Throw

Tai Otoshi

Body Drop

Ouchi Gari

Large Inner Reaping

Harai Goshi

Sweeping Hip Throw

Seoi Nage

Two Arm Shoulder Throw

Uchi Mata

Inner Thigh Throw

 
Dai Sankyo (3rd group) Green Belt)
Dai Yonkyo (4th Group) Blue Belt
Kosoto Gake

Small Outside Hook

Sumi Gaeshi Corner Reversal
Tsuri Goshi Lifting Hip Tani Otoshi Valley Drop
Yoko Otoshi Side Drop Hane Makikomi Spring Wrap-around Throw
Ashi Guruma Leg Wheel Sukui Nage Scoop Throw
Hane Goshi Spring Hip Throw Utsuri Goshi Changing Hip Throw
Harai Tsurikomi Ashi Lifting Pulling Foot Sweep O Guruma Large Wheel
Tomoe Nage Circle Throw Soto Makikomi Outer Wrap Around
Kata Guruma Shoulder Wheel Uki Otoshi Floating Drop
 
Gokyo (5th group) Brown Belt
Habukareta Waza (preserved techniques from 1895 gokyo)
Osoto Guruma Large Outer Wheel Obi Otoshi Belt Drop
Uki Waza Floating Technique Seoi Otoshi Shoulder Drop
Yoko Wakare Side Separation Yama Arashi Mountain Storm
Yoko Guruma Side Wheel Osoto Otoshi Large Outer Drop
Ushiro Goshi Rear Hip Throw Daki Wakare High Lift and Separate
Ura Nage Rear Throw Hikikomi Gaeshi Pulling-in Reversal
Sumi Otoshi Corner Drop Tawara Gaeshi Rice Bale Reversal
Yoko Gake Side Hook Uchi Makikomi Inner Wraparound
 
Shinmeisho No Waza (newly accepted techniques)
Morote Gari Two Hand Reap Uchi Mata Inner Thigh Reep
Kuchiki Taoshi Single Leg Takedown Hane Goshi Spring Hip
Kibisu Gaeshi Heel Trip Reversal Kani Basami Flying Scissors
Uchi Mata Sukashi Hand Technique Osoto Makikomi Major Outer Wrap Around
Daki Age High Lift Kawazu Gake Side Sacrifice Technique
Tsubame Gaeshi Swallows Flight Reversal Harai Makikomi Sweeping Wrap Around
Kouchi Gaeshi Hand Technique Uchi Mata Makikomi Inner Thigh Wrap Around
Ouchi Gaeshi Foot Technique Sode Tsurikomi Goshi Sleeve Lifting Pulling Hip
Osoto Gaeshi Foot Technique Ippon Seoinage One Arm Shoulder Throw
Harai Goshi Sweeping Hip

 

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How To Have Unbreakable Posture In Guard

 

Learn the invisible Jiu-Jitsu behind being safe in closed guard while opening it to pass. Most people have never seen these details before. Have you?

 

 

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The Ruotolo Twins Teach Arm In De La Riva To Triangle

 

“A couple years ago we thought of putting our opponent’s arms inside the De La Riva guard. Here is one of our favorite techniques that we like to drill and practice. The arm in De La Riva to triangle” – Kade and Tye Ruotolo

 

 

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Amazing Pass For Taller Jiu-Jitsu Players

 

This is one of my favorite passes to hit being a Taller Grappler. I can really utilize my length and stay far away from the bottom players legs.

 

By staying so far back it makes it tough to re-guard. A key point is make sure you smash that bottom leg to the floor and then push through it works a lot better this way.

 

This is not a slow pass I should be grabbing the hip shoving the leg down and getting my angle all at the same time. The faster you get at the pass the more successful you will be. – Chad Hardy

 

 

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