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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