BJJ INSTRUCTIONALS — 31 December 2013
Fundamental Leg Locks-The Achillies Lock

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For our “foundational moves”, we tend to view them as rather elementary and basic once we reach a given skill level.  However, there are even some moves—while very introductory—can still cross the line from “easy” to “difficult” with ease.

One of these very moves is the achillies lock.  Targeted to take out the legs of your opponent, the hold cause great stress and strain on your oppositions legs, this can be a very vulnerable place to attack.images

Knowing how fragile the leg can be, and the intricate structure of the knee, many people tap out when any kind of leg lock is applied before there is even any kind of pressure being applied.  This is what makes a move like the achillies lock such a dangerous and useful tool to have in your arsenal.

For the set up, we’re assuming that we are starting from a standing position while our opponent is seated on the mat.  We want to avoid just diving right on in for the hold, because this will certainly not end well for us.  Strategy comes into play and you must know how to properly approach it.

How To Properly Execute The Achillies Lock

The first major focus is to knock our opponent backwards onto the mat, which will send their legs up into the air.  To execute this properly, we want to use our momentum by pushing his head backwards all while stepping in with our lead leg and scooping their ankle.

After stepping in and having their leg isolated, you want to make sure that your leg is placed right by the knee of his non-isolated leg, this will prevent him from mounting any type of offense.  Next, take your hand and place it on the knee of the isolated leg, while falling onto the mat, bringing your heel to his hip.  Doing so will keep everything anchored in place, making sure that it won’t budge.

With everything in place, it’s time to go for the kill!  Leaning off at a 45-degree angle, the final step is to secure a grip on the foot of your opponent, and apply pressure for the submission victory.

Like I stated earlier, many people are quick to tap to leg locks, so hopefully it shouldn’t exert too much energy from you to finish the match!

Drilling With Caution

When it comes to drilling leg locks, I can’t stress enough how important it is to practice them with great caution.  One sudden squeeze or movement can spell serious trouble for your training partner, and put them on the shelf for some time with a serious injury.

Being smart about these holds in practice is a must, and you have to train yourself to go half speed in practice, while being able to go 100% in an actual mat.

Drilling is a revolving door, and you must know that what goes around, comes around and people know if you’re someone safe to roll with, or some reckless.

Dan Faggella

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