BJJ INSTRUCTIONALS — 03 January 2014
Pulling Off The Toe Hold From Top Half Guard

There are so many submissions out there in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that it could make your head spin!

Personally, I love me some leg locks!  While I understand they are very polarizing, I feel that they are the perfect tool to end a match in the blink of an eye, and every grappler should have at least a few leg locks in their arsenal.

Today, I’m going to take a closer look at the toe hold submission from top half guard.  This is a slick looking hold that will do what it sets out to do and that is make your opponent tap out and give you the submission victory!

Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

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How To Go About Executing The Hold

With our opponent down and on the mat, while we work from top half guard, there are a few things that we will want to look out for.  The first major step to this process is knowing where his shin is, and chances are very high that it’ll be across your torso/mid-section.

Once they do this, we’ll want to reach down and grab their ankle, not their foot itself.  With this in place, take your off hand and bring it over and across the achillies of our opponent, so that our wrist is right by the heel.

Now that we have our grips in place, we’ll want to begin adding some pressure to it by applying the actual submission hold.  The final step is to slide your leg under your opponent, and sit backwards onto the mat.toe-hold

From this final spot, it’s time to go for the finish!  To do so, you’ll want to bring the big toe of your opponent towards their back, which will be enough for the submission to take its toll and have them tap out.

The Focus Of The Toe Hold Submission

Every leg lock has a malicious purpose when done properly.  With a heavy degree of pain, they are all unique in their own way.

The focus of the toe hold is not to attack and put pressure on the toes, but the ankle of our opposition.  If it were to be a direct hit to the toes, chances are it wouldn’t be as effective because high-level grapplers with great thresholds for pain probably wouldn’t tap out to a broken toe.

However, if you threaten their ability to walk properly for some time, then you put them in a totally different position.

Leg locks can be so devastating that people will tap out to them before there is any serious pressure applied in order to avoid taking on any serious damage.

No matter how you look at it, there is no getting around the effectiveness of these submission holds.  In my opinion, they are a must for every grappler out there and will make you much more feared on that mat than you could have ever imagined!

Here is another great article on the rolling toe hold from the half guard.

Dan Faggella

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