Why Leg Locks can be an Unfair Advantage in BJJ
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If your first thought was, “I ron’t know Raggy” like Scooby Doo or “Uhh…hha” like Beavis and Butthead, then you my friend are probably going to be in a world of hurt, pretty soon on the mat, if you aren’t already…
But never fear… because I’m here to tell you that there is hope for you, yet, my friend.
And not only can you get better QUICKLY, but you can dramatically change your game, in a short period of time, while simultaneously increasing your ability to beat bigger and stronger guys. You will even see a dramatic change in your ability to roll with… AND TAP higher belt guys with more experience than you.
Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it almost is, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
There are certain techniques that you can add to your game RIGHT NOW that will dramatically increase your success on the mat.
I’m not talking some high flying impossible ‘ninja’ moves, or a secret Holy Grail of lost BJJ moves, but I’m talking sound, simple, technical techniques, that you can immediately add to your game TODAY, and they are guaranteed to give you a leg up on the competition.
You want in on the little secret that most BJJ players pray that you will never learn because they are moves that literally shut down about 90% of most guys game… hence earning them the name- BJJ KILLERS.
You give up? I’m talking about Leg Locks.
Here’s one of Dan’s fun setups from the 50-50 guard:
I actually started out my Martial Arts career in Combat Sambo (yep, just like the KGB agents) and let me tell you flat out that Leg Locks are LETHAL and will in fact completely shut down 90% of guys Guard game. Period.
Without getting into a whole BJJ Conspiracy Theory scenario, let me just say that they (leg locks) were BANNED from BJJ back in the day, FOR A REASON (like completely shutting down Guard players game), and even today are illegal at the lower belt levels. I’ll leave it at that for now, but Leg Locks are definitely on the rise again.
Even the top players in the World today, like Rafael Mendes and Buchecha are using leg locks, but if you look back just a couple years ago, there was a spark in BJJ when guys like Ryan Hall revolutionized the 50/50.
You can even look back 11 years ago when; Dean Lister first used it in competition (that I know of) in Abu Dhabi in 2003 when he submitted ‘Cacareco’ [Alexandre Ferreira]. And undoubtedly you heard about the recent UFC offenses of ‘Toquinho’ [Rousimar Palhares]. The controversy wasn’t due only to the breaking of the rules, but also due to the extreme danger of leg locks.
I could go on all day, with case after case to prove my point, but you don’t have time for that, so let me leave you with one last thought.
How often do you train leg locks? If you are like 95% of the BJJ world, chances are not very often.
Now flip that around and you will realize that if only 5% of the BJJ world IS practicing leg locks… It should be pretty obvious that you would be so much further ahead, if you trained and understood leg locks (which most people don’t).
So let me ask you again, “What are you doing to get better?”
Better yet, what should you be doing to get a leg up on the competition?
– Willie Laney, friend of Daniel Faggella, creator of the BJJ Straight Jacket DVD