Seriously, The Lockdown Isn't A Part Of Your BJJ Game? You don't want to miss this one!

10p in a gi gi Dec 11, 2020

Jiu-Jitsu is a playground to explore! With so many variations, so many options, so many different nuances that make up the Gentle Art... You just can't help but fall in love with it! There's always room for experimentation, for making progress, and for becoming much, much more knowledgeable than you were before. No wonder almost every single Jiujiteiro gets addicted to the sport – it's almost as if it was made for the sole purpose of making you happy.

So, what was the last setup or technique you experimented with? Has it been the Lockdown?

If not, then it definitely should've been!



First of all, if you haven't even tried implementing the Lockdown within your BJJ game, then you're making a grave mistake, particularly if you're someone who enjoys the Half Guard and all of its variations.

Now, why might that be? What does the Half Guard have to do with it, anyway? Well, in the most simple of terms, the Lockdown is nothing more than a Half Guard variation. A more advanced variation that is; one that enables you to both be safer and more energy-efficient with your attacks at the same time.

Safer? Yup, that's right. Think back to the "regular "Half Guard –to keep yourself safe within it, you have to change positions regularly. You're always on the lookout for whether or not the opponent will pass your guard, and you're a lot more dependable on their choices rather than your own... Whereas when you utilize the Lockdown, you can have much more initial control over your opponents; as the name says, they're locked in place! Now they can't pass your guard nor even posture up as quickly as before – which will make them extremely frustrated!

And secondly, you'll be much more efficient with energy in regards to the offensive part of your game as well. That is, as you have the opponent's or training partner's leg stuck in place with your hooks, you're not only making them more stagnant (therefore, by default, much more susceptible to attacks), but you're actively off-balancing them, too. This turns them into ripe targets not just for the multitude of sweep techniques but for a whole barrage of submission setups as well (Electric Chair, anyone?).



If you aren't used to executing the Lotus Lockdown in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, then don't fret. It would be best if you got a beginner-level understanding of what makes it work. For example, many people make the mistake of thinking that the Lotus Lockdown is made up only of the leg entanglement. While hooking the opponent's leg, straightening your legs, and then flexing your feet might seem as being the most distinctive part of the technique, it isn't the only part of it; and it certainly isn't enough to make your setups work.

Instead, it would help if you were proactive with your hooks. You must pay attention to the upper body as well! For, how are you supposed to control your opponent if only focused on his legs... Or, in the words of Dean Lister (albeit a bit twisted): why would you ignore 50% of the human body?

Furthermore, have you noticed just how vital the under-hooks are for the Lotus Lockdown? For example, even the coolest submission, such as the Electric Chair, is hard to set up without them; And it's not just the under-hook that's important, but your over-hook is too.

Bottom line: the Lotus Lockdown is your great friend. Learn about it and practice it regularly to become a master at something that few people understand. You will be surprised how fast you can learn it, but your opponents will be even more surprised when you frequently sweep and submit them as they generally have no real answer to the Lotus Lockdown.


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