Your Jiu-Jitsu is not working? Do this!
We have all heard that Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art where a smaller person can beat a bigger and stronger opponent? However, in many cases, as you might have discovered during sparring, this is not always a reality, especially if your opponent is heavier and uses force to smash your body. How do you deal with these types of situations? Of course, developing a great guard is fundamental, but being able to counter-attack and submit your opponent quickly is more fun and it makes you even more confident and successful.

Position before submission.
Every armor has its weak points. In the case of Jiu-Jitsu, the weak points of most regular practitioners are not physical, but rather an inability to keep on learning and find new ways to evolve their game outside of the traditional positions they are already familiar with. With the average training session spent on drilling mostly passing the guard and upper body focused techniques, there is very little time spent on the legs. One reason behind this is that most instructors aren’t very familiar with the leg locks and so they can’t really teach something they don’t really know to their students. So, if most people don’t train leg locks, how do they actually learn how to defend against them? That’s right, they don’t! This is why this is a great opportunity for you to get ahead of the game, or more precisely, by learning and developing this new skill, you will be catching your opponents by surprise – all the time! As the “father” of the modern-day leglock game Dean Lister once said: “Why ignore 50% of the human body?”

Leg locks seem complicated? Where to begin the journey?
There are many resources covering most of the intricacies of the leg lock game. Many of these highly skilled instructors or former fighters have got their own specific teaching styles. One example of such an instructor is Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares, a fighter both feared and notorious for his lightning-fast heel hooks and for taking too much time to let go of his submissions. In either case, the efficacy of his leglock game remains undeniable, and most if not all of the world’s most highly skilled submission grapplers will confirm the mastery skill level of Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares.

In the video, Mr. Palhares demonstrates a simple way to approach the heel hook straight from the single-leg takedown.