How to Do a Heel Hook MMA Submission

Learn how to do a heel hook MMA submission from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast video.

All right, now we’re going to do a heel hook. The same reaping entry that we did on the leg lock we’re going to do on the heel hook. And we want to lock our legs, okay? that’s going to stop him from coming up and moving. All right. The whole idea is controlling the foot – controlling the foot and not letting him move and pull his feet out. You don’t want to be in a situation like Husamar Polares was where he went for a leg lock on a sweat guy and it whipped out. Not to say that he’s not an amazing competitor – he is, but you have to take into account the sweat factor, lack of friction. Okay. So the idea is, hold the leg, hold the position, get those locks around his leg after you reap and then switch to the heel. So, I’m here, I’m catching the foot just like before, put my foot here, I fall and reap, bring my foot over, and look – I have that same entry as the leg lock, but I turn, and I make his leg bend as much as possible. Now I come here, gable grip, turn this way, and turn my hip this way. So, here – right there. Submitting with the hips. Okay. This is very important. Okay.

Now – Chad stand up. Okay. Another way is, we’re here and I can stick my leg through like that, okay? Sticking my leg through like this. Bump. But again, I want to lock my legs. See – turn over, Chad – see how my legs are locked? If I just kick like this – pull out, go, pull out – uh oh, he got out. Okay? So I’m here, right. Get your legs here, inside him, like that, all right. Make sure the legs bend as much as possible. If he rolls, you roll with him. All right. And you keep that leg bent – keep that leg bent and finish it. Okay. You want to avoid – you want to avoid just kicking over. You want to get your legs crossed and locked in. It’s a little harder from the bottom. Okay. One other entry.

Okay, stand up. Okay. I’m here, right. I’m here in this position, and I can’t take him down, I kick my leg through, and we have this. Now notice my legs are locked the other way, and I have an inverted heel hook. Right. Sort of like a fifty-fifty guard heel hook. So those are different ways to get the heel hook. Right. Remember, any time you lock your legs, it’s going to be superior to just reaping them.