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How to Do a Heel Hook Leg Lock

Learn how to do a heel hook leg lock in this Howcast video about lower body submission techniques for jiu jitsu, judo, sambo, and mma.


Today, I'm going to show you how to do a heel hook. Now when we do the heel hook in a practice, I want you to be very careful, because there isn't necessarily a lot of pain with this move until the knee is torn. So we do what is called a catch and release. We catch the heel hook and you release it. You never crank it. If you hear "ah" from a heel hook, it's too late.

I'm starting on my opponents guard. Always, always, always before I go for any submission I'm softening him up and I am causing damage. I want to cause damage. Punching, if he holds or if he grabs my wrist, I throw elbows over the top, rocking back. He is going to open his guard and start to go to almost a fetal position.

I'm going to grab his leg as I have shown in previous videos here, windshield wiper. I can go to position one, so I can have control of the leg. From here, I am going to gable grip and I'm going to pull in against his Achilles. That causes discomfort. From here then I'm going to rotate and turn my body with this heel, that way to cause the ACL and LCL and all of those other ligaments to tear. That's how you do a heel hook position one.

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