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How to Do an Ankle Lock MMA Submission

Learn how to do an ankle lock MMA submission from Team Radical MMA head coach Rene Dreifuss in this Howcast video.


All right guys, now we're going to talk about leg locks, and ankle locks in particular. There are a few variations of leg locks and it depends what sport you're doing them for. If you're doing for Anime [sp], you could do them a lot of different ways, and you do a thing we call reaping. If you're doing them for sport Jiu-Jitsu, reaping is illegal, so you have to tailor your leg lock accordingly. First, we'll do the BJJ Jiu-Jitsu legal leg lock, which is not as powerful as the reaping leg lock but they're illegal in Jiu-Jitsu. So if you're competing in Jitsu, you can't reap. Let's talk about issues here. I'm going to be here, I get and grip around his leg, step in, my foot comes here, go here, and I fall on my side. I want to scoot back as far as possible and have all my weight on his toenail, right there. And I don't want the foot to go back straight, I want it to curve, like that. I never want to go back straight (Chad, just push back).

See? Very strong. Look at this, if I turn his foot this way, that's it. Okay? So I'm here, I'm all the way back. (Chad, do resistive for awhile.) Now here, rotate back and turn his foot. Notice I'm not even gripping my hand. Watch this. Advance. Keep defense. Look. That same thing, turning. That's IBJJF, Jiu-Jitsu legal leg lock. But, there's a better way to do it. It's legal. I'm going to get my leg lock here, but instead of falling to that side, like I did here, I have to fall this side because I can't reap. I'm going to reap my leg over this way.

This is a little dangerous, though, that's why it's illegal. Be careful with your training partners. Don't kick down too hard in your J [sp]. But if it's an Anime fight you can kick as hard as you want. Guys, I'm going to do it on this side. Now I'm going to switch sides. Here, step in, try to pass, I get the foot, step in. I like to kick here, very deep, fall, and reap over and hide my feet in this grip. Holding the leg really tight, I clamp down and he taps. I can easily transition into the Field Hook, which I'll talk about later, or here, just basic leg lock, and he taps. If he doesn't tap here, I'm going to switch to this, and do this rear-naked choke with one-two right here. And again putting all the weight on his toe, and then turning this way. See, turning his foot, not straight back, turning his foot. And that's a leg lock, reaping and not.

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