December 14, 2014
June 13, 2014
Train Hard. Train Smart.
April 9, 2014
So sit back and turn down the volume, turn up this leaked Pharoahe Monch and Black Thought collab (from Monch's forthcoming PTSD album) and learn to defend some leg locks tonight! Click here to listen.
January 23, 2014
Bas Rutten is unquestionably one of the most ferocious leg attack specialists ever to fight in MMA and thanks to Jiu Jitsu Style for finding this little gem... over an hour of heel hooks and leg locks from the maestro himself:
August 15, 2013
And listen to your coach when he says keep your damn hands up:
May 13, 2013
Daniel takes the student through a progressive learning model building upon the previous technique taught, and taking divergent side paths where appropriate to discuss certain strategies or variations for those of different body types / abilities. And that speaks to the experience of this young man in conveying information. Often times a teacher is guilty of seeing the world only through there own eyes, but an experienced coach will offer variations for those not flexible enough / not agile enough etc. Daniel also offers options depending on rule sets you are fighting in. For example heel hooks are game in NAGA events, but in IBJJF they are illegal across the board! Daniel offers different types of attacks from the same controls that are not interdependent on the rule sets.
Daniel also offers a "Leg Lock Drilling Guide" which gives the student a template to work on the setups (arguably the most important aspect of leg attacks)! All this for $7.95 a month is a steal in my opinion! Daniel is putting in tons of work and honestly the material is solid. He is real honest giving props to where he picked stuff up at which I find refreshing, and he teaches with a sense of humor which I always appreciate.
The clips he sent me to review all covered Tanquinho's insatiable appetite for heel hooks! Dann got the chance to do some training with the man himself and brought the techniques back to his students and subsequently that is part of the clips he shares on "Leg Lock Mastery." The camera and audio were great, with the cameraman floating and repositioning when needed. I am not sure if it is Dann's awesome editing, or his super conscientious students but never did anyone walk in between the camera and the teacher! This is rude enough live in class, but when someone is filming it is enough to make you want to go ape shit nuts on someone as inevitably they cut across when the teacher is showing the most important detail! Not here!
The only criticism I have, and mind you I have not seen the ENTIRE program, is that I would like to see Daniel incorporate more drills and coaching models into these instructionals. Great for students, but the next step in breaking down HOW to drill these techniques would be invaluable to coaches across the board. I think this platform is a great launching point and knowing Daniel he will take this constructive criticism and offer something next week! That is one of the things I like about Dann... he is constantly improving and bettering himself. Admirable in a teacher!
Daniel and I have spoken quite a bit about the importance of leg attacks and escapes from leg attacks. Too many BJJ schools ignore these aspects of grappling to their demise as they advance in rank and get exposed to leg attacks. If you need inspiration then look no further then World Champ Buchecha and his incessant leg attack mindset! Whether you are a seasoned veteran or brand new to the leg lock game I think Daniel has something to offer your game. With a nickname like "Micro" you have to believe you will be getting all those minute details!
Click here to be redirected to Dann's page and order up your program today!
Tape Early, Tap Often,
Reviewers caveat: I was payed by Dann to advertise for his program on my blog, but the review is solely independent of said promotion and as unbiased as humanly possible. Simple fact is if I don't like it, I will not accept money for it regardless!
April 18, 2013
Click here to read the entire article where Dan uses a nice instructional clip from Reilly Bodycomb, a Sambo leg lock expert, to illustrate the importance of controlling your opponents free leg. This is an often overlooked detail when learning leg attacks, yet it is arguably one of the most important.
Study this article and check out some of Dan's videos, and look for a review in the coming weeks of his Heel Hooks DVD!
April 15, 2013
So I thought this clip from Budo Jake and the crew at Budovideos with Yuri Simoes attacking from Spider Guard would be a perfect fit to start the week off.
For members of NWJJA Brian will be working Spider Guard this week during classes, so make sure to get on the mat and work your open guard game. Thanks to my bro Jeremy for finding this clip on Lapelchoke.com!
"If you don't have a solid open guard game, you are not doing jiu jitsu. Period." - Brian J. Johnson
And here is Cavaca doing what he is known to do best... Achilles lock:
Train Hard. Train Smart.
April 11, 2013
Also you will notice my friend Dan Faggella has a brand new DVD on Heel Hooks (which I will be reviewing soon). Be redirected to his site by clicking the Leg Locks banner on the top left hand side of my blog!
Here are some grappling goodies for a dreary Seattle morning:
December 16, 2012
September 6, 2012
May 22, 2012
As you can see the results of the poll were as follows:
"What leg attacks can you use in your academy?"
Straight Attacks Only
Everything But Heel Hooks
All Are Game
Coincidentally Coach Brian covered the straight ankle lock and uncommon entries into it all last week. On Tuesday night all in attendance were treated to a bit of fireside chat as Brian was feeling particularly good and wanted to share some history. I had heard Rigan Machado tell this story before but of course Brian remembers details much better and is a better story teller in general. But some of you hooks in guard players might find this interesting.
There was a period in Rigan Machado's life where he obsessively studied leg attacks, training with Sambo practitioners, Judoka, anyone and everyone that could teach him about leg attacks he trained with and soaked up the information. Subsequently he came back to the academy and shared with his four brothers Jean Jacques, Roger, Carlos, and John, as well as many of most famous practitioners of BJJ today!
As Rigan was opening up closed guards he was attacking rather then attempting to pass. His training partners were baffled by how quick the submissions came and how defenseless they felt, to the point no one wanted to open their guard when rolling with Rigan! So when sparring with Rolls Gracie (1951-1982), and Jean Jacques they started getting wise and when playing open guard they would tuck their feet into Rigan's thighs essentially playing a hooks guard. Slowly the game developed as Rolls noticed you could lay down with hooks in or you would get passed. Started sitting up.
This is exactly how Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, really all martial arts, evolve! We bring a new technique or even just a new perspective of an old technique. We try it in sparring. Our partners get savvy and offer various defenses, which in turn we start to develop counters too, etc. etc.
Regardless I thought this was rather interesting historically and technically. As a side note it should be mentioned that in 1993 (and I believe in 1994) both Rigan, John, and Jean Jacques won the Pan Am Sambo Championships! As a testament to the above story here is a clip of the Machado's competing at the Sambo championship. Check out Jean Jacques submission starting at 20 second mark:
April 19, 2009
So I have decided to have a focus for a bit on the blog.... all things leg attacks! I will offer reviews, ideas, and will even start it all off with a bang!! My teacher Tim Cartmell will be in town Saturday May 16th to offer a whole day of leg attacks and submissions! His leg attack game is very tight and he is excited to come in an offer a full day of lessons focusing on these specific attacks. Below is the flier for this event. Hope you can make it!
Train hard, train smart,
Three Harmonies Martial Arts Center
NW Jiu Jitsu Academy
Present a Grappling Intensive on:
Leg Attacks & Submissions
w/ Tim Cartmell
May 16th, 2009
*location and other information provided with registration*
Single Session: $65
Both Sessions: $95
For more information, or to register contact Jake Burroughs at: [email protected] / 206-941-3232
All stylists and ranks are welcome to join us for an intensive workshop on leg attacks and submissions. Leg locks are often overlooked and misunderstood by many martial artist’s who feel they are low percentage techniques, but if done properly leg attacks can catch your opponent off guard, and in a self defense situation can end an altercation decisively!
Leg attacks can be categorized into two different foci: Straight (linear) attacks, or Twisting (circular) attacks.
Sat. May 16th 12:30-3:30pm
Linear Attacks (Straight Ankle Locks / Knee Bars): Learn proper set ups, intricate details on securing the lock, how to protect yourself from getting tapped while attempting leg attacks, and how to finish the locks effortlessly.
Sat. May 16th 4:30-7:30pm
Circular Attacks (Toe Holds / Heel Hooks): Tim will guide the students through every detail and aspect of these devastating fight-enders! Positional dominance will be key throughout the weekend’s seminars, as will proper mechanics to ensure these techniques can be employed from various positions.
About the Instructor:
Tim Cartmell is Cleber Luciano’s first black belt in BJJ and the head instructor at his Orange County Shen Wu Academy of Mixed Martial Arts. A winner of the Copa 7x at both the brown and black belt level, Tim has used his expertise in leg locks to finish many of his opponents in both the Copa and the 05 Mundials where he took silver! Co-author of “Passing the Guard” Tim is one of the most sought after grappling coaches in the US. Visit www.shenwu.com for more info on Tim and his teachings.