|Heel Hook City!|
Initially I thought it simply was because I sucked at it so badly but I dug deeper and I think it's more than that. I think it has to do with me never understanding it properly nor having it explained to me. After all, everyone who starts BJJ from scratch will suck at it but thankfully not all quit. Somewhere along the line we formalise some theories, learn some basics and drill the technique, position or transition. We become "familiar" with the armbars, guard passes and rear naked chokes but leg attacks, not so much.
|Anatomy of the Knee|
Either way, I have never been taught entries, set-ups or transitions to leg locks so I've never really understood them nor considered them part of my game. Thankfully, some of our top players have so we've spent some good time working defence and prevention over the years but here's the deal: after spending just a few minutes yesterday on entries, I was...wait for it...hooked!
I have a system for learning which I jokingly call the Part Time Learning System (more about that in a future post) and when I applied it to leg lock entries they suddenly made perfect sense. Also, because your body's orientation is so different when attacking the lower body (as opposed to when setting up chokes and arm locks) it adds a whole new dimension to the attacking game from bottom.
What do you hate in BJJ / Submission Grappling? Have you spent some serious time thinking about why? The answers might surprise you.
PS. Roy Dean has really good products addressing lower body submissions (amongst others) and they are highly recommended.
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