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This article was contributed to this blog by Dan Faggella. Dan studied skill
development at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to win the No Gi Pan Ams.
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If you’ve read my work, then by now there are a few things you probably have
picked up on about my writing: I LOVE leg locks of any kind, and I love to talk
about sneaky transitions that take your opponent by surprise.

In the past I’ve broken down some tricky setups from the likes of Eddie Bravo
and even touched upon some heel hook from bottom mount stuf that I’ve
discussed with my students. Today, we’ll stay in the same lane and discuss a
leg lock setup when we find our self stuck in our opponents closed guard.

Be Quick & Effective

In this breakdown, before we get into it, keep in mind the above title of being
quick and effective. There are certain setups that, even when cloaked in
secrecy, have a certain tell about them that give your opponent a hint at what
you are planning to throw at them. Just keep that in mind.

• We’re stuck in our opponents closed guard and just can’t break free. We
have our eye on the leg lock, but we have to break the guard first.

• They will likely break our posture. What we want to do is create space by
pushing of of their armpits and driving our legs backwards, almost as if
we are standing up.
• Realigning our leg, we now sit backwards which allows our knee to slide
through and break the guard.

• Standing up again, we want to fall back this time looking for the leg lock.
This gets tricky because as we fall, we want to make sure our submission
side leg passed over the top of the leg we are isolating, and firmly plants
• We should now be of on our hip. Being to press his knee into your
bottom knee, and while doing so, lace your arm underneath the leg and
apply your grips.

• The hold should be deep on their ankle and not near their calf. This will
make for a much tighter hold.

• Squeeze your legs, rotate towards the mat and get the finish.

Foot Placement

A key aspect to this move is our feet at various points. When we look to break
his guard, our feet come into play because as we stand up, if we aren’t careful
then they can easily reach up and snag us in a leg lock and that just isn’t a fun

Another vital foot placement moment is when we fall back to isolate the leg.
Passing our foot over their leg onto the hip, and our other sneaks under their
buttocks, we can now use their hips and torso as something to post of of to
help add extra torque to the hold. Baseball players use the ground to add force
to their swing, basketball players use the court for their initial force, BJJ players
use the other human.

I’ll toss the video down below for you to check out and go over. Enjoy it!

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ADCC Superfights (non- tournament bouts):
Eddie Bravo vs Royler Gracie* (Unconfirmed)
Mario Sperry vs Renzo Gracie (UFC, PRIDE, RINGS veteran)
Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (current Strikeforce World Middleweight Champion) vs Braulio Estima

Tournament competitors by division:
Rafael Mendes
Greger Forsel
Marko Ramos
David Marinakis
Tetsu Hadairo
Jeff Glover
Bruno Frazzato
Timo-juhani Hirvikangas
Ryan Hall
Rubens “Cobrinha” Charles
Rani Yahya (WEC, UFC veteran)
Baret Yoshida
Robson Moura
Denny Prokopos
Tom Barlow

Jorge Britto
Vagner Rocha (UFC, Strikeforce, Bellator veteran)
Davis Hart
Takanori Gomi (former PRIDE World Lightweight Champion)
Enricco Coco
Murilo Santana
Daniel Strauss (not to be mistaken with Strauss of Bellator)
Marcelo Garcia
Gunnar Nelson
Leo Vieira
JT Torres
Kron Gracie
Gregor Gracie
Augusto Mendes “Tanquinho”

André Galvão (Strikeforce veteran)
Marko Helen
Rustam Chsiev
Cameron Rowe
Jeon Doo Kwang
JJ Holmes
Claudio Calasans
Zbigniew Tyszka
Pablo Popovitch
Rafael Lovato jr
Romulo barral
Rousimar Palhares (UFC veteran)
Sergio Moraes
Paulo Filho (former WEC World Middleweight Champion)
Dan Schon

Xande Ribeiro
Kari Peltola
Joseph Lee Baize
Igor Praporshchikov
Animal Anzai
James Poupolo
Augusto Ferrari
Kamil Uminski
Roger Gracie (Strikeforce veteran)
Rodolfo Viera
Joao Assis
Dean Lister (UFC, PRIDE veteran)
Alexander Trans
Robert Drysdale

Fabricio Werdum (UFC, PRIDE, Strikeforce veteran)
Janne-Pekka Pietiläinen
Mario Rinaldi
Mick Wilson
Sekine Hideki
Jared Rosholt
Gabriel Vella
Mateusz Juskowiak
Jeff Monson (UFC, Strikeforce, PRIDE veteran)
Bruno Bastos
Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu
Antonio ”Bigfoot” Silva (former EliteXC World Heavyweight Champion)
Vinny Magalhaes (reigning M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion)
Geraldi Rinaldi
Fereira Jose Junior

-60kg Women
Luanna Alzuguir
Lara Jayne Ng
Hashi Takayo
Cathilee Albert
Michelle Nicolini
Sara Svensson
Krya Gracie

+60kg Women
Hannette Staack
Fiona Muxlow
Penny Thomas
Talita Nogueira
Devi Ahuja
Gabi Garcia
Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (reigning Strikeforce Women’s World Middleweight Champion)

*Competitor list subject to change.

Some competitors, such as Takanori Gomi, may not end up participating due to upcoming mixed martial arts bouts.

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