Following a Failed Submission with A Successful One
This time, we cover how to get back to the 50/50 guard after giving up on a less-than-perfect kneebar. From that position (pictured below), you have access to a few other leglocks, including the achilles and the heel hook.
The trick with this transition is really to lock up a new leglock as fast as you can. Remember, you’re taking the initiative to get back to the 50/50, so you’ll probably have an extra split second to get your leglock before your opponent can get one of his own.
Video: Transition from a Kneebar to the 50/50 Guard
In the following video clip, Coach/Competitor Dan Faggella, chief leg-lock wizard at Black Diamond MMA, demonstrates the technique Nate Chubay, who also has valuable insights on the world of leglocks. Following the video, we’ll have the step-by-step breakdown on getting back to the 50/50 position.
BDMMA Technique Breakdown: Getting Back to the 50/50
In this scenario, you’ve attempted a kneebar and, for whatever reason, you can tell it won’t work out. Here’s how Coach Dan pulls off that transition back to the 50/50:
- Shift from one hip to the other.
- If, like Coach Dan, you’re on your left side, you’ll shift your weight abruptly so that your right hip is on the mat and you’re facing your opponent.
- Change the orientation of your knees.
- Your right knee, which was originally pointed down (relative to your opponent) will point up towards your opponent’s head.
- Your formerly-bottom (left) knee will lock over your right foot and point towards the ceiling.
- This is what Coach Dan calls “almost like the traditional inverted heel-hook position.”
- Reposition your legs
- Cut your left foot out between your opponent’s legs and down past your opponent’s left hip.
- Lock your left foot behind your right knee. This is to prevent your opponent from attempting his own leglock on you.
- Choose your leglock and go for the submission.
- Heel hook and Achilles recaps are below. Check the original tutorials for more detail.
The Heel Hook
- Trap your opponent’s toes in your left armpit. Do this as you’re transition to the 50/50 so that you’re that much closer to the sub.
- Hook your left forearm under his heel, so that your wrist is against the back of his ankle.
- With your right (top-side) hand, grab your left hand, making sure to keep your right elbow wound over the top of your opponent’s shin.
- Squeeze his heel to your chest and keep it locked there.
- Make sure to maintain a tight grip – knees pinched, tension wound into his ankle joint, and heel locked squarely against your chest.
- Twist at the waist towards your right elbow.
- Get the tap.
- Again, quickly trap your opponent’s toes in your left armpit.
- Make sure your knees are pointed the same way as your opponent’s.
- Hook your left arm under your opponent’s ankle, getting your bicep and forearm as snug to the ankle as you can.
- Brace your right hand on your left forearm and your left hand on your opponent’s trapped shin.
- Kicking off your opponent’s hip, extend backwards and get the tap.
Here’s how those two submissions look: