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Does Your Leg Lock Game Have All 6 Of These Techniques?

Does Your Leg Lock Game Have All 6 Of These Techniques?


6 recent developments in the leg entanglement game

Who is Lachlan Giles?  He is a Jiu Jitsu black belt under John Simon and arguable one of the top Australian grapplers of his generation.  Giles earned his distinguished reputation in prestigious tournaments such as IBJJF World No-Gi Championship, Pan Pacific Championship, Boa Super 8 and Eddie Bravo Invitational.

Giles hails from Melbourne, Australia. At a young age he was influenced by martial arts movies. He was introduced to Jiu Jitsu at the age of 15 when he saw Royce Gracie’s legendary performance at UFC 1. Lachlan began his training in Jiu Jitsu under Tyrone Crosse. It was under Tyrone’s tutelage that he progressed to purple belt. His club changed coaches and Lachlan progressed to black belt under John Simon. It is worth noting that Giles was also heavily influenced by Thiago Stefanutti.  Thiago also awarded Giles the first degree on his black belt.

Lachlan Giles is an ADCC Veteran, Pan Pacific Champion and coach to one of the fastest rising starts, Craig Jones!


Lachlan has many exceptional achievements as a grappler. He is the ADCC Asia & Oceania Trials Champion in 2015 and 2017. He is the IBJJF Pan Pacific Champion and Pan Pacific No-GI Champion in 2016 and 2017.  He won the UAEJJF Continental Pro Champion in 2018. Giles also took second place at the Boa Super 8 1st Edition and 2nd Edition in 2015. Lachlan took 3rd place at Eddie Bravo Invitational 5.  He claimed second place at the 2018 UAEJJF Grand Slam Abu Dhabi and 3rd place at the IBJJF World No-Gi Championship in 2017.


In this video Lachlan Giles explores six recent developments in the leg lock game. The first development that he explores is an entry from reverse De La Riva. He starts off in reverse De La Riva. This position is very similar to the traditional De La Riva except the inside leg forms the De La Riva hook. Next his hook catches his opponent’s far side leg and he spins. Notice how Lachlan is now able to either take a sweep or enter a leg entanglement. Giles names the second developed after the famed Miyao brothers. For this entanglement, Lachlan connects his hands under the crook of this opponent’s leg. Notice his foot placement. One leg is on his opponent’s hip and the other leg is on the outside. Given this placement his training partner is unable to come forward. He is able to continue the roll and enter into a leg entanglement. The third entry that Lachlan explores is a saddle entry from butterfly guard.  He states that this entry is used a lot by Craig Jones and the Danaher Death Squad.  If guys on that level are using this technique then it is definitely proven at the highest levels. The entry starts off as the traditional butterfly elevator sweep. Did you notice how Giles swims his bottom leg out of his opponent’s legs? Now he is able to triangle his legs for the inside saddle position. The fourth and fifth developments are knee bars from the 50/50 position. In the fourth development he starts off in the bottom of 50/50. He then extends his foot and falls to this his hips. Notice how he brings his legs high and then he retracts his hips for the knee bar.  The fifth develop begins from top side 50/50. Giles feigns a straight ankle lock and then posts his hand on the mat. Next he slides his hips through for the knee bar. The sixth and last development in leg entangled is finishing mechanics for a heel hook. The way heel hooks were traditionally taught was to place our opponent’s toes in our arm bit.  The danger with this placement is it allows a lot of space of escape. Instead Lachlan advocates for our opponent’s toes to be in the crook of our elbow. Our arm should be tight against our ribs.  This leaves far less space for an escape. Well done Lachlan, these developments are an excellent addition to any leg locker’s game.

This video is a wonderful example of Lachlan Giles’s ability to communicate technique to even novice grapplers.  Like all of Giles’ instructional videos, there is a lot of detail. I know that I often gain new insights every time I re-watch one of his videos. Certainly, they have a powerful impact on anyone who makes a careful study of them. Giles’ education, the success of his students and the popularity that he has achieved are testaments to his exceptional abilities as an instructor. Certainly the Jiu Jitsu community is lucky to have him.

Come and learn one of the world’s most important guards from one of the world’s best instructors, Lachlan Giles. The head coach of Australia’s Absolute MMA, is back to show one of his best positions, the offensive half guard. He explores the techniques that he uses to win tons of tournaments at the world black belt level. Get it now from BJJ Fanatics!





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