Fine Tune Your Angle Lock With These Details From The Crafty Lachlan Giles
Straight ankle locks (Lachlan Giles)
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.
Tighten up your game with the great Lachlan Giles!
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 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 the straight ankle lock. To enter into the straight ankle position he starts off with his shin on his training partner’s shin and rolls into single leg x. Notice he also has a grip on his opponent’s far side leg. With this structure he is able to sweep his training partner to the mat. The foot he is attacking is between his body and the mat. He maintains his grip on his opponent’s other foot. Lachlan states that there are a couple common escapes to this submission. The first is turning into your opponent and then posting your foot on the mat. A second escape is grabbing your opponent’s lapel then booting your foot so your opponent losses contact with your Achilles. The third escape is to remove the far side foot that is posting on your hips and then hop over. Giles spends some time detailing the counters to these defenses. To prevent you opponent turning away and then posting foot on the mat Lachlan maintains control of his opponent’s secondary foot. His opponent’s legs are essentially shackled together with this grip rendering this escape ineffectual. To prevent his opponent’s lapel grab and boot, Giles advocates using the inside foot to maintain distance. Did you notice how Lachlan walks his grip backward to counter the boot? To counter the third defense Giles posts his inside leg on his opponent’s hips. He then goes belly down and with his hips high in the air bridges for a quick tap.
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.