Have You Seen These Crafty Heel Hook Setups By Craig Jones?
Standing Heel Hook Setups By Craig Jones
Who is Craig Jones? Craig was born on July 17, 1991 in Adelaide, South Australia. He began training in his cousin, Matt Jones’, BJJ academy named ISOHEALTH at the age of 15 in 2006. At one point, Craig sold his car and dropped out of school to facilitate his grappling dream. As a purple belt, he joined the Maromba Academy in Melbourne (later named Absolute MMA. Jones earned his Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Lachlan Giles. Craig still fights out of Australia with Absolute MMA yet also trains quite frequently with the Danaher Death Squad in NYC.
Craig is best known for his savage leg attacks. However, he is well versed in a variety of submissions. He submitted Leandro Lo from the back and Murilo Santana with a triangle. He came very close to finishing the great Gordon Ryan with an arm bar at EBI 14. Additionally, Craig holds victories over Nathan Orchard, Darrah Oconaill, and Chael Sonnen, Keenan Cornelius, Kit Dale, Marcel Goncalves, Jake Shields, Rousimar Palhares and Matheus Dini. In addition to these impressive victories, Craig’s resume has the following accomplishments: Polaris 185 lbs. Champion, Polaris 205 lbs. Champion, AFBJJ Pan-Pacific Champion weight and Absolute Purple Belt 2014, EBI Absolute finalist, UAEJJF Abu Dhabi Pro Bronze Medalist Brown Belt, multiple time EBI veteran, ADCC veteran and 3x ADCC Trials winner, SUG 5 Super Fight Winner and Kasai 2 185lbs 3rd Place. Jones is still growing as a grappler and it is exciting to watch his evolution. Craig’s rapid rise to fame has garnered him comparisons to the great Eddie Bravo.
Besides his impressive Jiu Jitsu accomplishments, Craig holds a degree in Behavioral Science. His education and grappling accomplishments makes him well suited to teach. He is able to present information in a clear manner. He spends a great deal of time articulating the details necessary to make a technique successful. It is these attributes that make him one of BJJ Fanatics bestselling instructors.
Learn the secrets of the leg lock game from the legendary Craig Jones!
In this video Craig starts off in Reverse Del Riva. He has one leg starting on the front bottom of his opponent’s leg. It curls up to the top back side of his opponent’s leg. Craig spends a considerable amount of time discussing grip. There are several grips options for the Reverse De La Riva. He prefers a grip where the back of his hand is on his opponent’s angle instead of a scoop grip. In this sequence Craig assumes that the inversion fails and explores 2 possible counters depending on why the movement failed. In the first scenario, his opponent back steps as a counter to Craig’s inversion. It is an important detail that Craig changes his grip to a scoop grip. His reaping leg hooks on his opponent’s leg allowing him to have a high bite on his opponent’s leg for a single leg x. His leg is against his opponent’s knee for the takedown in the same fashion as a scissors take down. The second possible option is for his opponent to step all the way around him. From this scenario Craig is able to shoot both legs to the inside for a strong heel hook finish. An opponent countering our movement is inevitable in Jiu Jitsu, yet this sequence provided by Craig gives us many beautiful options for securing a finish. Well done Craig.
This video is a fine example of Craig’s ability to explain a move in a clear and easy to understand fashion. His educational background, clear yet detailed communication and expert knowledge of grappling with a focus triangles, z guard, back attacks and leg locks make him an exceptional teacher. Like Eddie Bravo, Craig Jones became a household name in grappling almost overnight. Craig is just getting started. The future is certainly bright for this young grappler. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to learn from the talent that is taking the grappling world by storm.
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