Have You Seen This Sneaky Single Leg X Entry From Lachlan Giles?
Single Leg X (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.
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.
Tighten up your game with the great Lachlan Giles!
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 some key details of single leg x. He starts the video in butterfly guard with his opponent standing in front of him. Lachlan states that often times it is necessary to attack on the upper body in order to gain access to the legs. To do this he grabs a grip on his opponent’s collar and starts a drag. Giles notes that it is important not to be too deep on their collar with your grip. This grip has the added value of stopping any guard passes. To execute the drag Lachlan pulls on the collar while scooting out. Did you notice that he also has a hand posted on the mat? If our training partner defends the drag by adjusting their posture it is a great time to enter single leg x. Giles begins this entry by first catching his opponent with his shoe laces then closing the distance and connecting his shin to his opponent’s shin. Lachlan also has a deep grip around his opponent’s leg with his arm. It is an important detail that there should be no space between our arm and training partner’s leg. Space can give an opening for our training partner to get an under hook. Next Lachlan blocks the far leg while falling to his side. He spends some time explaining what to do with his leg. His leg should lift his opponent’s foot and not pull out. Giles notes that often time people pull the leg through when first learning the move and end up in half guard. From here Lachlan locks in the single leg x. It is important to clamp higher on the hips and have a tight bite for the single leg x. With a grip on the second leg Giles pushes straight back and takes the sweep.
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.