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Improve Your Heel Hook In 3 Minutes!

Improve Your Heel Hook In 3 Minutes!


Definitely NOT Clickbait!

There is a finite amount of people who could update your Jiu-Jitsu in 3 minutes. One of those people is Lachlan Giles. Giles has one of the best YouTube channels in the game, and has thankfully released multiple instructionals from BJJ Fanatics. So what can you learn in that time? 

Giles is here sharing some KEY details for how to properly grip the heel hook. If you are new to Jiu-Jitsu this probably not the first thing you should learn. However, if you have had your eyes on the competition scene in the last 5 years you will undoubtedly see the impact of leg locks on Jiu-Jitsu. The heel hook, regardless of variation, is one of the most effective submissions in Jiu-Jitsu. 

Anytime something comes along that makes waves in Jiu-Jitsu it becomes heavily studied and analyzed. With this continual evolution, not only do offensive strategies become more effective so do defensive strategies. Having a proper grip with the heel hook is a good place to start win the offensive battle. Let’s check out what Lachlan has for us!


The first mistake Giles points out that he doesn’t stash the foot into his armpit. Jiu-Jitsu people have a habit of trying to eliminate space, which in most cases is the right idea. However with the heel hook placement is everything. Instead the 2019 ADCC Standout opts to pin their foot to his side which allows a better bite on the heel with his forearm. 

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Hunting for the heel hook at the wrong time can lead to your opponent escaping more efficiently. If you do not control the knee line it is ill advised to try and get heel exposure. This will only assist in your opponent being able to turn away as they slip their foot out. Instead Lachlan focuses his attention on their foot and wedges it between his chest and hip as you can see at the 1:59 mark. 

If you want to truly make leg locks a part of your arsenal, training them safely and efficiently is a must. Have you ever watched a fancy technique pulled off in competition and feel the urge to suddenly attempt said technique mid-roll? Don’t do that with heel hooks! Spending time with the technique just how Lachlan shows in demonstration is probably a perfect way to start the hobby of heel hooks instead of putting your partner on crutches for a while!

Leg Lock Anthology: 50/50 by Lachlan Giles
Lachlan makes note of the difference in grip configuration at the end of the video. Each variation has their own place and role in securing the heel hook. If you want to keep honing your heel hooks, and leg locks Lachlan’s Leg Lock Anthology is a MUST!



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