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This 1 Inescapable Submission Works Against Everyone

This 1 Inescapable Submission Works Against Everyone


The Inescapable Toe Hold From De La Riva by Dean Lister

When it comes to modern Brazilain Jiu Jitsu, foot locks are all the craze. High level competitors like Garry Tonon, Eddie Cummings, John Danaher, Gordon Ryan, and of course, Dean Lister are all known for their foot lock dominant style of submission grappling. A toe hold is a type of foot lock submission in which the attacker is holding the ankle of an opponent using a kimura grip to control the end of the foot, specifically at the toes. This grip causes intense strain to the joints, and is a very effective way to submit an opponent.

Dean Lister is obviously the master of the foot lock and toe hold. He hits them from everywhere. One of his favorite sayings is "why would you ignore 50% of the body?"


When it comes to foot locks, and toe holds in particular, Dean Lister is a master. He has been able to build on and achieve a high degree of success with his leg lock game throughout his career. Let’s explore Dean Lister’s inescapable toe hold from De La Riva. Watch the video below and then we will break down Lister’s technique. Check it out now!

Even if you do not use leg locks, you shoulder understand their concepts so that you do not get caught in one. The toe hold is one of the 5 main leg submissions. Lister states that over half of his submissions are leg attacks, which are especially useful against high level guard players. The technique is simple: make sure you are grabbing the foot in a pinky finger to pinky toe manner. This is the best grip because it is the most secure. If you grip too low on the foot it will be prone to slipping out of your hand. Also worthy of note: Lister uses a kimura grip when he goes for the submission.

It is very important to remember to control the leg you are not attacking when going for a toe hold. Doing so will prevent your training partner from being able to turn, which will prevent you from getting a successful submission. For a toe hold you need to have both legs and both hips controlled, it is the same principal as controlling the shoulders when going for an arm lock.

This is a great submission that anyone can use, no matter what your level of experience is. Leg locks are some of the slickest submissions in modern Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition. If you want to improve your game then this toe hold submission is definitely one you will want to have in your arsenal.


Dean Lister Teaches Your How To Surprise and Submit Your Opponents On the Mat. Even Younger, Stronger, Faster & Higher Ranked Belts - With The Most Lethal & Least Understood Attack In Grappling: The Leglock. We all know now that Leglocks Are The Great Equalizer. Dean Lister’s System Is Almost Like Cheating Because Your Opponents on the mats on in competition won't know what hit them. This is the original - OLD SCHOOL guides to leg locks



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