BJJ Leg Locks and Inside Sankaku
Do you need to know Inside Sankaku to be good at jiu jitsu and leg locks?
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Leg Locks Entries Are Almost Infinite
One of the strongest points when it comes to inside sankaku are the endless amounts of entries. You can enter from butterfly guard, from butterfly half, x guard, imanari roll, etc. If there is a way to triangle your legs around your opponent’s legs on the inside, then that is a way into inside sankaku.
Eddie Cummings likes to enter into the entanglement from butterfly, as does Gordon. Garry likes to mix in take downs while transferring in. Because of ridiculous amounts of entries, you can always keep your opponent guessing.
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Inside Sankaku Leg Lock Position Is Hard to Defend
Another reason that this is one of the hottest positions, is because that it is extremely hard to defend. The position itself locks down the opponent’s hips. That completely shuts down the chance of your opponent from hitting any rolling escape. The best chance to escape is to hope that you’re sweaty enough to possibly slip out. Otherwise, it is a lose-lose situation. If you try to play within the entanglement, you are sure to be submitted.
The Deadliest BJJ Leg Lock, the Reverse Heel Hook
Going off of the last aspect, inside sankaku leads directly into a reverse heel hook. Because of the way your legs are triangled on the inside, it turns the opponent’s foot up and puts the toes in your armpit. The reverse heel hook is easily the most dangerous and painful submission in all of Jiu Jitsu. It is a submission that will tear every ligament from your ankle to your knee. Besides being dangerous, it also is hard to defend. Most black belts have a tough time defending the leg attack, let alone anyone else. If this all seems overwhelming to you, check out our article "Leg Locks Overview" for a good introduction to all things leg locks!
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