So What Makes This System So Effective?
John Danaher is like a mad scientist. He not only understands the technical aspects of what makes techniques function, he also understands the anatomy of the body and how certain aspects of the body can be manipulated. There is a saying in wrestling, "where the head goes, the body follows." This is very true and in the case of Danaher's front headlock system, it is all about control.
This system was developed by Danaher not only for grappling but for MMA as well. His student, George St. Pierre has use this system on several occasions in the UFC. The idea is to control the head and arm and use this position to exploit other opportunities.
All to often people associate head and arm control with submissions like the guillotine, the anaconda, the D'arce, and more. Although these can very easily be obtained once you have secured head and arm control, that is not the primary reason for obtaining head and arm control.
In Greco Roman Wrestling, head and arm control is utilized almost more than any position and there are no submissions in wrestling. Why? Because you can use this position to achieve several powerful pinning position, sweeps, takedowns, and it is a position where you can exert minimal strength and energy while maintaining complete control of your opponent.
This control point is very similar to the infamous seat belt grip from the back position. John Danaher always emphasizes control over your opponent, you must be able to dictate the movements, and that is precisely what his front head locks system is about: control. There are numerous submissions you will learn, but the most valuable part of this series is that you will be able to control even the most athletic and spazzy opponent with ease.