Monday, August 01, 2005

BJJ Move #43: Toehold

This move attacks the same joint as the Achilles anklelock, but uses both your hands instead of your armpit. It has less leverage, but it is simple and can be very quick and surprising.
This move can also be used from a variety of positions, but it's easiest when you're in someone's guard and have broken the legs apart.

Be careful when applying leg submissions-- the hyperextension happens suddenly and can really hurt someone's joints badly. Tap early, submit slowly.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.


You are in your opponent’s guard.
Your opponent’s feet are unlocked. OR:
He has his right leg hooked over your left leg, and his left leg with the hook in your right thigh.
Slide your right leg back to open up opponent's hook and create space.
Slide back quickly with your right hand to grab his left foot on top near his “pinkie” toe.
Turn slightly to the right and somersault over his left leg, coming up on top with him turned onto his belly and sitting on his right leg.
When you roll over, reach your left hand around the outside of his left shin and back underneath, clasping the top of your own right wrist (a “t-stack”).
Now turn your arms clockwise like you’re turning a steering wheel, bending his foot downwards and inwards while pressing his whole foot towards his butt for a lock on his ankle.

Toehold from North & South:
You have the north & south position and your opponent drives his arms straight into your hips and puts his knees under your chest in an attempt to escape.
Bring your knees up close to his head and grab the outside of his right foot with your left hand, “claw grip” (thumb on same side as other fingers).
T-stack your right hand onto your left wrist.
Lever his foot forward (toes toward his butt) and counterclockwise (like you’re turning a steering wheel to the left) to hyperextend his ankle joint.

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