Heel hooks, calf slicers, are all deemed dangerous submissions & prohibited from competition by the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (apart from the adult black belt level which now allows them), a non-profit that hosts some of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the world..
Usually, learning these dangerous moves are at the discretion of the BJJ instructor. Some students may never learn these submissions, but others begin to learn them from day one, especially if their academy is not focused on sports competition. Should academies teach these submissions at all? If BJJ practitioners want to be well rounded grapplers, then yes they should and they should also learn how to escape them.
In the video, BJJ black belt Bradley Hill shows his effective way of never getting leg locked again.
They divided this idea into two broad categories: a suitable defensive position and escape itself. Keep in mind that although positioning tips are helpful for any heel hook, the escape here is specifically for external heel hooks. In addition, these details do not apply to other forms of foot locks, such as toe and ankle locks, which allow you to tap faster.
Shut down leg locks and turn their attack into your counters and passes with the Ruotolo brothers’ guide to staying safe.
- Kade and Tye Ruotolo are twin brothers training at Atos and two of the highest-profile and most successful young grapplers in the world.
- Escape from dangerous no-gi positions like 50/50, outside ashi, cross ashi/honey hole, and more.
- Turn heel hook attempts into your own counters as the Ruotolo brothers show you how they navigate these tricky positions.