The Toe Hold is one of those submissions that you either love or hate. And the chances are that, no matter how many times you were submitted by it… That you’d love to learn how to apply it more often. With more efficiency.
Well, you’re in for a surprise! Garry Tonon – one of the best Jiu-Jitsu athletes in the world – has prepared a demonstration on how to do exactly that. After watching it, you’ll know much more on what makes the perfect Toe Hold.
KEY TOE HOLD DETAILS TO REMEMBER
Before you watch Garry’s video, try to remember the following (crucial) details that he elaborates on. First of all, when in the Ashi Garami position, you’re supposed to drive your hips into the opponent’s leg, while exerting Toe Hold pressure into the opposite direction. Also, make sure that your knees are above their knee line (so as to prevent them from escaping).
Also, when you grab the opponent’s foot, grab it so that your middle finger crosses over their pinky toe. This is an ideal position, says Garry, and you shouldn’t go lower than it (for the fear of the foot slipping out).
When you’re going for the finish, don’t just push their toes/foot down. This won’t be enough for the submission; you also have to use the other hand (which makes the Kimura Grip) to pull their foot simultaneously. And yes: that second hand should go directly underneath the opponent’s Achilles Tendon. This way, you’ll gain maximum breaking power.
Watch Garry explain and demonstrate these, as well as many other details on the video below: