The footage in this article was graciously donated by Dean Lister and the producers of his “K.A.T.C.H. Leg Lock System”, check out the full DVD set here and thanks to Dean for the sample! MicroBJJ.com/Lister
Dean Lister is a second degree black belt in BJJ with tons of Sambo and wrestling experience and is nothing short of a monster. He also has a wealth of MMA experience along with being an ADCC champion. If there’s one thing Dean is famous for it’s his slick leg locks. Dean has hit hundreds of leg locks throughout his career in martial arts and he brings a new twist on his set ups.
Dean introduces these set ups in his DVD series “K.A.T.C.H Leg Lock System”. This system shows some of Dean’s top leg lock set ups, details on the attacks, chaining submissions, leg lock philosophy, and countering our opponent’s reactions. Coming from someone as experienced as Dean this series will revolutionize your game even if you are very familiar with leg locks due to some of the unorthodox techniques. What I also really enjoy about the setups is how they work well for both BJJ and MMA. Let’s take a look at one of the techniques shown in the series
The technique here was permission-granted by Dean Lister and the folks who produced his new Leg Lock DVD set, to learn more about his leg locks, click here: MicroBJJ.com/Lister. It can be seen in the video below.
To start the technique we need to first break the guard and get our knee up. Next we capture the leg near the ankle by placing it deep into our forearm. To solidify the hold we get a guillotine grip and pinch in with our elbows.
We then drop back with our knee up in the center with the foot controlling the far hip and our other leg draped around with the foot on the hip. We put the inside foot underneath the far hip to prevent our opponent from rolling out, standing up, and kicking us. It is extremely important their knee is in line with ours and that we are pinching
tight with our legs and knee.
The motion to finish is very powerful. We raise our hands up to our chest using our lats, pecs, and traps. We also pinch our elbows in and push our chest out. If we drop back and our hands fall to our stomach or hips we lost the submission. We need to keep our hands up by our chest.
Dean improves the traditional Achilles with hand placement, how to look the grips, leg placement, and how to crank on the sub. The transition to learning this technique as compared to the traditional is almost effortless and your rate of submission finishes from the Achilles will go through the roof. It is interesting to note the heel hook counter he showed in the video if our opponent is trying to submit us with the traditional foot and leg placement. I personally have been using that set up to counter the Achilles and it has been working without any hiccups.
If you are trying to be a serious Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor or if you are truly trying to improve your game, you need to be well rounded in leg locks. They are often neglected because they can be dangerous if applied wrong and not many instructors have a vast knowledge on them. Luckily if you are at an academy where an emphasis on leg locks is not placed you can learn some slick set ups with Dean’s course.
Leg locks are becoming more and more common in all levels of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu due to the rising popularity of advanced techniques such as the 50/50 guard, inverted guards, De La Riva guard, etc. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a constant evolving game and if you are not keeping up with the new trends we see at the highest levels, your game will get stale and you will get smashed by those proficient in the newer more effective techniques.
Leg locks are also HUGE in the David vs Goliath game. In order for a small guy to beat a bigger and stronger opponent they need to find places where size is irrelevant and they are using their whole body against a weak part of their opponent’s. This is why leg locks are so effective for us little guys because I can use my entire body against something as small and week as the ankle.
So go ahead and pick up a copy of Dean’s course and learn from the best so your game doesn’t get stale.
Johnny “Red” Dubois
Micro BJJ Competitor and Science of Skill Writer
Coach Daniel is the founder and head publisher at Science of Skill, LLC. A martial arts black belt and self defense instructor, Dan has spent years training with and interviewing some of the world's best self protection experts. His passion lies in encouraging others to train smart and to improve the skills that make them safer and stronger.
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