Defending The Heel Hook – Hiding The Heel, Rolling & Framing

Craig Jones and Lachlan Giles of EBI fame take us through some great tips for defending the Heel Hook both on the inside and the outside. The Heel Hook has been incredibly devastating in the past few years in NoGI submission competitions but if you look at our Heel Hook statistics it clearly hasn’t penetrated into the highest levels of MMA to any level – yet… We believe this level of leg attack will still have its day in MMA and if that’s going to be the case then you’ll need to make sure your defences are sound before you get caught!

In this video Lachlan and Craig run through the core defensive tactics you’ll need if you get trapped into a Heel Hook position, including hiding the heel, framing out with the opposite leg and rolling the correct way so that you don’t end up in a worse position. Great advice for BJJ and MMA training.

Whether you’re into MMA or BJJ this defensive work is essential as leg submissions and Heel Hooks in particular are going to be more and more present in these sports.


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