Grappling Dummy Leg Lock Submission Drills

If there is one thing in life that is certain; it’s that I LOVE me some leg locks!  Ever since I began grappling, I had a soft spot for the art of leg locks and the ability they have to finish a match in the blink of an eye.

Leg locks, unlike most submission holds, are vast and offer plenty of options.  If you want to become skilled at the art of the leg lock, it will take some time, dedication and hard work to master the various holds that come with it.

Heel hooks, toe holds, kneebars; the list goes on with what type of moves can be done.  Admittedly, they are hard to hit in live situations, especially for the greener grapplers out there, but there is a way you can train these moves and become better at them with time.

Arguably, I’d spent too much time on watching Caio Terra, Davi Ramos, and other BJJ leg lockers, but for better or for worse, I knew leg locks would be a serious focus are in my game.

Two words: Grappling dummy.  The beauty of these is that they allow you to train on your own time, and you can get a feel for the holds.

Learning The Leg Locks At Your Own Rate

When discussing leg locks, it’s important that you understand the effectiveness of these holds.  There are certain moves you can do at a live rate that won’t do much damage.  These are fine, especially when working with more aggressive grapplers.

However, with the leg locks, that isn’t the case.  One wrong move or too much pressure can spell trouble when practicing leg locks.  When you use a

Grappling dummies is the best tool to use when solo drilling leg lock setups and sweeps

Grappling dummies is the best tool to use when solo drilling leg lock setups and sweeps

dummy, you can apply these holds to the dummy without worrying about repercussion.

The last thing you want to do is develop the reputation as the “guy who hurts his training partners,” and leg locks are the fast track to that name.

Yet, the dummy will allow you to find your comfort zone and apply the proper pressure at an effective rate.  Once you get a feel for what each hold does and how it works, then you can start to rev up the force, and become a lethal leg lock grappler. This article by gives you different chains and workouts that you can do with your dummy to maximize your mat time.

Understanding The Leg Lock Positioning

Unlike your traditional holds, leg locks will place you in difficult spots.  When you drop back to attmpet a hold, you might feel exposed at first, which in times, you are.  Attacking the feet of your opponents will leave you open for a leg lock, but if you are quick enough, this shouldn’t be a problem.

In order to develop the speed and transitional abilities needed to utilize these holds, the dummy is what you should look too.  If you ever wondered how certain transitions work, this is the time to slow it down and analyze your movements. Grappling dummies not only help you hone in on your BJJ skills but there are also other ways that you can maximize your mat time. In this article on the Science of Skill titled “Submission Master Grappling Dummy,” I use a few sample drills of my own that you guys might find useful.

Once you see the deeper science that goes into the locks, then you can exploit them to become even more dangerous.  This is something the dummy does perfectly, as it allows you to be your own teacher, while being a student.

So there you have it, now that you know how to approach learning leg locks, why not go give it a shot!

Dan Faggella