Saturday, August 22, 2009

A sneak technique

For now, my favorite "sneak technique" is the eighth leg-lock: ashi kannuki. In a slightly inferior position, on the bottom of what the BJJ-ers call the half-guard, ashi kannuki allows you to quickly whack a painful leg-lock on your opponent by forming a figure-four using only your legs. It's sneaky because it occurs out of sight, a kind of attack from behind. If your opponent is unfamiliar with ashi kannuki, the chances of success are further increased: (s)he probably won't be able to make sense of what's going on back there -- until it's too late.

Comparing my own execution against the official description (online here, just scroll down the page) from "My Method of Judo", I prefer a variation with my legs reversed -- but it still works nicely.

After introducing this technique to my class last week, along with a couple of other of the safer leg-locks, it was gratifying to see credible attempts being made during the end-of-class randori.

Do you have a favorite "sneak technique"?


Patrick Parker said...

This is my tokuiwaza of leglocks. This one is (so I was told - I wasn't there) the reason that leglocks are not allowed in judo because it comes on so suddenly from seemingly nowhere when the entangled partner tries to roll off of the entangling partner.

I still teach this, but tell them to stop (submit) when they realize it is on. I also tell the people doing the entangling to abandon it if the entangled partner looks like they are about to do a roll.

Dan Prager said...

Hi Patrick

Thanks for the safety tip -- makes sense. I'll incorporate a similar warning into my teaching.

BTW: Say you're locking uke's right leg (as in the diagram), do you prefer to apply it as shown, with your legs flipped, or no preference?