Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 10 - Heel Hook from Butterfly Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 10 - Heel Hook from Butterfly Guard

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From the butterfly guard, Masakazu sits up with his hands in his opponent's armpits, and pulls himself underneath while lifting him up with his hooks. He stretches his left leg straight up and wraps it over his opponent's leg. His right leg pushes the other leg away and he hooks the foot he's attacking with his arm to finish the heel hook.


Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 9 - Foot Lock Escape to Armbar

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 9 - Foot Lock Escape to Armbar

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Masakazu's opponent is attacking a foot lock, so his first line of action is to push down his opponent's outside leg and scoot over it. Now he throws his free leg over his opponent, placing his shin behind the head. From here he can grab the arm and roll into an armbar to finish his opponent.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 8 - Twisting Ankle Lock from 50/50 Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 8 - Twisting Ankle Lock from 50/50 Guard

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From the 50/50 guard, Masakazu sits up and bends his opponent's knee to trap his foot, with the outside of the foot against his ribs. He holds the leg at the Achilles tendon like a guillotine, and uses his legs to squeeze the leg he's attacking tight. He twists his body to finish the ankle lock, which torques the joint the same way a toe hold does.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 7 - Takedown to Heel Hook

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From behind, Masakazu wraps his arms around the waist, and steps his leg between his opponent's legs. He falls to the mat and turns, using his leg to sweep his opponent back in the 50/50 guard, as he slides his arm down the leg and traps the foot. Using his arm, he torques the heel to finish the submission.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 6 - Takedown to Kneebar

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 6 - Takedown to Kneebar

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From standing, Masakazu shoots on his opponent and takes him with one arm pushing at his stomach and the other pushing the back of the knee. He lands in side control and immediately scoots his hips up under his opponent's armpit. He slides his shin to his opponent's hip, and pinches the leg between his own leg. He controls the foot and turns away to finish the kneebar.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 5 - Foot Lock while Passing the Guard

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Now Masakazu is passing the guard toreando style, and his opponent reacts by bringing his foot up to Masakazu's hip. He grabs the foot as he would a guillotine, with his forearm under the achilles tendon, and his hand on his own stomach. He turns outside to face the leg he's attacking, and his far knee puts pressure on the thigh while finishes. He can finish standing up, or he can sit down with his hips tight against the thigh. He can also turn to the outside to help finish faster.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 4 - Foot Lock Defense by Countering with Heel Hook

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 4 - Foot Lock Defense by Countering with Heel Hook

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Masakazu now shows how he likes to defend a foot lock. His first point of focus is to relax his foot, and not focus on the pain. Rather than trying to escape the foot lock, he counters with an attack of his own. He simply grabs his opponent's foot, which is hooked under his leg, and torques it at the heel, forcing him to tap from the heel hook.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 3 - Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 3 - Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

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From the 50/50 guard, Imanari does the same set up as the last position to get the kneebar. But now, for whatever reason, he can't finish the kneebar, he slides himself to his back, moving his opponent's leg back to the other side of his body. Now he can easily trap the foot and finish a heel hook. He also shows how to continue the movement over and over as a drill.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 2 - Kneebar from 50/50 Guard

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 2 - Kneebar from 50/50 Guard

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From the 50/50 guard, Imanari first pulls his opponent's leg across his body to the outside, and pinches it against his side. He plants his outside foot to escape his hips, and brings the foot underneath his opponent's leg, hooking the hamstring. Now he plants his head on the mat and rolls to the outside, straightening the leg as he rolls. He hugs the leg in his armpit and stretches to finish the kneebar.

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

Masakazu Imanari Leg Locks 1 - Imanari Roll

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In this series, Masakazu Imanari shows his famous Imanari Roll, and many other leg locks he uses in grappling and MMA. He starts off with a drill to practice the Imanari Roll. From a seated guard, with one leg between his legs, he reaches to the far leg, inverts and spins to the other leg, much like the kiss of the dragon. As he spins, his active leg wraps around his opponent's leg and his foot hooks behind the butt. Pinching the leg with both his legs, Imanari sweeps his opponent backward, landing with the foot in his side, ready to be finished with a heel hook.

Inside the University 342 - Hell Choke from Turtle

Inside the University 342 - Hell Choke from Turtle

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Xande breaks down the choke he used in the Grand Slam finals, starting from turtle position on top. Xande makes the clock choke grips, but for whatever reason, he feels he won't be able to finish the clock choke. Instead, he throws his leg over to the far side, and rolls all the way through. The leg he throws ends up with the knee in his opponent's ribs, and his other leg ends up over the shoulder. Here he is in perfect position to finish the choke.

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

Inside the University 341 - Butterfly Guard Pass

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Now breaking down his final, Xande's opponent has the butterfly guard with an overhook and sleeve grip. Xande keeps his elbow close to the hip, and breaks his hips to kill the bottom leg. His opponent frames and replaces the knee shield, meanwhile, Xande makes a grip on the sleeve and weaves his arm through the legs. Now he raises his hips high and knee cuts to side control.