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 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

Inside the University 1049 - Attacking the Arm with a Low Bent Elbow

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Now showing a more practical situation when your opponent is experienced in Jiu-Jitsu, Gustavo's opponent is keeping his elbow bent and tight on Gustavo's body. With his collar grip already in place, Gustavo throws his free arm over his opponent's arm as he spins to trap the armbar.

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

Inside the University 1048 - Threatening the Neck to Get the Armbar

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Showing a more advanced and practical setup for the armbar, Gustavo first makes a cross collar grip and threatens the choke by trying to reach across to make his other grip. His opponent naturally defends by blocking Gustavo's arm, giving Gustavo the perfect opportunity to now attack the outstretched arm.

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

Inside the University 1047 - Armbar Drill Alternating Sides

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Using the same concepts, Gustavo combines the armbar movements in a more fluid manner and shows a drill attacking the arms and switching sides every time. It is important that his head moves as he spins, and his body follows so that he ends up perpendicular to his opponent when finishing the armbar.

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

Inside the University 1046 - Exaggerating Hip Movement While Practicing the Armbar

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Gustavo covers a little more detail in the armbar steps, but really emphasizing the movement in your hips. Not only when swinging your hips in rotation, but really elevating off the mat to capture the arm. Also, it is very important to bite down with your leg over the head, and prevent your opponent from moving you in any direction.