Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 8 - Leg Locks from the Saddle Position

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 8 - Leg Locks from the Saddle Position

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This time when Tex goes to single leg X guard, his opponent leans to avoid being knocked down, so Tex places his outside leg underneath his opponent to make an inverted X guard. Next he kicks to lift the far leg up and slides it down between his legs into a saddle position. From here he shows a couple variations to finish either a heel hook or a calf crusher submission.


Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 7 - Heel Hook from Single Leg X Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 7 - Heel Hook from Single Leg X Guard

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Starting from a sitting shin on shin guard, Tex lifts his opponent's leg and spins underneath to set up the single leg X guard. He uses his hips knock his opponent down, and rotates in, immediately looking to attack the foot. Using a rear naked choke like grip, he applies pressure and torque on the heel to force the submission.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 6 - Crab Ride to Back Control from Calf Slicer

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In this technique, Tex has gotten to the calf slicer, but for whatever reason he is unable to finish it, so he decides to go for the back. First he rolls his opponent to the side and releases his calf slicer lock. He gets into a crab ride position, then places his twister hook to kick the hips down and get a solid back control.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 5 - Calf Slicer Set Up from 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 5 - Calf Slicer Set Up from 50/50 Guard

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Now from 50/50 guard, when Tex goes for the heel hook, his opponent turns out to escape. As he turns, Tex traps the leg between his calf and hamstring, and while behind his opponent, he reaches around the waist to pull himself tight, forcing the tap. He also shows a variation where he can flatten his opponent and get on top to finish the submission.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 4 - Heel Hook on Far Leg when Opponent Turns Out of 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 4 - Heel Hook on Far Leg when Opponent Turns Out of 50/50 Guard

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Now from the 50/50 guard, Tex's opponent knows what is coming so he pushes the leg and turns away to get out of 50/50. Tex catches the far leg, inverts to the inside and traps the leg. He makes sure to control the toes and then places the foot in his armpit, where he can trap it with his arm and crank the heel hook.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 3 - Heel Hook from Closed Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 3 - Heel Hook from Closed Guard

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Using the same inverting spin from the closed guard, Tex grabs the foot and locks down his heel hook control with his arm. His outside leg goes across and he steps his feet on the far leg to prevent his opponent from turning to escape. Again, it's key that he pinches his legs together as he cranks the heel to finish the submission.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 2 - Inside Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 2 - Inside Heel Hook from 50/50 Guard

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Starting from closed guard, Tex inverts the same as before to go for the kneebar, but his opponent turns into him and they end up in the 50/50 guard. If his opponent is hiding his foot by locking a triangle, Tex lifts the top leg up and places it on his shoulder, giving him access to the foot he wants to attack. Now he isolates the heel with his arm, and pinches both legs together while his feet are on the hip. Once he cranks the heel from here, his opponent submits immediately.

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 1 - Kneebar from Closed Guard

Aaron 'Tex' Johnson Leg Locks 1 - Kneebar from Closed Guard

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In this series, Aaron 'Tex' Johnson, 3X No Gi Pan Champion who has recent victories over Jackson Souza and Felipe Pena, shares some of his favorite leg locks. First off is a kneebar set up from the closed guard, where he inverts to get underneath his opponent and push him away with his feet. With the leg hugged to his chest, he figure four locks his legs around the leg and applies pressure to finish the kneebar.

Inside the University 761 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

Inside the University 761 - Finishing the Triangle when Opponent Hides His Arm

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Now Rene begins already biting down on his triangle, and his opponent hides his arm to the side of the leg. Rene shows how he drags the arm across using a Kimura like hold, and then shows the details to lock the triangle tight and finish.

Inside the University 760 - Securing a Tight Triangle

Inside the University 760 - Securing a Tight Triangle

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Having set up his triangle with the arm across the neck now, and grabbing his shin for the safety lock, Rene goes over all his smaller details of adjusting and tightening the choke. One major key to tightening the choke is to keep your feet flexed at all times.

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

Inside the University 759 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control when Opponent Won't Come to the Top

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Again from side control, Rene wants the triangle but his opponent knows and won't come to the top. Now Rene lifts his opponent's head off the mat with his arm, and steps over, already placing his leg in position under the head. He can continue to roll to his side where he can finish the choke.

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

Inside the University 758 - Triangle Set Up from Side Control

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Professor Rene shows a triangle choke set up from side control, where he first pulls his opponent's arm up to place his thigh under, and sits back on his own ankle. After reaching under the head to grab the armpit, and trapping the wrist with his other hand, Rene lays back, and as his opponent comes to the top he shoves the arm inside and bites down with his triangle.