Despite leg locks being around as long as Jiu Jitsu, a lot of BJJ players find them scary. That’s understandable as being on the wrong end of a nasty leg lock can lead to very serious injury.
However, leg locks don’t have to be scary. In fact, like any submission, defending leg locks comes down to understanding the mechanics and what your partner is trying to achieve.
To help you get a better understanding of how to defend heel hooks, here is a great primer from Dennis Schindler.
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