Mastering the Achilles Lock Finish (Marcelo Setup!)

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 Achilles Lock – Two Secrets of the Grip

 A lot of people see the Achilles Lock as one of the harder submissions to hit in competition, this is definitely not the case. When it comes to details, however, the Achilles lock is by far one of the more detailed leg lock finishes.

 You can mess up a lot of aspects of a heel hook and still force the tap (or hurt someone), but there’s a lot less you can leave our of a competition-level Achilles and still hope to get the finish. This is particularly important in situations where heel hooks are not available – such as during competitions in the Gi.

 In the gi, the achilles lock has always been my most successful competitive leg lock, and here’s a fundamental Achilles lock setup (and the core details you simply cannot leave out!).

 

1) Alignment of Your Knee Angles

A heel hook and toe hold can be hit from a variety of angles, but an achilles lock almost only works when your opponent’s leg is facing the EXACT same angle as your own leg (as determined by the direction of the knees). When this angle is off, your forearm won’t be square behind the achilles tendon of the opponent – and you’ll be in for trouble when you try to finish. Always keep your knees tight and ensure that his leg is facing the exact same direction.

achilles lock

Notice the knee alignment that Shinya Aoki uses here as he creates MAXIMUM pressure by "bellying out" for the finish.

2) Refining the “Bite,” Let the Grips Do the Work!

Your bite on the back of your opponents achilles tendon should be directly above his heel, not anywhere near his calf. The reason being not only can you get greater leverage at the end of the foot, but you can do more real damage and generally you can make things more painful in a lot less time.

In addition, your grip should be high near your own chest, NOT by the stomach – this is where most people go wrong with the finish. When their ankle is locked high to your chest and you’re locked high towards the end of their ankle itself, your grip does 80% of the work for the technique!

 

Daniel Faggella

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