GB Technique: Heel Hook : Attack and Escape

This week on GB Technique we are going to look at one of the most effective submissions in the No-Gi competition – the Heel Hook – with Prof. Flavio Almeida
Recently, the IBJJF has added heel hooks to the list of legal techniques for black belts in No-Gi rules. Other competition rule sets have long allowed heel hooks and they have proven to be a highly effective submission strategy in the higher belt categories. Students who have trained primarily in the gi under IBJJF rules may not have a lot of experience training heel hooks.
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We are going to have a look at both heel hook offense and defense today. There are different grips and types of heel hook (inside and outside heel hook) and in this feature, we are looking at the outside heel hook.
Attack the Outside Heel Hook
There are different grip variations to apply the submission, different configurations of leg entanglement to control the opponent, and many different routes to enter into the heel hook attack. In this video, Prof. Flavio enters his opponent’s legs from the bottom of the open guard and rolls along with the opponent as they move in an attempt to escape the position.
Escape the outside heel hook
Prof. Flavio Almeida shows the most sound, basic way to defend the opponent’s heel hook attack. There is a correct direction to roll which relieves the pressure on the lock and if you roll the wrong direction, you actually heel hook yourself. Note how Prof. Flavio rolls WITH the turning pressure and executes a back step to escape the heel hook.
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Writer: Mark Mullen, Gracie Barra Black Belt