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27 July 2017

27/07/2017 - BJJ Globetrotter Camp | Leuven 2017 | Leglocks (Aaron Milam)

Class #860
BJJ Globetrotter Camp (Sportoase Leuven), Aaron Milam, Leuven, Belgium, 27/07/2017

Last year we had a visitor from the US, Paul den Hartog, who trained with us for over a month, IIRc. When he saw I was going to the Leuven Camp again this year, he recommended I seek out Aaron Milam, who presumably he knows from Portland. I therefore made a point of heading to his lesson leglocks, even though I didn't have any real intention of actually drilling them.

Leglocks terrify me and I doubt I will ever use them with any kind of regularlity, but it is useful being aware of the set ups to help escapes. The main reason was to see what Milam's teaching style was like: he was detailed and technical, an excellent advert for the class he's doing that I am interested in, all about grips.

To summarise, the lesson was titled 'theory of circular leglocks'. Aaron started with a straight anklelock, then showed how you could rotate, going into a toe hold, then further and change it into a kneebar. If you spin even more, there's an inverted heel hook there.

I'm sure it was good info, so I'll have to check it out properly if I ever want to do more with leglocks than defend them. I took note of the defensives parts (i.e., when Aaron said "make sure they can't do this"), so things like splitting the legs and clearing their pushing foot. Also, getting your own foot to the floor, so you can stand. Getting your hip up, getting their foot off.

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