I love submissions that I can chain together. One of my favorite side control series is the Kimura to Straight Arm Bar to Americana series. I think this is one of the reasons why I gravitated towards Leg Locks. If for whatever reason I can’t seem to hit the first move in my chain, I don’t freak out because I know that I have at least two to three more finishes I could try out before all hope is lost.
In today’s video we are going to look at how the Kneebar and Toe Hold can work together to create a leg destroying chain. What I like about this transition is that the guy going for the Leg Lock is able to attack both legs. In the past I normally went for the Toe Hold after I had extended out the Kneebar. In the video Chris Manuel changes things up and attacks the non Kneebar leg. I think this is a great idea because your opponent normally is too concerned with a possible Kneebar to really think about defending the Toe Hold.
A few weeks ago Coach Alder showed his 10th Planet Van Nuys class a variation of this move from the Twister Pass that I really liked. Since we practice No Gi Alder focused on how we can control our opponent while setting up the Kneebar. Since we don’t have anything really to grip on, Coach Alder stressed the importance of keeping your weight on your opponent the whole time instead of coming up high like the guy does in the video. If you want to learn some more about this move or anything else in Jiu Jitsu, make sure to stop by 10th Planet Van Nuys!