Bas Rutten Inverted Heel Hook from the 50/50

Rutten Tootin It’s Bas Rutten time!!!!!!! Yesterday we looked at how Rener Gracie applies the Inverted Heel Hook. Today I wanted to get another perspective on this super dangerous move. Who better to teach us than a man who used a heel hook to win three different MMA fights!

Even though Bas does not mention it by name, he is starting in the 50/50ish position. If you are not familiar with the 50/50 it’s name comes from the fact that both players have a 50/50 chance of finishing a leg attack. In the video below Bas Rutten shows how you can counter your opponent’s attempt at a straight Ankle Lock and then attack with an inverted heel hook.

Much like Rener, Bas focuses on using your hips to help move the leg from one side to another. This hip thrust again is the most crucial part of the move. No hip thrust = no leg lock! From there I really liked how Bas talks about using the elbow to open up the heel. This is a very unorthodox and sneaky method of opening the heel. That transition is one that I want to add to my game and will need to drill to really get it down.

Want to learn more about the Inverted Heel Hook? Maybe you want to learn more about Jiu Jitsu or MMA? Maybe just want to shed a few pounds? If you live in the Northridge, Granda Hills, Van Nuys, Reseda, Lake Balboa, Sherman Oaks, Burbank, Studio City, Woodland Hills, Canoga Park, or San Fernando Valley area at all make sure to stop by 10th Planet Van Nuys and check out a class! 

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