This week's technique of the week is one of my absolute favourite submissions, the Toe Hold, and it's the mechanics of the finish I'm focusing on.
The key points are:-
- His foot should be pointed like a ballerina. To achieve that your left hand needs to be right on the end of his foot. That working on the end of limbs is a common theme. Where is the branch of a tree easier to bed, next to the trunk or on the very end of the branch. We all know the answer, so work on the end of his foot. Your left hand extends his toes and then rotates them.
- But it is your right hand / arm that is really going to apply the submission and that's what many people aren't doing. Your right elbow comes up towards your face. That magnifies the effects of the Toe Holds significantly.
- Finally, leading with the left hand, you take his foot towards his backside. If you imagine pushing his big toe up his backside, you won't go too far wrong.
And a final note on Toe Holds. They are International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) legal, but only at brown and black belt, and then only this version of the Toe Hold, when the foot is being rotated inwards, is legal. You are not allowed to rotate the foot outwards to apply a Toe Hold.