- Leglocks Are Relatively Easy To Learn
Compared to other grappling techniques, leg locks are actually pretty darn easy to learn. They don’t require a lot of experience, flexibility, or even coordination! Once you get the basic mechanics of the technique down and learn a few entries on applying the technique, you’ll be “locked and loaded” – ready to whip it out on your next opponent!
- Leglocks Are A Great Equalizer
Leg locks have an amazing ability to work on people bigger and/or more skilled than you! Although the legs are strong, they also don’t have as much mobility as say the arms do and this means they can be difficult for one to “finesse” their way out of. Even the strength of one’s legs is neutralized by the leverage of a good leglock technique.
- Leglocks Are Widely Available
In a fight, leglock opportunities are EVERYWHERE! You can capture an opponent in a leglock from a wide variety of positions. In his guard, half-guard, north-south, side control, from being mounted, after a takedown, and even when an opponent tries to kick you. With all of these possibilities, if you didn’t know leglocks it would leave a HUGE GAPING HOLE in your fighting ability – a hole too big for any serious person to ignore!
- Most People Don’t Know How To Do Leglocks
It’s been said that the best fighting technique is the one they don’t see coming. This is very true for leglocks, making leglocks are a great “surprise” move. They often catch people TOTALLY OFF-GUARD! When an opponent has no clue what you are doing to him, it makes your attack MUCH MORE LIKELY TO SUCCEED!
- Most People Have No Idea How To Defend Against Leglocks
This point follows from the 4th. Not only is it often easier to get a leglock on people because they don’t know what it is, for the same reason it’s easier to finish the move successfully because often times your opponent will have no idea how to escape from it once they are caught!
- Leglocks Can Instantly Stop A Fight
All experienced grapplers know how DANGEROUS leglocks can be (that’s why these moves are often ILLEGAL in most tournaments). They are indeed dangerous, but when your life is on the line, that’s exactly what you want – something “dangerous” to stop your attacker! After all, nobody can fight with a ripped knee or ankle!