Posted On:2/02/2005 7:22am
Style: San shou(tai chi) +judo
Neil Adams advocates crossing the ankles for extra control of the other guy's body in jujigatame.
Is there any reason not to do this if foot locks are allowed?
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Posted On:2/02/2005 7:31am
I find the hold is tighter and I can exert more pressure with my ankles uncrossed. Pushing the knees together makes up for the ankle crossing, IMHO
Posted On:2/02/2005 7:55am
I was taught never to cross, although I do sometimes from my guard when the guy remains upright and I have the arm nearly fully extended.
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Posted On:2/02/2005 8:11am
In the standard armbar from the top, you don't want to cross your feet or your knees flare out and the pressure is lessened. From the guard though, there are plenty of times when crossing is permissable, with the triangle/armbar combo being the most extreme case of such.
Posted On:2/02/2005 8:56am
Style: bjj and hitting stuff
Aesop has broke the capsules of the correct.
I would say, atleast for me, if I have the submission locked in correctly from the start I don't feel the need to cross 'em.
Posted On:2/02/2005 10:04am
Crossed or uncrossed doesn't matter as much as you might think. People want to get stuck on the trivial details when they really need to be more worried about body positioning.
I have heard people say that crossing the feet takes pressure away from the squeeze of the knees. I don't think so. You are probably sitting down right now at a computer. Squeeze your knees together. Now cross your legs and squeeze your knees together. Not your ankles. Your knees. Feel any difference?
Just to note: Roger broke Jacare's arm last year with the ankles crossed.
Posted On:2/02/2005 10:09am
In summary, go to class and armbar as many people as possible, trying both ways. Return and post judgment.
Posted On:2/02/2005 10:52am
Can you still get your heel against the head though if you're crossing your ankles? I thought trapping the head tight was an important part of preventing escapes.
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Posted On:2/02/2005 11:29am
Style: MMA, No-Gi Grappling
Ankles crossed versus uncrossed doesnt really matter as much as how your legs are in relation to their arms.
And FYI, watch Rickson armbarring Takada, he crosses his ankles. You know, if you think Rickson knows best.
Posted On:2/02/2005 11:43am
Style: BJJ - Homeland Security
In the standard juji-gatame armbar, if you cross your feet it is possible for the person to push them over their head and sit up. If the lock is tight then there might not be time for this, but you don't want to lose it over something that minor.
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