Ankle pick

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Cesar Gracie

These techniques should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.
Practicing the moves incorrectly could result in serious bodily injury or death.

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1. Barry, on the left, squares up against Jake, on the right.
2. Barry shoots in for a takedown. Jake sprawls and uses his weight to force Barry to the ground.
3. Jake puts his right arm across Barry's face and uses it to secure Barry's right arm.
4. Jake now locks his hands together. Notice how Jake is still working off of the sprawl.
5. Jake will now dip his head down towards Barry's left side. This will give Jake the option to roll Barry and will add strength to the hold.
6. Barry stands up to try to get away from the hold.
7. Jake will use his left hand to "pick" Barry's left ankle. It's important that Jake keep driving forward and down while attacking Barry's left ankle.
8. After the takedown you should pull up on your opponents left leg as this will keep him from going back up to his knees again.

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