Calf Crank to Counter Footlock

A Technique from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
By BJJ.Org Featured Contributor Michael Jen

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.

  1. The opponent applies a footlock on Michael, but does not have an optimal leg control position.
  2. Michael pushes the foot off his hip and inserts his right hand into the crook of his opponent's left knee. NOTE: The top of the forearm must be pressed tightly against the underside of the knee.
  3. "Figure Fouring" his hands together, Michael swings his leg over his opponent's thigh and grips it firmly at the ankle with his left hand.
  4. To finalize, Michael rolls his body backward while pulling his opponent forward. Pain is felt under the knee as the thigh and upper calf are compressed around the forearm bone.

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