The MMA Gospel Technique of the Week for this week starts and entire new three technique chain. Again we turn to 4th degree Hapkido black belt Ed Perdomo and student instructor Johnny Rodriguez to guide our readers through the details of how to string basic techniques into killer submission chains that win fights in the cage. This week, we use a jab to set up a very basic but often successful small outside leg hook (Kosoto Gake) and follow it through to an arm-triangle choke from the scarf-hold position. These two techniques are presented as one because the most common result of an outside trip is to land in half-guard. This only happens because the average fighter thinks takedown, position, submission in three steps. Using the takedown with the intention of moving directly into the choke as in this example forces the user to begin executing his pass to side mount or scarf-hold during the takedown instead of after. This ensures you land in side mount every time you use the sweep.
- Use your jab to bait your opponent. You want him to raise his elbows at least parallel with the ground to give you the space to shoot in.
- Step in deep and shoot for your opponents hips, keeping your hands in tight.
- Clasp your opponent firmly about the waist and wrap your outside leg around your opponents calf, placing your heel just inside his Achilles tendon.
- Simultaneously drive forward with your shoulder, pull your opponents hips in, and reap their leg backwards.
- Maintain control of your opponents leg with your foot to prevent them from closing their half-guard.
- Slide up your opponent’s body and control his head and arm with your outside arm and your head behind his inside tricep while pulling your free leg through his open guard into scarf-hold position.
- Drive your head into your opponent’s tricep and grab your bicep to close a figure four grip around his head and arm.
- Sit your hips out and walk around into a deep scarf-hold.
- Raise your hips to finish the choke.
Next week, we will use our opponent’s defense against this choke to take his back and apply our own rear-naked choke. This will in turn lead us through another three submission arch, using each moves defense to set up the next attack. They say submission grappling is a chess match and chess is a game of planning. A chess master thinks 40 or 50 moves ahead in order to defeat an opponent and that’s what a young fighter should aspire to be, a master. Thinking three or four steps ahead makes your opponent his own worst enemy.
*Ed Perdomo is a 4th degree black belt in the Korean grappling art of Hapkido and is head instructor of the Hapkido Institute in Morris, IL.