How much does it cost? About £24/$35/E32, although they occasionally have some sort of discount offer going on.
Will it make me a master of footlocks, like the title suggests? No.
Wait, what? The only footlock covered here is the IBJJF-friendly straight ankle lock.
What, no heel hook? No toe hold? No Russian leg knot? Nope.
Eddie Cummings isn’t going to be happy. No, he’s not, and it’s also done in a Gi too.
Garry Tonon is starting to look bored. He may be, but if he didn’t get this just because it only covered the straight ankle lock and was done in a Gi then he’d miss a great little instructional on ‘how to get the straight ankle lock from the bottom position in BJJ using the single leg X, and transitioning to 50/50 and Overhook X Guard if that doesn’t work out‘.
I can see why Ollie went with ‘Footlock mastery’ as a title instead… Yep.
So, I should get it? Yes, absolutely.
Why? Well, as an example of an app that follows a particular route – getting the straight ankle lock from the bottom position – it’s not bad at all.
So, it’s not perfect? No. Annoyingly the information is presented backwards – he starts with how to finish the ankle lock and gradually works backwards to the set up to making it happen, covering all the possibilities along the way, which is why he covers 50/50 guard and X Guard too. Also, he calls things by names you might not recognise. For example, Ollie’s “Footlock position” is what most people call “Single Leg X” – if he used more standard names then it might make it more obvious what’s on offer here.
I’ll probably get it then. Good – you should. The information is really nicely presented. Ollie has a very clear and accessible presentation style. I really liked the distinction he made between how to get the ankle lock by attacking the joint and not attacking the Achilles tendon, which hurts more, but wouldn’t break the joint if applied fully. His advice on creating a ‘shell’ to protect the footlock while you work is also very useful. I would have liked to have seen a few more ‘rough around the edges’ sections where he worked against resistance and showed how he dealt with that, but you can’t fault the quality of the teaching. The camera work is also first class, offering close ups where necessary. On the iPad you can choose to download each chapter separately, for offline viewing, or stream them over WiFi and save space on your iPad, which is a really nice, flexible option that all Digitsu products have.
What else should I get? If you’re getting this one then I’d also recommend Giani Grippo’s Single Leg X so that you’ve got a wider understanding of the Single Leg X position.
Full contents listing:
- Ankle Lock As Position
- Importance Of The Shell
- Ankle Lock Finishing Theory
- Ankle Lock Turning To The Knees Finish
- Turning To The Knees to Top Position
- Ankle Lock To Crossover To Leg Drag
- Advantages Of the Straight Ankle Lock
- Outside Hook Ankle Lock Theory And Basic Finish
- Outside Hook Ankle Lock Turning To The Knees
- 50/50 Theory And Use
- Breaking The Defensive 50/50 – Knee Push
- 50/50 Basic Ankle Lock Finish
- 50/50 Calf Crush
- 50/50 Reverse Grip Finish
- 50/50 Outside Leg Finish
- Standing Ankle Lock Control Theory
- Standing Ankle Lock Cross Sweep
- Standing Ankle Lock Double Ankle Sweep
- Standing Outside Hook Tripod Sweep
- Standing Outside Hook Overhead Sweep
- Overhook X Guard – Transition Theory
- Overhook X Guard – Angle Change To Ankle Lock Topple
- Overhook X Guard – Tripod Sweep
- Overhook X Guard – Waiter Sweep
- Overhook X Guard – Getting The Near Sleeve
- Overhook X Guard – Near Sleeve Single Leg Stand Up
- Overhook X Guard – Near Sleeve Overhead Sweep
- Overhook X Guard – Far Sleeve Drag Down Sweep
- Entering The Footlock From The Knees
- Entering The Footlock From Shin To Shin Guard
- Entering The Footlock From Half-Guard / 93 Guard
- Entering The Footlock From Spider Guard
- Entering The FootLock Leandro Lo Sweep From Spider Guard
- Entering The FootLock Basic Entry From Top
- Ankle Lock Defence – Moving To Top Position
- Ankle Lock Defence – The Scoot
- Standing Ankle Lock Defence – Back Step To Side