I acknowledge that this is a sensitive issue and will likely generate some pretty heated comments, but one cannot deny that there are those in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu community who feel like foot locks require less technical knowledge to succeed than other submissions might.
For example, we have all experienced that moment in class when an aspiring, young MMA guy comes to BJJ class for the first time and at every opportunity sits back into a straight foot lock because he saw it on TV and it worked when he tried it at home on his younger brother. Of course in class that night with you and your friends, he goes for it with all his might and multiple people limp out of class on the way home, grumbling.
In the scenario above, does his “success” mean that he has good jiu-jitsu?
Do you and your training partners regularly include foot attacks when you spar, or do you avoid them because you want to focus on “more difficult” attacks, and avoid “low hanging fruit”?
Do You Consider Foot Attacks to be “Cheap” Submissions?
Now that I’ve lit the match and laid it next to a pile of dry twigs, I’ll let you guys discuss in the comment section of this post! Let us know what you think!