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Ashi Garami


Please work on understanding all the concepts and then pick only 3 of each to work on (3  Entries, 3 Escapes, 3 Submissions and 3 Submissions Escapes)

  • Day 1 Concepts/Entries (Read the Concepts – Watch the full video before class. Find 3 Entries)
  • Day 2Transitions (Review the 3 Entries and Pick 3 Escapes. Watch the full video before class)
  • Day 3Escapes (Review the 3 Entries and Pick 3 Escapes. Watch the full video before class)
  • Day 4Submissions (Re-Watch the EscapesVideos and Pick 3 Submissions. Watch the full video before class)
  • Day 5Submission Chains (Re-Watch the Submissions Videos and Pick a Submission Chain. Watch the full video before class)
  • Day 6 – Review – (Go over all 3 Variations, Transitions, Sweeps, Passes, Submissions and Combos)
  • Day 7 – Create 3 full sequences from each category
    • Guard Pull – AShi Sweep – Top – Submit
    • Takedown – Pass the  Ashi – Submit
    • Pull  – Ashi  – Submission from  Ashi


Day 1


Single Leg X, Standard Ashi, Ashi

Position Description

The ashi garami is a leg entanglement with your inside knee over and your outside leg under one of theirs. The trapped heel is on the outside of your body. It is a superior grip because you have both legs pinching on one of theirs. Essentially it is Single Leg X on the ground with your foot in between theirs.


  • Upper body weight is over the elbow or hand
  • Layover top the submission
  • Eliminate space
  • Try to keep your butt tight to theirs


Maintaining Ashi

Transitioning to different Ashi positions

  • Double Outside Ashi -> Butterfly Ashi -> Ashi -> X Guard -> Switch Sides

Day 2

Transitions From

  • Ashi Garami to Game Over
  • Ashi Garami to Double Ashi

Transitions To

Day 3


Day 4


Day 5

Submission Escapes

  • Ashi straight ankle defense
    • Boot
    • Toes point to the mat
    • Stand up
    • Come under the ankle ;wrist on toes twist

Position Defense ( if opponent tries to pull Ashi)

Submission Chains

  • Ankle Lock to Heel Hook

Day 6

Opponents Submission Setups

Opponents Sweeps Setups

  • Your opponent will be looking to pop over your inside leg to transition to the mount position from here so you need to not allow your knee to be compromised by keeping it in their thighs and not allowing them to get control of your head or arm. Try to stay on your strong side meaning your outside leg on the bottom. They will try to get you to the other side so they can hop over the inside leg.

Additional Information

Head Positioning

  • You are working to be on the same side as the outside leg so your head will be near the mat.

Leg Positioning

  • Your outside leg goes over their leg and the heel goes to the hip
  • Your inside leg goes under their inside of the non-trapped leg and you have the option of also pinching on the trapped leg but this will allow them to come up easier.


  • Hide your inside foot by having under their far leg or under their butt.


  • Your “Knee Grip” will not be as tight due to extending your inside leg to their leg but it should still be tight.
  • Your “Arm Grip” will be on your opponent’s outside leg ankle.


  • As with most leg lock positions you are looking to stay close. With your butt scooting close to their butt. Trying to keep your arms and head out of their reach.

Weight Analysis

  • Your weight needs to be extending on the inside leg. Leaning on your inside arm. You are usually sitting up or on your side.

Ideal Body Type

  • Works for all body types

Leverage Points

  • The outside leg on the hip keeping them from coming up
  • Your inside leg on the thigh keeping them from coming up

Pro Grappler to Review

  • Garry Tonon