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Single Leg X, Standard Ashi, Ashi

Lesson Plan

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.

Micro Drills Overview

Outside DrillsInside Drills
Level 1Knee to Heel ConnectionHand Fight
Knee LineOpen the legs
Level 2Foot on Opp. Butt CheekBoot- Hips Up and Push them to their shoulder
Switch Side to SidePush Down the Knee line
Level 3Heel Hook – pulling up heelPush leg down & hop over foot
Heel Hook- popping the heelLeg pummel
Level 4Drop Back from Closed GuardFoot to the Hip (slip)
Ashi to GameoverStep over the leg
Pull the Inside Heel


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

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