How do you view people and their skill when going for footlocks? I think footlocks are ok, BUT they are too often attempted and when failed they find themselves in a worse position. Heres how I see it. Jiu Jitsu players who go for foot locks right away are showing LACK of guard passing skill. ANYONE can throw a footlock and hope it lands. Its like looking for a one punch knock out. But like a person hoping for a one punch knock out they are risking POSITION. At my academy i have noticed this; ---I dont really see people go for footlocks in the beggining of practice, not when they are fresh. It is when they are tired and are not able to pass an opponents guard that they begin going for foot locks. Ill be honest i believe that i have a very hard guard to pass and this may fustrate someone. Ive noticed a pattern that when someone cant pass my guard they start relying on footlocks, going for them over and over again because they cannot pass an open guard... going for a hail mary. Then eventually they will fall to a bad position that the oponent will capitalize on. I think that everytime someone goes for a 'fall back anklelock' they are missing an oportunity to work on the guard pass followed by body positioning when the guard has been passed, submissions from the mount, sidecontrol, getting a better feel for keeping and shifting your weight on an opponent when reacting to his movements, taking the back opportinity..etc. I believe Jean Jacques has the same opinion, ive talked to him about footlocks and he says something in the lines of "they are fustrated that they cannot pass your guard and thats why they start going for foot locks" without me asking him about MY situation but the man has eyes in the back of his head and notices everything that goes on in the mat. Also whenever someone begins to go for a footlock in the beggining of class he says "dont rely on the anklelock try to pass his guard". And as abvious by now, I agree. IMO footlocks are easy to get and land, atleast for me. It is easy to grab a foot and fall back then begin working on what tipe of footlock you want to apply. I dont mind that much when people go for footlocks because i think they are mentally fustrated by now, if anything it has helped me a LOT in defending footlocks and learning how to position my legs etc... BUT i still think that they are too often attempted. Dont get me wrong, if its there take it, i think footlocks are MUST learned techniques but one should not disregard the guaard pass because after all Passing The Guard is about 80% of a Jiu Jitsu fight. What are your opinions on ankle locks and how do you view peoples skill when most of their game is falling back for foot locks. In case you are wondering "does everyone tap you with footlocks?" the answer is no. i have not been tapped from an anklelock in a while but i see the same pattern almost everyday in the gym that i felt the need to ask you guys what your opinions are. Feel free to disagree. Discuss.