Straight Ankle Lock, Achilles lock or "Botinha"


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Straight ankle lock

Usually when you get into leglocks one of the first you learn is the straight ankle lock from 50/50. Before you can go for the ankle lock, you have to secure control of the opponent’s leg.

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There’s numerous leg entanglements, but you can go with this simple control. When you’re going for an outside ankle lock have your outside foot on their hip and inside foot hooking their leg.

Once you get your legs this position you must bring your knees together to cut off space and be tight. With their leg secured, you can work on getting your grip.

Hug their ankle tight with the blade of your wrist pressed against the opponent’s achilles. Your hand needs to be placed on your chest for two reasons. It keeps your grip high, which makes it more secure and harder to escape.

Now you can lock on the pressure. Push on their hip the same time you arch your back and drive your wrist bone into their achilles.

If done right, the pain is excruciating and will result in a quick tap.


Straight ankle lock variation

This variation is when both you and your opponent are in a sitting position. You start with your legs in between your opponent’s legs hooking under both legs.

Choose the leg you want to attack and grab it with two hands. One on their ankle and the other on their knee as you pull it into you.

As you do this your far leg shifts to an inside hook on the leg you are attacking. You then press your outside leg against the opponent’s thigh, get your grips and get the submission.

Visitor Feedback

I have recently retrained as an EMT, which involves wearing boots and standing for long periods of time. Initially, I found my uniform boots were very uncomfortable.

I was then directed to your site by an online EMT resource. As a result of this I tried a different method of lacing, the gap lacing method, with the lace lock to finish. I cant believe they’re the same boots! This has made them so much more comfortable and my 12 hour shifts don’t cause any foot pain.

– Lisa D., London, UK, Apr-2016

Even with a regularly tied bow, the shoelaces were still too long. Both the bow and the loose ends were almost touching the floor. So I googled some solutions, stumbled across your site again, and decided to try Lock Lacing because it took advantage of an extra eyelet on the side of my shoe that wasn’t laced up yet.

– Andrei R., USA, Apr-2014

I was trying on a pair of Ecco Shoes that I really liked but the heal was slipping, The young salesman said, “let me try a different lacing” and did a lock type at the top of the shoe. It was remarkable how it not only lessened the slippage but also solved a problem I have had with tied shoes for 60 years. I have an overly sensitive area at the top of my foot. Most shoes that are tied tight put pressure on that area and result in discomfort, the lock lacing doesn’t do that.

– Tim E., USA, Oct-2010

Also been recommending lock lacing to our customers buying running shoes, as it works really well for me. I also use it on my etnies as a good way to finish the bar lacing as I have an odd number of eyelets (as pictured)

– Alex H., UK, Nov-2009

I must take exception to a comment you have regarding “Lock Lacing”. You seem to be of the opinion that it is not the answer if there is some heel movement in a running shoe. I disagree, in certain circumstances. If there is very minor slippage, it makes a world of difference. If the fit is way too wide for the person’s heel, the heel will still move. There are many runners who use “Lock Lacing” – so many that it’s actually referred to as the “Heel Lock” over here – with no adverse effects, including me. The problem with switching to another shoe that fits the heel more snugly is that the make or model may not suit the runner. Every company uses a different cushioning system and some use different systems in each model. Shoes that fit the heels slightly better are not going to be any good if the cushioning system is such that the runner can’t or won’t wear them. For example, Saucony running shoes fit my heel better than either Reebok or ASICS, but I can’t wear Sauconys because the cushioning does not suit the way I land: my forefoot goes numb within a couple of kilometres. I don’t have that problem with any other make of running shoe I’ve tried. “Lock Lacing” allows me to use other models that would cause blisters otherwise. It is a simple and effective answer for many.

– Jim G., USA, Apr-2009

I recently ran the Ridge to Bridge Marathon in the mountains of North Carolina, USA (I live in Greensboro, NC, USA). This race is unique because the first 14 miles are downhill. The race director suggested using the lock lacing method to keep the shoe snug and to prevent the loosening of the laces since it was so much down hill. I used the method and it worked great.

– Thad M., NC, USA, Nov-2008

I do have one comment on Lock Lacing. What you describe as the negative feature — harder to loosen — is actually why it’s a useful technique. The laces below the lock area are pretty much isolated from the area above — if one is not using one of your improved tying methods and the shoe comes untied, the forefoot won’t loosen up very fast, or at all. Because of my physiology, when I used this lacing method, I use it for exactly the opposite of what you say it’s most useful for. I need the top bit to not be tight (high instep and heel bumps) but like the forefoot tight, especially with racing flats. with lock lacing, I can do that.

– Larry M., IN, USA, Jul-2006

i also randomly discovered that ladder lacing combines PERFECTLY with lock lacing. since ladder lacing forms loops between all the eyelets, you can use the last one for lock lacing. my shoes have never felt tighter than they do now in this configuration.

– Kyle B., MD, USA, Nov-2005

I stop at the second from the top eye and then on the same side of the shoe pass it through the top eye forming a loop. The lace is then passed through the loop formed on the opposite side. A bow is then tied but it has no weight on it because of the previous instruction. If the knot does become undone it will not slip, hopefully. I was shown this method by a woman at ‘Just Comfort’ shoes, Stones Corner, Qld.

– Ian M., Australia, Apr-2004


Zubits are magnets. You install them by threading your laces through them.

At that point, after some fluffing and adjustment, you can fasten your shoes just by bringing the faces of the magnets together. You can buy them in three strengths (think Kids, Normal, and Extreme Sports); I found that the normal ones (strength 2) held incredibly firmly through walking, running, and silly fake dance routines.

Zubits snap together with powerful, directed magnets.

And yet—to get them off, you just step on your shoe’s heel and step out. The Zubits pop instantly and helplessly apart. Because the stepping-forward business stresses the bond at an angle, they give up their grip without so much as a whimper.

The ingenious part of the design is that all the magnetic force is on the connecting surfaces of the magnets. The rest of these metal blocks aren’t magnetic. They don’t, for example, attract paper clips as you walk through the office.

I love these guys, for one simple reason: they replace the tying business without replacing the open/shut cycle. In other words, you’re not locking your shoes into one tension, as with the Lace Anchors; you’re bringing the two sides of the shoe together just as you do when tying them. Except you’re doing it with a single, satisfying click!

The downside of the Zubits is that they look a little funny. They scream, “I’ve replaced shoelaces with technology!” And, at $22, they’re not cheap.

Zubits come in a range of colors. (So do all of these products, actually.)

But they work beautifully, and they’re super fun to snap together and apart. I can think of many preschoolers, in particular, who’d be delighted with Zubits.

Lock Laces

Lock Laces replace your existing laces with elastic ones, which you secure at the top with a sliding spring-loaded clip.

LaceLocks replace your laces with elastic ones.

I wasn’t expecting much; at $8, these are the least expensive solution I could find. But this solution works perfectly. You can get more slack to put in your foot, and then briskly snug the shoe up with the clip.

To open or close the LaceLocks, you press the spring-loaded clasp and slide it along the laces.

Better yet, the feeling of a LaceLocked running shoe is amazing. The embrace of your foot isn’t rigid, as with regular laces; there’s a certain flexibility, a sort of breathing as your foot moves. It feels great, and yet the shoe remains incredibly secure all the way down your foot.