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Technique Video of the Day: Hook the Heel, Wreck the Knee

When we watched this video, we lost The Game.  VidProps: PanicPulse/YouTube

Ed “Short Fuse” Herman impressed some of us last night when he went all Paul Harris on poor Kyle Noke, catching Noke with a heel hook and torquing that motherlover until Mario Yamasaki noticed Noke’s “owwie” face and tap simultaneously, stopping it with a minute left in the first round. No official word yet, but expect Noke to be walking gingerly for the next few weeks.

If you’re not familiar with the much-feared heel hook, take a quick peep at this video where the lovely Joanne Spracklen demonstrates the mechanics, and keep in mind that the twisting action at the heel puts a lot of strain on the knee of that leg. And when we say “a lot of strain”, we mean that ligaments pop and tissues tear when you start cranking on this.

Joanne illustrates the standard heel hook, whereas Herman pulled off the inverted variety, moving Noke’s leg to the other side of his hips and twisting the toes out away from the body; the effects are every bit as devastating.

Do NOT try this at home. Seriously, people talk about how kids are resilient and can bounce back from anything, but surgery on knee ligaments will slow even the best of them way down.

Plus, i’m being told that mine is past the manufacturer’s warranty period, and now i have to pay out of pocket to get him fixed. And that’s why we can’t have nice things.


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noizy- August 15, 2011 at 7:02 pm
I need to enroll in some BJJ. Where's their gym?
intercept440- August 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
no. no. rex .we DO want more articles of woman rolling around with each other...
were simple though, all we hear coming out of her mouth is Blah blah blah blah...
i can live with that
XENOPHON- August 15, 2011 at 12:13 pm
I'm all for the "Technique, by Joanne" section.
Morningwood- August 15, 2011 at 11:12 am
I like girls that grapple in gi's. Knowing they have good grip strength makes my cup pop forward.
HEY- August 15, 2011 at 10:35 am
Press 4.
Fierce Brosnan- August 15, 2011 at 10:34 am
Huh.. Trapping the heel as she does in the crook of your elbow is sloppy technique. Often the foot can pop out when you crank it. But that's hot, blonde BJJ - I guess..
ArmFarmer- August 15, 2011 at 10:29 am
My favorite part was at 23 seconds... need a repeating gif of that.
ReX13- August 15, 2011 at 10:26 am
i guess you guys don't want anymore videos of Joanne in her shorts, huh?
RwilsonR- August 15, 2011 at 10:03 am
I think this technique would be more effective if Joanne performed it in Dennis Hallman's fight shorts.
HEY- August 15, 2011 at 9:47 am
Nice demo, but years of watching late night movies about women's prison on Cinemax prevent me from taking any of it seriously.
intercept440- August 15, 2011 at 9:39 am
sorry what was she talking about .. i was distracted