If you're looking to add a powerful weapon to your Jiu-Jitsu arsenal, look no further than Mikey Musumeci's Death From Below: The Anatomical Guide To The Straight Footlock DVD from BJJ Fanatics.
In this instructional, Musumeci shares the secrets of one of the most devastating submissions in BJJ.
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced grappler, this DVD will help you unleash the power of the straight footlock on your opponents!
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Table of Contents
Who is Mikey Musumeci?
Before I go to the review of the DVD, I want to talk about the instructor. If you are still very new to BJJ, his name might not be familiar.
Michael Musumeci, also known as Mikey Musumeci, is a highly accomplished Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Gilbert “Durinho” Burns and Jonatas “Tagarela” Gurgel.
A decorated competitor, Musumeci has medalled in some of the sport’s most prestigious tournaments, including the IBJJF World Championships, Pan American Championships, and ADCC North American Trials.
Musumeci became known in the lower divisions of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by winning world titles consecutively as a juvenile, blue belt, and brown belt. His style is modern and relies heavily on the berimbolo and crab ride positions.
He is also known for his footlock in the gi competitions, which makes him unique because most competitors use the leglock game in the no-gi competition.
I finally made the decision to purchase the DVD because in the last six months or so, I have been heavily invested in attacking the legs of my opponents during rolls.
In addition, I also share similar weight and height with Musumeci. So, what better way to learn about attacking the foot if not from a multiple time world champion that has the same body frame as mine.
What is in the Death From Below BJJ instructional by Mikey Musumeci?
The Death from Below BJJ instructional is a comprehensive guide to the straight footlock game of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
It covers everything from Musumeci's approach to breaking the foot as devastatingly as possible, combinations with other types of footlocks and to counters against common reactions from your opponent.
The DVD is nearly four hours long and is separated into four parts as shown below:
Part #1: Introduction to the footlock and control
In the first part of the instructional, Musumeci introduces what he defines as a proper footlock.
There are some details that I learned for the first time from Musumeci's definition of a proper footlock and these answer some of the issues I have when I try to go for the footlock and my opponent is seemingly able to withstand the submission no matter how hard I crank on their foot.
Musumeci also introduces two most common leg entanglement positions when attacking the straight footlock: first is the regular single leg-x and the second one is the butterfly ashi.
He explains the pros and cons of using each one of the entanglements. Eventually, he stresses that for him personally, he believes the butterfly ashi is a better position to attack the foot and the rest of the DVD will talk about a footlock system which is all based on the butterfly ashi position.
In this first part, Musumeci also dedicates a major portion to talk about the importance of using frames.
Basically, when you play the footlock game, you will spend a lot of time at the bottom position (because you are attacking the foot).
Therefore, it is very important to have a good understanding and awareness of using frames so that you will not get smashed by your opponent.
Part #2: Breaking and finishing
In the second part of the instructional, Musumeci talks about the most optimal way you can make your opponent tap to the footlock as fast as possible.
The breaking mechanic taught by Musumeci is very devastating if you watch the DVD.
This is not your regular straight footlock that only pressures the soft part of your opponent's ankle.
Musumeci teaches how to break your opponent's foot in multiple different parts of the small bones simultaneously and therefore give your opponent no choice but to tap quickly otherwise the foot will be completely shattered.
After Musumeci teaches on how to optimally break the foot, he then shows how to finish the submission from different positions.
Part #3: Combining with the Aoki lock, entries and countering possible reactions
In part three of the instructional, Musumeci introduces the Aoki lock. This lock is more of a heel hook than a straight footlock in my opinion but Musumeci shows a way on how to make it look like a straight footlock even though it really feels more like a heel hook.
He also talks about possible defenses and counters from your opponent and how to react to them so you can get them back into the footlock position.
There is also some instructional on how to use other types of attacks to get into the footlock position.
Part #4: More counters on potential reactions
The final part of the instructional is basically a continuation of the
previous part. Here, Musumeci talks more about potential reactions from
The difference with the previous part is that in this part, Musumeci emphasizes more on situations in which your opponent stands up to pass your guard or to escape the footlock attempt.
So, does this instructional worth to buy?
This is perhaps your main question so far after reading what is in the instructional. As practitioner who is really getting into the leglock game, I can say with an astounding yes to this answer.
There are a lot of new details about the footlock, especially on the breaking mechanics and combinations to other types of footlock, that I learn from Musumeci.
I have also tried them on live rolls and they do work whenever I am able to get all the needed checklist for the technique to work.
The footlock details shown by Musumeci here have also been tested at the highest level.
His world record breaking fastest submission, during a final at the IBJJF World Championship, was exactly through the footlock he teaches in the instructional and you can watch the video here:
However, like any other technique, you will always need to drill what Musumeci teaches and shows many times over to get it into your muscle memory.
If you do not like to play the leglock game, I believe it will not hurt your jiu jitsu to add more weapons into your game. Even if you do not like attacking the foot in the gi, you can learn how footlock works thus you know how to defend it better.
Is it suitable for beginners?
I believe that if you are still completely new to jiu jitsu, you better focus on the fundamentals first before getting your hands on this instructional.
This DVD is suitable for at least a two-stripe white belt or practitioners who have been training three times a week for at least six months.
The single leg-x and butterfly ashi guards that Musumeci uses in this instructional are more suitable for advanced or intermediate white belts who have learned more than the basic closed guard or half guard.
To wrap it up....
If you're looking to add some new footlock moves to your game, or are curious about the best breaking mechanics of a footlock, Death from Below is a great resource.
The techniques taught by Mikey Musumeci are high-level and can be applied in competition settings with devastating results.
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