Getting By on Two Wrist Locks

Getting By on Two Wrist Locks


by Keith Pascal

Do I really think you could be a well-rounded martial artist by knowing just two different wrist locks?

Actually, no, I don’t. I think wrist and joint locks fit into a variety of practical self-defense situations. Also, if you happen to be “playing the wrist-locks game” with someone else, then he or she who can flow into the most locks will probably win.

So, then, why the title of this blog post? Why, “Getting By on Two Wrist Locks“?

Because in the next wrist-locks post, we’re going to talk about expanding your wrist-locks-effecting perimeter. You are going to increase your body safety bubble. I think you can increase your wrist-locking range with just two locks. (Thus the title.)

Both locks involve bending the fingers back toward the wrist. The first lock is the handshake lock found in the mini-wrist locks ecourse on this site. Sign up to the right. (Or read more about the ecourse and newsletter, here.)

And the second lock is basically the same lock, “upside down.” You can find it in the revised edition of “Wrist Locks: From Protecting Yourself to Becoming an Expert.” It’s called the “Live Long and Prosper.” (Pages 92-95)


Note: No need to buy “Wrist Locks,” if you don’t already own it. Simply take the handshake wrist lock and turn it over, so that the fingers are pointing to the sky, instead of to the ground. The variations have to do with how you grab the fingers. Experiment.



Once you have practiced these locks with the differing finger orientations, move on to the next blog post,

Enlarging Your Wrist-Locks Body-Bubble




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