Don’t Forget the Kick

In the last blog post, we dealt with a gridlock scenario where both you and your opponent respond with a punch during a wrist lock.

You punch because she’s resisting, and she punches because you are effecting a lock as a control.

So, you both punch at the same time.


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I gave you several options on how to avoid a simultaneous, double knockout. One option that I didn’t discuss was a low-line kick.

I have developed a lot of drills, and you should too, where I kick low the instant I feel wrist locks resistance. These kicks could aim for the shins, knee, or inside of the leg.

Note: I also am partial to a scrap with my instep down the opponent’s shin … or a solid, stomp to the part where the shin and foot “connect.”

Demolishing the ankle in a real, life-threating emergency is an option, too.


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Of course, since you should always look at the flip side of a coin, I also have a lot of drills where I kick low in response to someone else trying to wrist lock me.

So, are we just creating another “both-gunslingers-draw-at-exactly-the-same-time” situation?

Instead of punches, have you just created an impasse with kicks?

Actually, now there is some variety: While you lock, you feel resistance … so, you have a choice of either kicking or punching immediately. (I suggest you practice both, for automaticity.)

And on the receiving end, you have a choice to use a punch or a kick to escape the lock.

This turns it into a real game … kick-n-kick, kick-n-punch, punch-n-kick.

So far, all of this can be practiced in the context of a regular, martial arts class. There’s nothing magic or really special about any of these moves, right?

In the next post, I’ll show you how to make this very same scenario into a higher-level, advanced martial-arts, training session.


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