So some of the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) students and I were on the mat the other day discussing submission techniques. As we discussed the “Armbar” “Triangle” “Kimura” and others, one of our newer white belts who was idling sitting off to the side listening to our debate. Chimed in and asked “Coach what about Wrist Locks?” Can I do “Wrist Locks”? The more seasoned belts subsequently amounted what appeared to be a verbal assault on this poor guy and his lack of International Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) rules with comments like “Are you Crazy” and “Dude Really, you’re a white belt.” But this began to get me to thinking. How many times have I used the ploy of attacking someone’s wrists just to get them to end their Grip Game and to retract their hands to their chest somewhat into a Tyrannosaurus Rex position, so I could either pass or capitalize on the lack of their defense. I’ve done this a ton of time. I’ve even done this when I had absolutely no clue as to how to get a solid Wrist Lock. My mere attempt to capture my opponent’s wrist in the dreaded lock, caused them to abandon their game plan and immediately go into a defensive posture. One I might add, gave me the advantage. Hell getting caught in a Wrist Lock sucks. Everyone knows that. They hurt, no matter how gently they are applied. So just acting like I knew Wrist Locks from several positions kept my opponent back on their heels. Eventually, I got to the level where Wrist Locks were an acceptable technique to use in competition but what about in a real life Self Defense situation?? Should this crazy, inexperienced white belt be afforded the knowledge to pull off the dreaded Wrist Lock. Hell, YES!! Why not. Just like other submissions, once you began to master Wrist Locks you see them all over the place when you train with your partners. The key is to have the ability to catch your partner in them, yet not applying so much force to have them run you over with their car after practice in the parking lot. So, I decided to put this quick Wrist Lock from the Closed Guard on tape. The concepts are simple. You have got to immobilize the elbow and hyper extend the wrist. Simple as that. In this video, you see that I use my foot on the hip and kind of pinch my knee into my partners shoulder to trap the elbow. Simultaneously, I break my partners grip, roll my hand on top of their wrist and trap their forearm with my forearm into a kimura type lock. Once done correctly Its easy to simply apply a little pressure on the wrist to hyper extend it. You’ll see my partner has no real recourse or escape for their elbow by trying to pull their hand out of my kimura lock. As usual if my description of this technique has now confused the hell out of you more than cleared up your questions just click below and check out the video.
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So I hope I helped you learn a new technique. If you dive into the world of wrist locks you will see them EVEYWHERE and I mean EVERYWHERE. This technique is just one you can use to either get the submission or to get your opponent reacting so you can pull off another. The name of the game is sport is keep your opponent reacting and trying to catch your momentum. If your leading that means your winning. If you like this technique and want to see more like it. Just subscribe to our blog, email us, visit the us on line at Team Randori or stop by one of the academies in Annapolis or Wheaton MD. Until next time, “Train Hard and Have Fun.”