I started doing wrist locks about 20 years ago. I had learned them from a previous instructor who was trained in Aikido. I never really had an opportunity to explore them and train them as I do now.
In Jiujitsu, the wrist lock seems to be an almost forgotten submission. For me, its now one of my more go to moves. Training at Humble Jiujitsu affords me the luxury of looking outside the box. Exploring different areas of the Art. I have always felt the wrist was a vulnerable area to attack. Not a lot of guys train wristlocks or defenses.
At Humble Jiujitsu we believe that every submission, position, sweep, is worth training. If not only to know the escapes or feel the moves being done to you. Its hard to defend a heel hook if you never been put in one. Like anything else in Jiujitsu, we don't fear it, we embrace it. Trying new or different things is how you grow.
I feel by not training heel hooks, wrist locks, neck cranks etc... you are putting your students at a disadvantage. By not allowing the techniques to be shown or taught, creates a level of fear within oneself. If you know an escape or two from an ankle lock. Whats to fear? The thing about Jiujitsu, you always have the TAP. The tap is what sets our sport apart. We can train hard, go for moves, and still walk away each and very night in one piece.
What other Martial Art can you go as hard as you want, almost break each others arms, legs, or shoulders, choke each other next to unconscious and then turn around and do it again? For fun... Thus the TAP.
When I go for a submission, especially when I attack the wrist, ankle, or neck, I know when I have it or don't. Now I am not saying everyone has the same restraint or knowledge, but for the most part we all respect one another. We realize this is for fun. This is not life or death. This is a class, this is our TEAM, these are our TEAM MATES and we need each and everyone of them to continue our own Journey.
Man, when I grab a wrist, there are times I feel if I wanted, I could just snap that sucker off. However, I never have. I respect the T.A.P. I know when its enough. Don't fear what you don't know. Train it. Work it. Escape it. Defend it. I know that some techniques are not for everyday training and are not for everyone. But, at Davis Martial Arts,we will at least see the techniques with counters and defenses. There are no secret techniques. Only instructors who fear what they don't train.
I love wrist locks. They suck when there done to me. But, I still love them.
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Davis Martial Arts Academy
I have often wandered how it feels to be WORLD CHAMPION. What does that even mean? What goes along with this accolade? Becoming a Jiujitsu World Champion has always been on my mind. I however have always known there is a cost.
Training Jiujitsu here a Davis Martial Arts in Humble Texas, I get to live a life most dream of on a daily basis. Owner and Head instructor of a Martial Arts Academy. Humble Jiujitsu has been my home for 16 plus years. We have always maintained a high standard of techniques, instruction, and training, so I never felt inferior compared to the competition out there. Becoming a champion has always been on my mind, sometimes more often than not. However, I know the sacrifices it takes in becoming a World Champion in our sport.
At Humble Jiujitsu, becoming a World Champion is not an unrealistic goal to want to reach. But, one needs to ask themselves if that's the path they wish to take. Becoming a champion is more than desire. More than a dream. More than an idea. ITS WORK. Just because you have talent doesn't mean you will become a champion. I have seen a lot of guys with a ton of talent, and no work ethic. Talent only gets you so far. Desire and hardwork, however, can take a person as far as they want to go. But man, the sacrifices.
Sacrifices: Your weekends. Your me time. Your family time. Your party time. Your life becomes engulfed in your desire. Can it be done. Of course. It happens every day to ordinary people like you and me. Maybe not as ordinary as me, but you get my meaning.
Eating, sleeping, dreaming, your dream. Living the life. Pushing when its hot. When its cold. When its raining. When your tired. One more rep. Fighting that desire to quit. Sacrifices!!!!Hard Work!!!!Desire!!!!Determination!!!! Is it in you? Is it in me? That man in the mirror want tell me. What does it tell you?
The dieting. The focus. The countless hours of drills, reps, and training. Competing in as many events as possible to log the mat time. Traveling, missing birthdays, Holidays, parties. Man is it in me? I don't know. And just by saying that, I know its not in me right now. I don't want to just go out and put on a show and be competitive. I want to WIN...
At Davis Martial Arts Academy we want champions. But we realize the reality of life. Not everyone wants that out of their training. Not everyone has the time or desire. At Humble Jiujitsu we focus on technique. We want well rounded martial artists. For those that have the itch, that extra desire, we encourage that as well. We want people to want to train. For whatever reasons or goals. To either be world champion, to lose weight, to get in shape, or to simply better themselves. We tell everyone to train at their own pace. To know your limits. But, to always try and push them. See how far you can go. At Davis Martial Arts we want people to know that the limits they put on themselves, maybe the only ones holding them back.
Becoming a champion in Jiujitsu is for sure a goal of mine. Becoming a Blackbelt World Champion is a dream. I want to one day push myself and achieve this goal and dream. I am confident that with the help of our Team, anyone looking to become a champion has these opportunities here at Davis Martial Arts. Is becoming a champion for you? The only way to know, is start on the path. I can say this, if you start training Jiujitsu, your already a champion in my mind. Doing what most only talk or dream about. JIUJITSU.....
Practice Makes Permanent
Davis Martial Arts Academy
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas