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
Owner and head instructor of Davis Martial Arts Academy in Humble Texas