Wrist grab defense and joint locks – 7/1/08 – Tuesday Karate class.

I was going to write a post about Tai Chi for yesterday but it wasn’t much different than the last class.  With Tai Chi, learning new things is much fewer and far between than Karate but I still really like it and am getting more into it now.

Class was really fun tonight!

Sensei Noia had us work on defenses against wrist grabs and joint locks.

Go ahead and grab my wrist… hammer fist defense.

I had my wife as my partner and had he grab my right wrist with her left hand. The idea was to turn my wrist and move my body so that I could pull away from her. The reason for the wrist turn is to allow the smaller part of the wrist to fit through the opening of my opponents hand and to break their grip. Pulling the arm away and using the hips gives more then enough power to be able to break the grip of even larger and stronger opponents. You also want to do the movement very quickly, as soon as someone grabs your wrist because the longer you let them hold your wrist, the harder they are going to try and grip it. The movement to break away resembles the hammer fist from Heian Shodan.

Next, my wife grabbed my left wrist with her left wrist across. The turn of the wrist to break away was the same but instead of doing the hammer fist type movement, to break away from this hold, I did an outward block.

Again, the entire body needs to be used to be sure that these defenses are effective. Someone who wants to hurt you isn’t going to grab your hand and just stand there. They are going try to at least pull you around so using the entire body to break away is key.

Two hand grab…

Sensei had our partner grab one of our wrists with two hands. Breaking away from this grab can require two hands, especially if your opponent is stronger that you. You move much like the hammer fist type movement above but you grab your own hand, that your opponent is holding, with your free hand use the strength of both hands and your body to break free. This puts your opponents wrist, arms and even shoulders in a very uncomfortable position and they either let go or hit the ground.

Time for some joint locks and other fun…

We worked on a few different movements but one of the most memorable was the following. Our partner grabs our left wrist with their right hand. Instead of breaking free, we put our free hand over theirs and we turn their wrist over, the way it shouldn’t bend and either take them down or from that point, break their elbow or do a bunch of other interesting but painful moves.

Give me your finger and I will hurt you…

Another movement to break a wrist attack is using your opponents finger against them. When your opponent grabs your wrist, you bring your hand upward, like at the top of a hammer fist. This puts a little space between your opponents fingers and your wrist so you can grab one or multiple fingers and make them dance. You only need two fingers to bend your opponents fingers backwards to either keep them away from you or break one of their fingers which should take a little of the fight out of them.

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Doug is a Shotokan Karate student that enjoys sharing his Karate training experiences with everyone. He is a Computer Consultant, an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer, blogger and a freelance writer..

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