Technique, Theory

The Problem with Wrist Locks

You’re having a friendly roll with a semi-regular training partner.  The roll is competitive but not serious.  Then, your partner slaps on a wrist lock.

Whether or not they successfully catch you, the roll has changed.  You’re playing by prison rules now and now its time to see how much misery you can inflict.  Knee on belly – aiming to submit with pressure?  Definitely.  Get to top of the mount and open your gi for more effective waterboarding?  Yea.  And, for some people, wrist lock them back.

But why do wrist locks elicit such an emotional response?  What about them makes normally mild-mannered people’s vision go red as the blood rage wells up from the previously unnoticed darkness residing inside their heart?

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