Handlocks for Hard Stylists

Checkout a previous post on the subject at: Taekwondo v Aikido

Unlike Aikido practitioners, hard stylists like taekwondo practitioners don't really get handlocks. Sure many may go through the motions, but at the end of the day the technique is usually sent packing and the joint in question is muscled into submission.

We don't practice Aikido. So while there is room to improve, we'll just have to take it like a man ... and put up with our skill in joint manipulation. In my curriculum, locks and throws serve primarily to complement multi-person sparring. You take the person down and place them between yourself and the opponent. So whatever arm is offered or available, the lock you place has to be used to hold the opponent between yourself and his girlfriend.

Of course joint locks can be used to immobilise a single opponent, but that's something else.

Last two weekends, we've taken advantage of the break after grading to practice joint locks and throws. To complement the signficantly aikido session, I also taught a few gap closing skills. This allowed us to surge into the opponent, trap one or two of his hands whilst striking to the face, and then putting on the handlock. Trapping the hand is as simple as placing an open palm on top of his forearm, pressing it into his chest.

Lots of this surge allowed a forward pressure on the lead hand of the opponent. This results in the opponent *immediately* pushing back ... which is the basis for you to use one of your hands to grab and separate his arm from the rest of the body. Another related method is to trap one hand, smack his head, and then go for the opposite hand.

Or else you trap the hand, smack the head, and then go for the neck ... ala Yul-kok.

Or if you're inspired by Basai ... you trap the hand, then go for the legs.

But practice surging in and using both hands to occupy the opponent before applying the lock or the throw. As I've said before, simple stuff works best... so vary it and practice!



Colin Wee
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