Brian Kagen pick: “Wristlock, a bit of a misnomer…,” by Christopher Hein

“The idea of the wristlock is to use these physical devices to control a person. This is done either through pain compliance or by locking the joint directly, linking to the subjects core, and physically controlling him . While many of Aikido’s wrist techniques do have some application in this area; thinking of them simply as wristlocks seriously limits their true potential.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    It doesn’t matter to me if you call it a wrist-lock or a wrist control, or pressure point application, but you must pay attention to what is more effective and what is less effective, as well as to the other stimuli that lets both the people involved in the technique realize what each of them is doing.

    If the two people involved are not in direct contact so that there is not only a physical contact, but some type of center to center contact also so both the physical and mental contact is achieved … it takes more pain to achieve control and break through the mental/physical resistance.

    I don’t get the stupid logic sometimes, as far too often in these modern times … COMMON SENSE HAS LEFT THE BUILDING AND WON’T BE BACK FOR A LONG LONG TIME! (Oh, your wrist lock doesn’t do this, and it doesn’t do that. IT IS A TRAINING TECHNIQUE that opens one up to other aspects of training .. duh!)

    Take a minute .. analyze what parts of the human body are creating pain, telling the brain there is danger, there is injury if the physical and mental compliance is not forthcoming. What nerves are sending these signals? What physical manipulations as well as mental subliminal signals are making these actions more intense or less effective?

    Pay attention to the disruption of both balance as well as the holistic examination of what results are forthcoming for the majority of people when these techniques are applied.

    For you goofy tech-heads, think of it as TEXTING a message.

    Text the right words and you get the response you think you should get, text the wrong words and .. you know .. been there done that, right?

    Let’s bring .. COMMON SENSE .. back into the building.

    The human body is the entity that keeps the brain alive. It takes a certain amount of care and maintenance to do that, as the body sends signals to the brain that travel a highway of nerves and chemical transmissions that are the human body.

    Figure it out, to the best of your ability, how that transmission of information happens, what makes it more effective or less effective … it may not be science, but eventually when enough correct information is decifered .. it just might be science.

  2. …took me a long time to “get” that the special aspect of aikido joint techniques is that they directly affect balance. Pain is secondary. Breaking bones just interrupts the process. Everybody knows where they’re strong. The places and paths of weakness, however, are almost uniquely charted by aikido techniques. too bad it takes so long to understand that because it means that teaching joint techniques is often pretty crude.

  3. steve kwan says:

    I like this article. This article brings wrist techniques into a more in depth perspective, not merely for locking purposes. Sometimes a wrist technique is all it take to take down or throw your opponent, another times a wrist technique is just a tool to use for set-up for something else. In other words, a wrist technique could be a goal(end-product. i.e. a lock ), or could be a tool(to unbalance, to distract, to disarm etc.),so that another technique could be used to finish the job. Adaptations and Resourcefulness are very important to respond to everchanging circumstances. I believe that Aikido is very good to deal with armed attacks (i.e. knife, baseball bat, broken bottle etc.) in which the attack paths are relatively simple, direct, committed and very lethal. Aikido is also very good in training foot works and body movements, and foot works and body movements,plus timing, are crucial in fighting.(proper foot works, body movements, right timings determine relative distances and positions between you and your opponent, and in turn determine whether you get hit or not, you could hit your opponent or not) Last but not least, TRAIN HARD .

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