Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Wrist locks may look really cool in Steven Seagal movies, but are they actually effective martial arts techniques both on the street and in competition?

Let’s face it, many of the wrist lock techniques taught in traditional martial arts such as aikido and hapkido will probably not be very effective against a fully resisting opponent, especially someone who knows what they’re doing and wishes to harm you.

That’s where Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) comes into play and helps to make these typically traditional martial arts technique be more practical. BJJ is of course a martial art focusing on using leverage and technique to overcome opponents of all shapes and sizes.

What separates the BJJ application of wrist lock techniques from other martial arts is you find out really quick if they work or not during ‘rolling’ which is essentially grappling sparring with both parties fully resisting as well as trying to win themselves.

In this YouTube video, BJJ wiz Keenan Cornelious shows us the seven ‘deadly’ wrist locks which can be used in competition or in self-defense. As Keenan points out, most of the techniques start with someone grabbing your wrist or your arm so there really is a lot of self-defense potential with these techniques. Perhaps Sensei Seagal was on to something here.

Important to note when watching this video it is recommended that you pick maybe one or two of the techniques Keenan goes over and just focus on learning those. As these are pretty advanced techniques with multiple steps so trying to learn all seven might take some time.


Keenan Kai-James Cornelius is an American Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner known for his competitive achievements, most notably including what has been dubbed a grand slam in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, having won double gold medals at four major tournaments – the World Jiu-Jitsu Championship, Pan-American Championship, European Open Championship, and Brazilian National Jiu-Jitsu Championship – at his given belt rank. [Source: Wiki]

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