Female Wrestlers, Up Your Game, Learn Joint Locks, Better To Give Than Receive

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March 28, 2022,

It looks like it hurts because it does hurt.

Very badly.

So bad, that once applied properly, the opposing wrestler involved will sooner than later, tap out.

That is the power of the Joint Lock.

A joint lock is a grappling technique involving manipulation of an opponent’s joints in such a way that the joints reach their maximal degree of motion and hyperextension.

In Judo, these are referred to as, “joint locking technique” which literally means “catching and locking”.

Joint locks typically involve isolating a particular joint, levering it in an attempt to force the joint to move past its normal range of motion.

Joint locks are commonly featured in all forms of grappling, whether it be in martial arts, self-defense, combat sport or hand to hand combat application.

Common martial arts featuring joint locks include Aikido, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Catch Wrestling, Eskrima, shoot wrestling and ground fighting in MMA.

It is something to be learned carefully and extensively. Why?

Joint locks generate varying degrees of pain in the joints and, if applied forcefully and/or suddenly, may cause injury, such as muscle, tendon and ligament damage and even dislocation or bone fracture.

This is why, in part, once two competitive female submission wrestlers are to compete, certain joint locks are not included.

Having said that, often times many are and it is better to give, than receive. Absolutely.

Perhaps reading a book about Joint Locks, can help you find the balance in applying them without hurting your opponent and how to escape when they are applied to you.

The Art of Joint Locking Paperback – March 1, 2013

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By Arlo Welty (Author)

“The Art of Joint Locking is a diverse collection of Hapkido joint locks targeting the major joints of the human body. In addition to demonstrating a wide variety of practical, effective locking techniques, Author Arlo Welty teaches you simple joint lock defenses to escape common locks, key wrist stretches and the correct use of footwork.

He also explains and illustrates the United States Hapkido Federation’s Twenty Directions of Response, the underlying principles for the locks taught in this book. Learn how to efficiently apply joint locks from the same side or cross grip positions, using the same hand as your opponent or switching hands. This incredibly versatile system is an essential component of mastering Hapkido joint locks.

Finally, put your skills together to practice joint lock flows and weapon flows, combinations that naturally flow from one lock to another until you’ve secured a crippling hold on your assailant.”

There you have it. Very good to know.

We have viewed hundreds of videos over the years and in the match where Joint Locks are allowed, the female wrestler who has learned them well has a huge advantage over those who have not.


You should learn how to apply Joint Locks.

For another point of view, we have a visiting writer with some effective suggestions.

Three Keys To Joint Lock Success

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By Alain Burrese

Many people engage in the debate of whether joint locks work in real life situations. I find it a waste of time to engage in flame wars on the Internet with people you don’t even know. I know joint locks work, I’ve used them. I’ve also been in altercations and fights where I didn’t even think of using joint locks, but resorted to other techniques such as striking, kicking, kneeing, and anything else that kept me from being harmed until I could disengage from the fight. And yes, that sometimes meant me up, him down and hurt, and me getting out of the area as fast as I could. However, that does not negate the fact that joint locks are valid and useful techniques for certain circumstances. I’ve used them successfully to escort people outside when working security, and I’ve used them for other situations that did not warrant knocking a person’s head off with a strike or smashing a knee cap with a kick. I also must point out that I like joint locks, and that is one of the reasons Hapkido is my primary art and that I teach many locks through seminars and DVDs, as well as other Hapkido techniques and self-defense principles. I enjoy learning how the body works, and how to execute locks in the most efficient manner, using my strengths against an opponent’s weaknesses. Here are three keys I’ve found to assist you with making joint locks work.


If a person knows what you are going to do, it is much easier to defend against. If I tell you I’m going to execute a wrist lock, you will pull your hand away and not let me apply the lock. I’m certainly not going to verbally tell a person what I’m going to do, but many people “tell” their opponent just that by telegraphing their techniques. Therefore, it is important to not let your opponent know what you are up to until it is too late. Once a lock is locked on correctly, there is often little a person can do to get loose. So don’t let them defeat your technique in its early stages, surprise them with it.


Part of surprise is found in speed. You must be able to quickly execute a locking technique. If you perform it slowly, the person will figure out what you are doing and may be able to pull the limb you are trying to lock from your grasp before the lock is locked on properly. If you are moving too slow, your opponent may be able to execute his technique against you before the lock is locked on. If his technique happens to be a palm heel to your face, you may be standing there with watering eyes and a broken nose wondering why your lock failed. It may not be that the lock failed, but you failed to execute it before getting smashed in the face.

Proper Technique

You can be fast and catch your opponent by surprise and still have a lock fail if you don’t execute it correctly with proper technique. Locks require correct angles and specific application to maximize their effectiveness. If your angle is off, if you are not applying pressure in the correct place or in the proper manner, or if you are not using your body weight and motion to enhance the effectiveness of your technique, your lock may fail. I encourage everyone to analyze techniques and why they work, as well as body motion and weight transfer to ensure the economy of motion and correct application of technique is performed.

It is extremely important to combine all the proper ingredients when executing joint locks. This is why I spend time teaching these concepts, and emphasize them, sometimes repetitively, to everyone I instruct. Joint locks work in certain situations. You won’t force a technique, but rather use it when the opportunity arises. By learning, practicing, and understanding locks to the point you can execute them with surprise, speed, and proper technique, you’ll have additional tools in your tool box for those situations when locking a person up is the best choice of action.

Alain Burrese, J.D. is a writer, speaker, and mediator who teaches how to live, take action, and get things done through the Warrior’s Edge. He is an expert on conflict and mediates and teaches conflict resolution and negotiation. Alain combines his military, martial art, and Asian experiences with his business, law, and conflict resolution education into a powerful way of living with balance, honor, and integrity. He teaches how to use the Warrior’s Edge to Take Action and Achieve Remarkable Results, as well as resolve conflict and negotiate. Additionally, he teaches physical conflict skills in his Hapkido and Self-Defense courses, lectures, and seminars. Alain is the author of Hard-Won Wisdom From The School Of Hard Knocks, the DVDs Hapkido Hoshinsul, Streetfighting Essentials, Hapkido Cane, the Lock On Joint Locking series, and numerous articles and reviews. You can read more articles and reviews and see clips of his DVDs as well as much more at www.burrese.com and http://www.yourwarriorsedge.com

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