Wrist Lock Nuances

Turning the wrist out is a basic lock that can be used when playing push hands. This lock is so common that it can be found in many styles.

Here is a video shot 5 years ago explaining some nuances to take note of when applying the wrist lock :-

There are a few ways we can apply the wrist lock. In this video I am showing one way of doing it. There are a few things we can learn from doing the wrist lock in this position :-

a) You can expect the opponent to react, perhaps try to hit you when you are trying to apply the wrist lock. So you have to keep your awareness up

b) To play safe you can step into a position whereby the opponent cannot hit you, however, you may not always have the space to move around

c) Your opponent will not allow you to slap a lock on him willingly. You can expect resistance. The question is how to make him lower his guard or delay his reaction long enough for you to sink the lock in

d) Your opponent will try to get out of the lock. You have to foresee this and prevent him from using counter-measures

e) In the event, the opponent tries to hit you what do you do? Do you let the wrist go? Do you hang on? Do you hang on, continue tightening the lock even as you fight back?

f) When you turn your body the way you see me do be aware that your opponent can move behind you, take your back and take you down to the ground. So you have to implement measures to prevent him from doing so otherwise you should step off the line as you do the lock.

An example of a vulnerability – when you turn your body your opponent could just sit back, push your right arm to spin your body off balance and quickly drop to the ground and apply the following technique on you (this is a technique that can be found in Silat) :-

Whatever technique you chose to use don’t just study its strengths. Remember to study its weaknesses also. In this way you can make the technique better.


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