This particular lesson is focused on “Adaptable Versatility” and tactical choices. It is NOT a lesson on “How To Do Wrist Wraps.”  The biggest obstacle to training effectively, with wrist locks and wrist escapes from a grab, is that it’s easy to forget that the attacker’s intent is not just to grab you – but to then do his next thing to you. It could be to drag you off, grab & hit you, put you in an arm bar, or a host of other things. None of it, any good.This is why reactions must be instant. You must act instantly, as he grabs you, to Snap On Your Wrist Lock! Otherwise be ready to switch (ahead of him) to block, and/or hit,and/or some other tactic. If it fits, you can come back to a wrist lock (the same one or a different one) after the block/hit. But Do Not become vulnerable by “chasing” after a lock that you missed or didn’t get fully secured.

If you miss your wrist lock, your switch must be quick and ahead of your attacker’s reactions! Notice, in the video, the timing of the switch. The slow motion replay makes it easy to see that my strike easily intercepts the grabber’s attempt to punch (OR block). The timing is critical here. You must be first. You must lead, in control. Also Notice: The lack of telegraphing of my strike. The angle I take, rotates off of his attack line, while my attack is to his center line, my knee checks his lead leg, etc. A lot happens all at once! That’s why you need to WATCH THIS SEVERAL TIMES and PRACTICE! Everything!

Remember though, in an all out violent street attack – the wrist lock will become a snapping break, and you may wish to focus on hitting instead. Still, there are those particular moments when locking & breaking opportunities will be so ideal, and so easy to take advantage of, that it’ll be nearly automatic – and actually hard to resist your conditioned reaction!

Only practice these techniques if you are qualified … and then do so slowly with control and precision. Learn the opportunities, what they look like & how they FEEL Avoid the temptation to speed up too soon. Adding speed too soon will only lead to sloppy techniques – and, during a real attack, sloppy technique can get you into some big trouble!