Monday, 8 December 2008

Finger Locks

Joint Locks are dangerous. We all know that. They also hurt like crazy when applied properly. However, the smaller the joint, the bigger the pain. I have no idea why this is and it could be just me, but I have found that smaller joints hurt much more when hyper extended. This is why I think that one of the most painful joint locks has to be the Finger Lock.

Martial artists who practise finger locks will know that once you apply one on your opponent, he/she will basically act like your slave, doing whatever you ask and moving wherever you take them. To get a feel of how painful these techniques are, try curling up your thumb and pushing the top part of it, above your nail, down and away from your hand. Do it slow however because if you get it right the pain is unbearable.

Finger locks are definitely not practised as much as they should be. This is probably due to the fact that because fingers can be damaged so easily (and even ligaments in the wrist and lower arm if applied correctly), hyper extending them is forbidden in most combat sports such as MMA, and grappling tournaments.

There is an argument as to weather finger locks are practical for self defence situations. Some believe that while you may be looking for a finger to bend or twist, concentrating on using maybe both your hands to control the arm/wrist and apply the lock, your opponent will be free to strike you as necessary. Well this is absolutely true. It would leave you in a bad situation if you tried to apply a finger lock when your opponent is trying to strike you, or wrestle you. However as with any technique, you should not try to apply them but only use them if the opportunity is there.

Finger locks work best when grappling rather than striking. If your opponent has wrapped his arms around you or grabbed your wrist etc, you should be able to secure a grip on one or more fingers in order to lock them. From here, your opponent will be putty on your hands leaving you to do what ever you please.

Practise them cautiously and practically. Don’t rely on them always but do keep in mind that if the opportunity is there to apply them they should leave you in a dominant position able to control most situations.

Below is a video of what is known as the “Dance of Pain” performed by Professor Wally Jay. It shows just how painful finger locks can be and how you can control any opponent regardless of there size. Enjoy!


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Anonymous said...

You don't have a clue how these techniques are normally applied: you first hit your opponent a few times in combination with proper footwork (avoiding counterattacks) and then you quickly grasp the hand or other joint and break or lock it hard and fast. Locks aren't for all situations or against any opponent but they have their uses and one of them is diffusing a difficult situation without having to bash his nose in. In any case you don't stand there waiting to get punched: first you hit then you lock, if the lock fails you hit some more or you switch to a different one. Adaptation is the key as in any type of fighting. It's not like martial arts like jiu-jitsu or kinna are for whimps who don't know how to strike (although that may very well be the case in some dojo's) and the mere fact this type of technique has existed for thousands of years should tell you something about their effectiveness and applicability.
All it takes is skill and definately more skill than your standard kicking or punching or the mad rush at someone's legs that is so popular these days. Hence they're clearly not suited to the average joe who doesn't have the patience to learn them properly, nor the skill to properly apply them (raw agression or brute strength won't do the trick), or the wisdom to differentiate between when to use them and when not to use them.

I'd suggest you find a competent jiu-jitsu or kinna teacher, attack him at random and see what happens. Then you will have proof locks do or do not work.

Anonymous said...

You're an idiot. Clearly you've never been in a real fight.

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