Waza Wednesday 2/17/16 – Small Joint Manipulation

Waza Wednesday 2/17/16 – Small Joint Manipulation

January 12, 2020 0 By Peter Engel


For this week’s Waza Wednesday, we’re going
to take a look at some small joint manipulation. I have students ask me all the time, “what
do you do if the opponent’s bigger than you?” “I’m struggling with this wrist lock because
he’s got a big wrist and I can’t twist it, or I’m not strong enough.” And a lot of times,
it’s easier to go for the finger locks, if you are the smaller person in the situation,
and work your way to the bigger joints. Okay, so a lot of times, students will be trying
to work a wrist lock, like this here, and especially if you have a younger or smaller
student, a teen, a female, and she’s struggling to get this lock on somebody who’s, say, 260lbs
and has a huge wrist. A lot of times it’s going to be easier for them to take the fingers.
Now, with a finger lock, the same thing, you want to have a fulcrum point on the joint,
itself, you don’t want to just start twisting these wherever–it’s not super effective.
I want to lock right on the knuckle joint, itself. I want to push the tip of the finger
forward, while pulling onto the joint. Now, important with this, don’t lose the wrist
lock. I can lock both here. Now I have his fingers and wrist locked up, and he’s going
with it a lot easier because of the pain in the fingers. Now, from here, any time you
do a joint lock on somebody, they’re going to try to tense up, resist, fight back. So
if I get this finger lock locked in, from here he’s gonna want to straighten everything
out, so I just do a “down block” motion, and I’m immediately into another lock. Now his
elbow’s straight, so I can attack the elbow at the same time as locking these fingers.
So again, going for the wrist lock. If the person’s too big, it might be easier to start
by attacking the fingers to get that wrist lock. Any time a person straightens the joint,
take the break with it straight. Again, I still have the finger lock, but I can also
break the elbow with
the other hand.