Wrist Lock Flow

PLEASE NOTE: The wrist lock flow does not form part of the current grading syllabus. It is a training drill only!


The wrist lock flow is a training drill designed to allow the defender to use many different permutations of wrist lock in one sequence and see the effect on an attacker. Attacks are both jodan and chudan.


The wrist lock flow defence sequence contains the following eight combinations:

Attacker: Left gedan barai.

Defender: in yoi


Attacker: Step in, right oi-zuki jodan

Defender: Slide back, Jodan juji-uke #1, take arm to the left, wrist lock #1


Attacker: Step in, left oi-zuki jodan

Defender: Step back, Jodan juji-uke, take arm to the left, wrist lock #2


Attacker: Step in, right oi-zuki jodan

Defender: Slide back, Jodan juji-uke #1, take arm to the right, wrist lock #3


Attacker: Step in, left oi-zuki jodan

Defender: Step back, Jodan juji-uke, take arm to the right, wrist lock #4


Attacker: Step in, right oi-zuki chudan

Defender: Slide back, right gedan shuto block gyaku-hanmi; grab attacker's hand with right hand; left teisho to face to push face away; switch attacker's hand to left hand; spin around and ushiro-mawashi-empi jodan; Spin back around and apply wrist lock #5


Defender: Rotate attacker's hand 180 degrees; take attacker's hand in right hand; spin round and ushiro-mawashi-empi; spin back around and apply wrist lock #6


Defender: Grab attacker's thumb and rotate hand. Apply wrist lock #7


Defender: Unwind attacker's arm into swan neck - wrist lock #8


  • Jodan juji-uke #2 & wrist lock #2

  • Jodan juji-uke #3 & wrist lock #3

  • Jodan juji-uke #4 & wrist lock #4

  • Chudan kaki-shuto (part 1), teisho strike, empi & wrist lock #5

  • Chudan kaki-shuto (part 2), empi & wrist lock #6

  • Under-arm wrist lock (the bouncer's friend) #7

  • Swan neck #8