Since the start of Mixed Martial Arts competitions around 10 years ago, there has been a large emphasis on grappling in Martial Arts. Grappling is not new to karate, but is new to most karate teachers, as many were taught Physical Education karate, and not the brutal elements found in Okinawan-Te such as joint locks, pressure-point strikes, throws, etc.I believe there to be too much emphasis on grappling, and is taking the emphasis away from what I believe to be the core of Okinawan karate, striking!

I am a big fan of the saying, “Hit first, hit hard, and don’t get hit!”

Joint locks are great to disable someone and bring them to the ground, but striking should be employed first and foremost. Without striking there is no possible way to apply a joint lock.

If a situation arises where someone is going to hurt me or my loved one’s, then I would not worry about grappling, rather I would stick to my core abilities which is to strike, and use the associated footwork, timing, precision and movement. But when it is someone being silly at a party, or a drunk person at a bar, it is not necessary to beat the living snot out of him. This is where joint locks, finger locks, throws, etc are more likely to be effective, and you won’t have to worry about being asked questions from police.

Cheyne McMahon
Senior Instructor
Australian Karate Academy
Phone: 0403 350 339
Email: cheyne@aka.com.au
Website: www.aka.com.au

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6 Responses

  1. Yup!

    What about the application of subduing techniques on an assailant who is drunk or drugged up and intent on doing us real damage? Would you say that in these extreme and dangerous circumstances a lock just may not work and the only way to remove the danger is to knock them out with a head strike?

  2. Yup!

    What about the application of subduing techniques on an assailant who is drunk or drugged up and intent on doing us real damage? Would you say that in these extreme and dangerous circumstances a lock just may not work and the only way to remove the danger is to knock them out with a head strike?

  3. From what I understand, when someone is on ice they don’t feel pain (apparently police can’t subdue someone on ice with capsicum spray, it has to be a taser), so a joint lock wouldn’t be effective i guess. You’d probably need to knock them out cold. ??

  4. From what I understand, when someone is on ice they don’t feel pain (apparently police can’t subdue someone on ice with capsicum spray, it has to be a taser), so a joint lock wouldn’t be effective i guess. You’d probably need to knock them out cold. ??

  5. Yes definitely. Different cicrumstances call for different responses.

    As we have seen from some students, locks don’t work on everyone. Let me just clarify that locks will work on everyone, but some people don’t feel the pain until you break/snap/tear a part of the body. Joint locks are for restraining, but has the potential to break/snap/tear.

  6. Yes definitely. Different cicrumstances call for different responses.

    As we have seen from some students, locks don’t work on everyone. Let me just clarify that locks will work on everyone, but some people don’t feel the pain until you break/snap/tear a part of the body. Joint locks are for restraining, but has the potential to break/snap/tear.

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