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[Dark Arts] Is teaching wristlocks in BJJ okay?

What exactly is a wristlock?

A wristlock is a type of joint lock that involves hyper flexing or hyperextending the wrist. This can cause pain and even dislocation if the hold is applied with enough force. Wristlocks are typically used as submission holds in BJJ, but they can also be used for self-defense purposes.

There are many different ways to execute a wristlock, but the most common involve grabbing the opponent's wrist and twisting it in an unnatural direction. This can be done with one hand or two, depending on the position and the preference of the person applying the hold.

Wristlocks can also be applied from a standing position, but they are most commonly used when both fighters are on the ground. This is because it can be difficult to generate enough force to hyperflex or hyperextend the wrist when both fighters are standing.

In this article we look at it from the view of a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner.

Wristlocks can be used against opponents of any size, but they are most effective against larger opponents. You know this if you have ever tried to armbar a power lifter with less experience. Wristlocks are again, more practical against larger opponents. This is because larger opponents often have more muscle mass in their arms and shoulders, which makes it harder for them to resist the hold.

When and why, you should teach wristlocks in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Wristlocks are now a common submission hold in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They may be illegal in some BJJ competitions. As a result, many BJJ schools may not teach wristlocks to their students until they reach a higher level if ever.

There are several reasons why you might want to teach wristlocks to your students, even if they are only white belts. First, wristlocks can be very effective submissions, especially when used in combination with other techniques. Second, wristlocks can help your students to develop a better understanding of leverage and body mechanics. And finally, some students may find wristlocks to be particularly interesting or enjoyable to learn.

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There are risks associated with teaching wristlocks

Of course, there are also some risks associated with teaching wristlocks to white belts. One is that they may not have the strength or skill to execute the technique properly, which could lead to injury. Another is that they may use the technique in a sparring match before they are ready, which could cause problems if their opponent is not expecting it. We need to teach control when executing techniques like this. There is a similar debate about teaching heel hooks or leg attacks to beginners.

As with all techniques, it is important to weigh the risks and benefits before deciding whether or not to teach wristlocks to your students. If you do decide to teach them, be sure to provide clear and concise instruction, and make sure your students are aware of the risks involved.

Why do people get pissed off when they are wrist locked in BJJ?

There are a few reasons why people might get angry when they are wrist locked in BJJ. First, wristlocks can be very painful, especially if they are applied with enough force. They can also cause injury and prevent someone from training or even worse, going to work.

Wrist locks can be very effective in BJJ, however, they can also be quite controversial. Some people feel that they are too dangerous and can cause serious injury, while others believe that they are a legitimate part of the game. Whether or not you think wrist locks are a good thing, it's important to be aware of the potential risks involved before using them in BJJ.

In my personal opinion, wristlock the world (or at least your opponent in BJJ) Matthew Tropp – BJJ Report

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01. jun. 2022

Wrist lock the World brothers


31. mai 2022

The twisting wristlock is the best one for law enforcement purposes (

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