Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS -

An ef­fec­tive com­pres­sion lock hinges on your abil­ity to ex­e­cute seven points cor­rectly. Seven of them are crit­i­cal. They build on each other, so it’s best to learn them in or­der. 1) Op­por­tu­nity Presents It­self: You must make the limb avail­able to at­tack. In the case of the bi­ceps slicer and leg slicer, that limb must first be bent. For the Achilles lock, you’ll need to have your op­po­nent’s foot float­ing near your ribs to make se­cur­ing the leg eas­ier.

2) Thin Part Goes in First: When you’re in­sert­ing a limb for a bi­ceps slicer or leg slicer, make sure you place the thinnest part of that limb near the flexed joint. That will en­able you to eas­ily tighten the lock by ro­tat­ing and then pulling said limb. For the Achilles lock, po­si­tion the bony part of your wrist on the Achilles ten­don, not your meaty fore­arm. 3) Make the At­tack Per­pen­dic­u­lar: For max­i­mum ef­fec­tive­ness in all these com­pres­sion locks, en­sure that your in­serted limb is ori­ented at 90 de­grees to the limb you’re at­tack­ing.

4) Con­trol the Lock: Be­cause your op­po­nent will be re­sist­ing, you’ll need to main­tain a solid grip on the flexed limb as you ex­e­cute the bi­ceps slicer and leg slicer. For the Achilles lock, con­cen­trate on us­ing your legs to con­trol your op­po­nent’s leg by pinch­ing them to­gether. That will min­i­mize thrash­ing.

5) Work at the End: For the bi­ceps slicer and leg slicer, com­press the mus­cle at the end of the limb for max­i­mum ef­fec­tive­ness. For the Achilles lock, po­si­tion your fore­arm at the end of your op­po­nent’s an­kle (low on the leg). That will en­able you to at­tack the Achilles ten­don in­stead of the calf mus­cle.

6) Not Tight Is Not Right: For all three locks, try to elim­i­nate gaps. Get your body in tight. There should be no empty spa­ces be­tween your at­tack­ing limb and your op­po­nent’s at­tacked limb. 7) Use Your En­tire Body: Think “body uni­fi­ca­tion” when ap­ply­ing any of these com­pres­sion locks. For the bi­ceps slicer and leg slicer, add a ro­ta­tion and pull to achieve a su­pe­rior lock. For the Achilles, ro­tate your wrist slightly to dig your ra­dius bone into the ten­don. If your right wrist is on the ten­don, ro­tate your wrist slightly clock­wise. For all the tech­niques, use your whole body, espe­cially your bridging hips, for max­i­mum power.

The au­thor starts on the bot­tom with his feet on his ad­ver­sary’s hips and his hands con­trol­ling his arms (1). He re­po­si­tions his left leg so he can insert it in front of the man’s torso and un­der his right arm (2). Note how he’s im­mo­bi­lized his foe’s...

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