Double Post Day: Finger Locks?



Finger locking techniques.  Personally I learned finger locking techniques in a couple of systems.  In my personal opinion they are not useful as a come along technique or temporary control.  In real-time movement my personal belief is that the finger will either break or not and the opponent will escape if it does not break.  So, I do not utilize finger locking techniques for control.  Instead if I get a finger I just break it and move on to a technique of control or immobilization utilizing a large joint or structural control.  To illustrate finger locking techniques please look at the following two videos.

Now the above teachers in the videos I have all the respect in the world for.  The Professor was one of a kind and one of the finest martial practitioners I ever had the chance to train with.  His teachings make up some of what we do in IRT. Wally Jay was a pleasure to train with as well. (though I must admit I only attended a few seminars with him)  Both of these martial practitioner’s were simply awesome.  I just feel that you do not get control from finger locking.  It is not reliable.  It will not work well against an adult fighting for their life nor with anyone on drugs, alcohol, etc.  Not with someone trying to really hurt you.  Finger locking could work on a significantly smaller person, juvenile or someone who is very weak-willed.  However, in combat it has a very, very, very low chance of control in my opinion.  Instead, break the finger, move to a better form of structural control like an armbar, leg destruction, rear naked choke, etc..  That is how I teach in IRT!  If I get your finger it is broken and I am moving on.  Your mileage may differ but this is how we do it in IRT!

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Brian R. VanCise

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1 Response to Double Post Day: Finger Locks?

  1. Tim says:

    The first finger lock I learned was in the early 70s in Jiujutsu, and it was to break a full nelson headlock.

    As my Jiujutsu teacher said at the time, “I don’t care how muscular someone is, their little finger is not that strong and hurts when it gets bent”

    I agree they are great for breaking, but for control I feel you either need use more fingers and an elbow or a wrist

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