Thread: Wrist Control
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:27 PM   #6
Basia Halliop
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 711
Re: Wrist Control

From the way you word the question, it sounds like you don't do aikido yourself? It's a lot easier to understand by having someone do it to you...

There are a lot of different techniques you might be talking about, but in general at least as far as I understand it so far, the most basic description I can think of of the mechanics of what you seem to be describing is usually using the arm as a lever to move the person's body, where the twisting you see is a way of locking the joints between the hand and the torso so you can create a lever arm through which to move the body and take the person off balance. Sometimes there is also pain through the force on the joints or on a pressure point, but from what I've been taught it's usually secondary.

That's pretty oversimplified (and missing out on a lot of what's going on) and coming from a relative beginner, so take it for what it's worth....
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