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Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 1: Wrist Locks

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"These techniques are, indeed, powerful tools and should be practiced carefully with a partner. They are intended for close, confrontational situations, which are usually the real-life situations where defense is needed. Nothing fancy here. Just straightforward techniques that work. I've used some of them before to stop more escalated fight situations, so I know they work. Alain Burrese presents them with the clarity that most instructors cannot."

Joint locks can be some of the most difficult techniques to learn and master. That is until now. The Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials series is a comprehensive guide to joint locks and one of the most complete programs available for practical joint locking information. In this original Aiki Productions DVD series, Hapkido and Self-defense instructor Alain Burrese presents detailed instruction on the mechanics of each lock, proper execution, and various applications to enable the viewer to learn the essentials of applying joint locks in any situation. This program is a must for every serious student of martial arts and self-defense. Volume 1: Wrist Locks includes detailed instruction on a variety of wrist locks, including: an explanation of the wrist, outer wrist lock, inner wrist lock, reverse handshake, S locks, faucet locks, and more. If you want to take your joint locking ability to the next level, you must have Lock On: Joint Locking Essentials Volume 1: Wrist Locks. Alain Burrese's martial art and self-defense career started in 1982, and includes living and training in South Korea where he continues to return and train on a regular basis. He teaches Self-defense, Safety, and Martial Art programs around the country and his previous works include Hard-Won Wisdom From the School of Hard Knocks, Hapkido Hoshinsul, and Streetfighting Essentials. Easy access menu.

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  • Writers: Alain Burrese
  • Producers: Aiki Productions
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Aiki Productions
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N2HB6Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Loren W. Christensen VINE VOICE on July 3, 2010
I'm a real fan of joint locks. I used them on the street as a cop for 25 years and I have taught them for over 45 years as a martial arts instructor. To those who say that joint locks don't work on the street, I say: Apparently yours don't, but mine have and I know that Alan Burrese's do, too.

Alan teaches and demonstrates each of his techniques in a clear and understandable way. There is no wasted verbiage and no wasted time as he carefully outlines not only how to do the techniques but explains why they hurt. In some, he shows how easy it would be to break the joint.

I knew many of the techniques Alan shows. With those I did know, I learned new nuances that made the familiar technique hurt even more. The ones I didn't know, Alan explained the steps so well that I was able to stand up and apply the move perfectly the first time. That's how well-taught these techniques are.

I highly recommend this DVD to add some new twists to techniques that might be familiar to you and to learn new ones that will have a street attacker kissing the concrete.

Loren W. Christensen, 8th dan, author of many martial arts books.
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OK, all of us have done it! We've purchased DVDs that seem to offer clear insight and instruction regarding specific techniques used in our forms of martial arts. Yet, how many of us have been disappointed to find that the not-so-clear presentations have been poorly illustrated and sequenced?

Alain Burrese brings to this DVD an entirely different style of presentation that allows the viewer to see (almost feel) the techniques being illustrated. Burrese presents his selection of joint locks within the framework of grounded martial arts practices, so the techniques are never simply isolated movements. Yet, his presentation also allows one to see the details of hand placement, footwork, body positioning, etc. that provide the real power for the execution of these techniques.

Burrese has a strong sense of presence in front of the camera, and this dramatically improves the quality of his instruction. Not only are the wrist locks clearly explained and illustrated, but they are also reinforced by Burrese's teaching style, which always includes a summary of what he presents. The camera moves in for close details of each technique after showing the viewer an overall view. Consequently, Burrese never forgets to emphasize that the techniques are rooted firmed in martial arts practices. Yet, Burrese goes further by showing the extreme power of each technique, something that many instructors in dojos are not willing to demonstrate.

These techniques are, indeed, powerful tools and should be practiced carefully with a partner. They are intended for close, confrontational situations, which are usually the real-life situations where defense is needed. Nothing fancy here. Just straightforward techniques that work.
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With so many martial arts videos and resources out there, the bar has been set pretty high for new material. Alain Burrese sets the standard even higher. This first "Lock On" DVD is a good example of providing a lot of material in a quality manner at a fair price. The DVD runs 87 minutes of solid content.

The "Lock On" project is a very ambitious one. It seems to be designed to focus on Hapkido joint locks without having to get too deep into the striking aspect, the footwork aspect, falls, breathing, finishes and so on. Granted, there has to be some of this to make the locks work out of "isolation" but the 1st video sets a good model.

The DVD is arranged clearly into several chapters, making it very easy to reference and skip around. It starts with a nice exploration of the wrist and some great insight on why wrist locks work the way they do. From there are sections on various locks, including the outer wrist lock, inner wrist lock, overhand outer wrist lock, reverse handshake, standing center lock, s-lock, and the faucet lock.

In each section the lock is explored in a general static sense, with attention paid to the mechanics, then it's shown more dynamically in a variety of situations (like lapel grab, same side wrist grab, etc) with several variations depending on footwork and attacker's intent. Key elements such as footwork, posture, and even finishes are explored to a degree necessary for the technique but not to distraction.

Most of the variations are the old tried and true ones but there were some original ones I really liked as well. There are a few variations I didn't personally care for, such as the jumping locks and the deep crouches, but the mechanics were interesting to see even then.
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I am into BJJ and was looking for wrist locks I could use while grappling. There wasn't much here for me. He goes into detail about executing wrist locks in a variety of situations and I appreciated his clear presentation. On one point I have to disagree. He demonstrates wrist locks on someone trying to punch you. The idea of catching a punch is just not realistic. Unless the guy is super drunk you are likely to get flattened trying the lock.
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