Take Down Technique From A Wrist Grab
By Gene Roos
Editor’s Note: Those in karate
might see some similarity in the move demonstrated below to a movement
sequence in Pinan kata number three, which uses a horse stance and similar
You probably have not seen this technique before.
It was new for me too, but necessitated by a physical limitation. One
of my students brought his son to class. His son had a medical condition
(Palsy). His right side had some ability, but not his left. I had to create
techniques that would work with this student’s limitations.
The wrist grab technique shown here worked very effectively for him. You
might find it works for you too.
The attacker’s right hand grabs the inside of the defender’s
The defender rotates his right hand counter clockwise (with his thumb
down and little finger up). With the elbow pointed upward, the defender’s
right hand can then either grab or hook inside the attacker’s right
wrist. At the same time the defender takes a step with his right foot
angling 45 degrees to his left, the raised elbow pressing up across the
opponent’s chest – throwing the opponent down to the rear.
Using this angle of defense, the defender’s right arm becomes “an
Unbendable Arm” -- a locked striking mechanism that is driven by
his body movement.
About The Author:
Prof. Gene Roos, 10th dan Ju Jitsu, and 4th dan in judo,
is a member of the Board of Directors for the America Ju Jitsu Association.
He is a frequent contributor to FightingArts.com. In 1958 he was awarded
Shodan (Judo) and won the Regional Judo Champion. In 1958 & 1959 he
was the Judo State Champion. His instructors include: Harold Brosious
(Ketsugo), Dennis Palumbo (Hakko Ryu Ju Jitsu, 8th Dan), George Kirby,
& Shizuya Sato (Ju Jitsu), Wally Jay (Small Circle Ju Jitsu), Dr.
Sacharnoski (Hard Style Ju Jitsu & Ki) and Master Mochizuki (a student
of Funakoshi, Kano, & Ueshiba). He is also the author of a series
of upcoming books on Aiki jujitsu as well as a number of videos including:
"Aiki Jujitsu" (a three video tapes series with manuals); "Deadly
Attacks" (defense against 30 knife, gun, stick and empty hand attacks);
"Deadly Attacks- part II" (defense against an additional 30
knife, gun and empty hand attacks); "Deadly Attacks III" and
"Devastating Throws and Other Deadly Attacks " (defense against
30 advanced combat throws, knife attacks, stick, and a rear shotgun attack),
For more information see: www.aiki-jujitsu.com