High-level grapplers have enough skill to resist being put into a joint lock, but it’s possible with perfect form. Do not allow them any wiggle room or slack to move. They will maneuver out of your joint lock. If your technique is sloppy, an elite opponent will escape. You can increase the success of your lock by applying additional techniques at the same time as your lock lands. By adding layers, and increasing complexity, your opponent will have to deal with multiple actions simultaneously
- A joint lock is a positional grappling technique that can be very effective in controlling your opponents movement.
- A sloppy joint lock can be broken, and the technique should be perfected to maintain control.
- Joint locks are difficult to apply against higher-skilled opponents. They have many techniques to resist application.
“They do everything they can to stop you from getting the submission in the first place.”