After a warming up with stick-on-stick and then angles of evasion we moved onto blade work, where we explored various wrist-lock disarms. You will note that I have generally stayed away from wrist-locks in the traditional sense. I believe they have pragmatic purpose, a definite place in the history of unarmed combat and learning them can help improve small-joint manipulations in self-defence. However, for the most part, they are difficult to learn and apply under pressure compared to “larger” gross motor skill grappling techniques. This is why it has taken until now for me to start covering this area. Many martial arts, including Filipino ones and especially the Shodokan school of Aikido, uses wrist locks a lot when disarming enemies with blades. My view is that controlling of an enemy’s wrists in order to facilitate a lock or throw – or anything beyond simply seizing or holding the wrist – are incidental or accidental opportunities within a combative situation. We covered four basic wrist locks to disarm, using a very close quarter knife threat scenario and as an add-on to a two-on-one restraining hold.