When it comes to BJJ, there are few things more satisfying than catching your opponent off guard with a sneaky wristlock.
This technique, which involves manipulating your opponent's wrist to create leverage and pressure, can be a highly effective way to gain the upper hand in a match or training session.
The wristlock is a great way to welcome new blue belts into their new rank.
That is because under IBJJF rules, the wristlock is only legal to blue belt above.
However, even if you're already a seasoned blue belt, mastering this move can provide an extra edge when facing off against opponents of all levels.
Not only is the sneaky wristlock a valuable technique to have in your arsenal, it can also be a source of humor and camaraderie among training partners.
Sharing a good banter about the move after a roll can help to build friendships and add a lighthearted element to your training sessions.
If you're interested in learning more about how to execute a sneaky wristlock from bottom side control, then watch the video below.
In the video, I provide a clear and concise demonstration of how to set up your opponent with the wristlock and finish it.
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BJJ Instructional Video: Sneaky Wristlock From Bottom Side Control
Sneaky Wristlock From Bottom Side Control Step-By-Step Guide
Step #1: Release the frame on your opponent’s hip
Release your frame on the opponent's hip first to set up the sneaky wristlock from bottom side control.
This sneaky wristlock relies on your ability to deceive your opponent into a false sense of security.
Having a top side control is already a safe dominant position but your opponent does not like it when you have your arms as frames on his hip and neck.
Therefore, what you need to do first is to release the frame on your opponent's hip and allow him to have the space between your armpit and hip.
This creates the illusion that your opponent is in control and eliminates any potential resistance to the technique.
In this example, as you can see in the image above, I release my left arm frame from my opponent's hip.
By doing so, I create an opening that allows my opponent to dominate the space and feel more secure in their position.
You might be wondering why I release the frame on my opponent's hip.
Well, this is all part of a trap to get the wristlock.
You will understand more by reading further explanations below.
Step #2: Bait for the americana by releasing the frame on the neck
Release the frame on the neck and put your forearm on your opponent's forehead to bait for the americana.
Next, I will even make my opponent feels more comfortable by releasing my frame on his neck.
Not only that, I will position my forearm on his forehead area.
See the image above to see what I do.
This seemingly foolish move is actually part of my plan to bait my opponent into attempting the americana shoulder lock on my right arm.
By positioning my arm in this way, I create an opening that makes the americana shoulder lock seem like an attractive and viable option for my opponent.
This in turn makes it more likely that they will take the bait and attempt the americana.
Step #3: Let your opponent get the americana grip
Let your opponent get the americana grip.
Next, if my opponent takes the bait, I will allow him to secure an americana grip.
However, as my opponent takes the bait and secures the americana grip, I am already one step ahead.
I begin to prepare for my next move, which involves trapping their wrist in a tight hold that sets me up to execute the sneaky wristlock.
Step #4: Catch your opponent’s wrist with your far arm
Use your far arm (in this case, my left arm) to catch my opponent's wrist.
Remember that arm that you used as a frame on your opponent's hip and then released?
To set up the wristlock, I curl the arm that is in the americana grip to fold my opponent's hand.
See the image above for a clear visualization.
Then, I use my far arm to catch their hand and wrist, positioning myself ready to execute the technique.
With these elements in place, I basically have almost everything that I need to do finish my opponent with the sneaky wristlock.
Step #5: Finish the wristlock
The sneaky wristlock finish.
To finish the sneaky wristlock from bottom side control, I use my head to lock my opponent's elbow in place.
This involves attaching the side of my head to their elbow.
Once I have secured his elbow, I pull his folded hand into my head using both of my arms.
This creates immense pressure on his wrist, and if he does not tap, he will have a broken wrist.
Alternative finish: Escape side control and recover guard
The wristlock threat can help you escape side control and recover guard.
The great thing about this technique is that it also helps you to escape from the bottom side control position and recover your guard.
The defense against this wristlock is actually very easy; your opponent just need to posture up.
Nothing is blocking your opponent's hip because he is on top side control, so he can easily posture up any time he wants before the wristlock is fully locked in.
However, by posturing up, your opponent also gives you a lot of space to escape and recover your guard.
This sneaky wristlock is, basically, a win-win solution for the guy on the bottom.
It is either you can get the wristlock submission or you can escape from a bad position into a better one.
To wrap it up....
The sneaky wristlock is a highly effective technique in BJJ that can be used to gain the upper hand in a match or training session.
The move is not only a valuable technique but can also add humor and camaraderie among training partners.
Furthermore, the technique also helps to escape from the bottom side control position and recover guard, making it a win-win solution for the person on the bottom.
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