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2-03 Standing Wrist Grip Counter

Controlling your opponent’s wrist is an important part of the basic arm drag, but you can gain that wrist control without ever having to grab your opponent’s wrist. If, for example, your opponent grabs your wrist, his insistence on maintaining control of your wrist is functionally identical as you having control of his wrist. If you were doing some elaborate counter to his grip, he might let go, but in the case of an arm drag—when you are simply moving his arm a few inches to one side—he is likely to maintain his grip regardless of your intentions, which is what you see in this technique. The beauty of these sort of techniques is that you make your opponent to establish grips because every time he does, you punish him, and you develop a comfort with using methods other than your hands for manipulating your opponent’s limbs.