Only a very few, and simple joint locks have ever existed as part of Taekkyon’s repertoire. These are joint locks to the lower body – (knee & ankle), upper body – (wrist & elbow).
These few joint locks of taekkyon evolved from wrestling hand to hand, and parring an opponent’s kicks, all with circular motions.
Taekkyon is a soft martial art and all taekkyon techniques require circular motions rather than facing one’s opponent’s force head on. Thus joint locks were a natural evolution.
The way taekkyon practitioners continually rotate their arms makes it much easier to apply joint locks than if using a static guard with two hands held up.
For the above reason (circular arms), and also (that there are very few joint locks in taekkyon), learning hapkido joint locks benefits the taekkyon practitioner. Thus at our gymnasium we also teach hapkido joint locks.
For hapkido practitioners, whom have never learnt taekkyon, I suggest that you do. A hapkido practitioner whom learns the rotating arm aspect of taekkyon will be greatly benefited when applying joint locks. This is because rotating arms makes applying joint locks much easier. It also makes the application of joint locks smoother.
The few Taekkyon joint locks that do exist, involve locking of joints, striking of joints, and unbalancing one’s opponent. These are usually applied simultaneously with throwing and wrestling techniques.
These techniques are not dissimilar to those of Hapkido, Jiujitsu, Aikido, AikiJiujitsu, or the modern martial arts of Krav maga and Systema.
Joint locks of Taekkyon, and the martial arts mentioned above, aim to break the joint, unbalance, subdue, and or arrest an opponent.