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.
This is not dissimilar to some wrestling disciplines, where a few limited number of joint locks have developed over time.
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.
The few Taekkyon joint locks that do exist, involve locking of joints, striking of joints, and unbalancing one’s opponent. These are usually applied when blocking kicks, & wrestling an opponent.
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