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Locked Wing by John Durning

(also titled "Locked Wing by a 4th degree black belt adult male against an attacking child")

The Locked Wing attack is not necessarily just the person grabbing your wrist from behind but grabbing your wrist and trying to push it up towards the ceiling. Moreover, while he is doing that he will probably also grab your opposite shoulder with his free hand to give himself some added leverage and also to prevent you from getting away from the wrist grab by simply running forward and swinging right out of the grab.
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Not the most effective Locked Wing attack.
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Escape easily just by running forward.
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Effective attack pushes up on arm while gripping opposite shoulder.
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This prevents the victim from escaping by moving forward.
So, your defense has to first prevent the attacker from hurting you by pushing your arm up. The trick is to tightly press your forearm against your back. If you donít lock your arm against your back then the attacker just needs to lift your arm, but if you do lock it he now has to lift your whole body, which is obviously much harder.
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Your arm moves up easily if it is not locked against your back.
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It is harder to move your arm up if you lock it against your back.
You donít need to lock your hand against your back for very longójust long enough to move on to counter-attack. So, first, as you press your forearm against your back, counter-grab his wristójust a little grab is enough.

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Counter-grab his hand.

Next, your defense has to deal with the other hand that has grabbed onto your shoulder. So, as you step back into a forward bow with your left foot, right between his legs, your left hand should punch straight out (forward). That punch breaks the grip. (If his legs are in the way when you step back, just drive them with your heel.)

If you step back without punching forward, he can just push you forward with his left hand (holding your shoulder), and take you down.

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Without the punch to break the grip, he can just push you down.
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With the punch, you break the grip.
Now from there, pivot and elbow him in the head (with your left arm), while at the same time solidifying your counter-grab on his hand. The purpose of the elbow is to knock him off balance. Maybe you knock him out or down with thatógreatóbut the technique assumes that you have not yet done so. So, you just need to get him off balance. Then continue your movement, ripping through his face with a claw, and come around to hook his arm. Lock that hook into your side to give yourself more leverage and stability.

The rest of the work is all going to be done with your lower body. Pivot to a forward bow stance, forcing him around and to the ground. Remember, the elbow to the head took him off balance so the pivot is easier. You take him back and then quickly (before he recovers his balance) forward, keeping your hook around his arm locked tightly to your side.

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Elbow his head to take him off balance.
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Claw him as you come around to hook his arm.
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Lock the hook into your side for more stability.
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Pivot to a forward bow, taking him down.
From there, step back (with your right foot) to a left forward bow. (Donít pivot to a neutralóthatís wasted motion.) Free your (right) hand and then do a knife hand or hammer to the neck while simultaneously kneeing him in the face (with your right foot). The two movements (hammer and knee) should start offset from each other. (Your hammer has to travel ĺ of the circle but your knee only ľ of it so your hammer has to start moving first.) Also, although they strike at the same time, they should strike physically offset from one another. Sometimes when we train in the air we hit our own thigh with our hammer (not offset) but this is not correct because that would align our hammer to hit him in the back of the head (hard skull). Rather, we want our knife hand or hammer a few inches lower (inside) so that it hits the back of his neck, which is much more effective.

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Step directly back into a forward bow.

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Knife or hammer his neck while you knee his face.
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Don't hammer directly down to your knee, like this.
From there you can cross out backwards. Or, you can continue out in the same direction that you were already moving by planting forward with the foot that just kneed him (the right one) and then continuing forward, holding his head down with your hand and following through with an additional knee strike from your left leg. Then go right into your (forward) cross out.

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Either cover out backwards

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or move forward, kneeing him one more time
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and then continue forward into your cross out.

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