Arresting Locks and Compliance Holds

Arresting techniques are very different from the usual fighting techniques that you use against an opponent. When you compete or fight for self-defense you and your opponent are on equal footing. However, in arresting, you cannot be in equal to your opponent. You should always be one or two steps ahead in thinking and positioning. You should be able to move in properly before your counterpart figures out what your next move is. By the time your opponent realizes what you are doing, you should already been in control of him.


The knowledge of arresting locks opens up a new insight into the vulnerability of the techniques that your opponent might use. When you know arresting locks, you can take control of the situation no matter what an attacker might throw at you. They also enable you to take immediate control of your attacker’s weapon if necessary and use it against him.

There are three positions that you want to move into to arrest your counterpart: behind him, on the side of him, or take him to the ground while you remain upright. Once you secure one of these positions you should be able to control his joints in various ways so that you don’t lose control over him until you have completely immobilized him.

Arresting locks are effectively applied to both empty handed attackers and armed attackers. Since the arresting locks are geared to manipulating the body into inescapable positions, once you know how to do the techniques properly, you can take complete control of attackers without causing permanent damage.

Here are a few suggestions to enhance your knowledge of locking up your opponent with ease.

Path 1) When your opponent attacks your face with a knife, your primary response can be an initial retreat, then your secondary response is to grab him somewhere. I recommend you to try to control his elbow. This means you need to get close to him whenever possible – the best timing is when he has just finished his attack. Once you get close to him, bring your body to his side and grab his rear shoulder with one hand grabbing his other arm with your other hand. Then pull his shoulder down onto the ground and press his head with your knee on his ear.

Junsado Arresting Lock Sang H. Kim

Path 2) Your opponent is swinging a chair in front of you to keep you away from him-this case must be familiar to you if you are a law enforcement officer. Your primary response should be either you grab the chair and swing him down to the corner, or you retreat initially. If you retreated, the best time for you to get in is when the circular swinging passes by your head. As soon as you get in, grab and pull his rear shoulder with one hand, with the other hand pushing his elbow. Then spin him down on the floor and press his head with your shin.

Path 3) Once you get him down on the ground, you can either lock his arm or head. Remember, in arresting locks, it is better to minimize the size of your motion but to maximize the efficiency of your techniques. Therefore, if you decided to lock his arm or wrist, make the twisting angle sharp (the smaller the angle is, the better the effectiveness is), and put your body closer to him.

If you have an interest in learning arresting lock techniques, the Wrist and Arresting Locks Video contains techniques from the most basic arm locks to advanced techniques such as the rear neck press, the black hole grab, and the cross neck twist. Former special agent Sang H. Kim explains every step of the techniques, performing each in slow motion and at real speed.

Like this article? Learn more about wrist locks, arresting locks and compliance holds. Watch the Wrist and Arresting Locks video now.

What Others say about Wrist and Arresting Locks video by Sang H. Kim:

5.0 out of 5 stars, Generous AND Brilliant! 

By A Viewer

“Master Sang H. Kim… where to begin. Former Special Agent, creator of Junsado…He holds an M.S. and a Ph.D. Voted best instructor throughout Korea, very generous in his teachings. This video includes “Wrist and Arresting Locks” as well as “Combat Strategy”… essentially teaching the viewer how best to counter attack and then apply multitudes of Wristlocks, Arm Bars, and a great deal more, to pinning the assailant.

This video begins with the primary Junsado wrist locks, it is best to start at the beginning, as the video’s fluidity is designed to take each lock to yet higher levels and applications. Master Kim makes it a point to explain quite clearly and eloquently each and every technique, as well as reviewing the techniques repeatedly both in real-time and slow motion ensuring easy learning absorption.

As a Special Forces oriented Martial Arts student and part time instructor, I can tell you that learning these advanced techniques will give you the “upper hand” either in your training environments or really wherever you may be confronted.

Junsado is easy to apply, extraordinarily quick, excruciatingly painful, all making even martially trained attackers at your mercy with just the slightest chance as all the techniques are easily applied… from the clinch to the pin.

This video is also a great resource for Law Enforcement Officers who are interested in easier restraint and control than what typical training provides.”

5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves A 10 Star Rating

By A Customer

“Why it is that someone who agrees this video is Fantastic and yet gives it 4 stars is beyond me.
So many features, so many easy to learn expert techniques… Not to mention you actually get 2 Titles within this edition. Wrist And Arresting Locks AND Combat Strategy. 2 for 1. Regardless…

I’m a relatively small 19 year old 110 pound woman. Someone grabbed me (200 Lbs. easy) last night while I was out with my best friend, and I used one of the techniques, actually only defense #18 because of the way he grabbed me. My attacker never had a chance, and then I used in combination one of the MANY “Walk/Come Alongs” (later demonstrated in great detail) to a more public area where he was taken into custody.

Very well probably saved us from serious harm, and it just came by instinct.

I’m so greatful for this, and I have no martial arts training. That’s how well this video teaches people. I will now buy many more titles by Master Kim. Thank you, Master Kim for sharing your abilities for everyone who really should know how to protect ourselves.”