“Joint locking is much more than aligning an opponent’s arm into a secure lock, it is the understanding of the basic skeletal and muscle structure behind the lock itself. It takes patience and fortitude to train and develop a clear understanding of joint locking.” -Arlo Welty
The Art of Joint Locking is a diverse collection of Hapkido joint locks targeting the major joints of the human body. In addition to demonstrating a wide variety of practical, effective locking techniques, Author Arlo Welty teaches you simple joint lock defenses to escape common locks, key wrist stretches and the correct use of footwork.
He also explains and illustrates the United States Hapkido Federation’s Twenty Directions of Response, the underlying principles for the locks taught in this book. Learn how to efficiently apply joint locks from the same side or cross grip positions, using the same hand as your opponent or switching hands. This incredibly versatile system is an essential component of mastering Hapkido joint locks.
Finally, put your skills together to practice joint lock flows and weapon flows, combinations that naturally flow from one lock to another until you’ve secured a crippling hold on your assailant.
“This book acts as that learning matrix. It provides the reader an opportunity to see our system of joint locks in such a way that it is easy to organize, but not so limiting so that it hampers a student’s learning process and unique personal style. It provides a clear, concise perspective on the joint-locks that are part and parcel to the United States Hapkido Federation’s curriculum.”
President of the United States Hapkido Federation
Includes locks that target an assailant’s:
Arlo Welty is a 4th degree black belt and instructor of Hapkido. He is also Secretary of the Board of Examiners for the United States Hapkido Federation and an instructor for the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University.