Gooseneck Wrist Lock

Gooseneck wrist lock
Basic gooseneck wrist lock
Gooseneck wrist lock

Basic gooseneck wrist lock. I do it just like this, except that I place the fingers of the far hand on top so the other guy can’t reach across and peel them back.

In Hapkido class we’ve been focusing on the gooseneck wrist lock the last few weeks. Here are some of the variations of the lock we have covered. The “book” referred to is Marc Tedeschi’s book, “Hapkido”:

Gooseneck lock variations and applications, Wael’s class

From an Escort Grab (gripping wrist and elbow)

  • From a standard escort arm grab (not in book) – strike triceps with your biceps to disrupt balance, chop, lock. Thumb can be inserted inside the wrist joint to worsen the pain. Plant elbow against sternum, maintain arm at 45 degree angle. Cover with far hand so fingers cannot be attacked.
  • Reverse gooseneck from standard escort arm grab (not in book) – strike back of shoulder with palm to disrupt balance, turn hand palm up, switch hands, collapse arm, lock, cover fingers and intensify.
  • Ari Bolden of Submissions 101 demonstrating a gooseneck lock

    Ari Bolden of Submissions 101 demonstrating a gooseneck lock.

    Escort variation by Ari Bolden of Submissions 101:  Gooseneck against resisting opponent, switch to elevated wrist lock, then hammer lock, circle neck and walk him out (see his two gooseneck videos here and here).

  • Escort variation by Wael:  Gooseneck against resisting opponent, switch to bent-arm wrist lock, then side wrist lock.

From Hapkido book:

  • Against wrist grab, p. 609 (also note that any wrist grab technique can also be used against a punch):
    • Variation one: perform outside escape to free hand, chop into inner elbow to bend arm.
    • Variation two: grab attacker’s wrist from underneath, chop into inner elbow with ridge hand. Variation one has a faster entry, but variation two gets the lock in faster.
  • Throw by dropping to inside knee.
  • As a counter to an inverted arm bar counter (attacker tries to bend his arm as lock is applied) – see notes p. 609.
  • As a counter to an elevated wrist lock counter, p. 621 – (attacker tries to counter-rotate hand and straighten arm).
  • Gooseneck hammer lock (one handed hold) – transition from bent-wrist hammer lock, p. 612. Finish with rear lapel choke.
  • Gooseneck hammer lock transition from elevated wrist lock – (see elevated wrist lock defense against two-handed grab to the shoulders from behind, p. 687). Very similar to the palm hammer lock transition from an elevated wrist lock.
  • Against two people grabbing wrists, p. 875.


  • Defense against gooseneck: shoulder lock or shoulder throw (not in book).


  • Upside-down or reverse gooseneck from an osai or any type of arm bar.
  • Standard gooseneck as a pin when attacker is on his stomach.
Sang H. Kim performing one of his gooseneck locks

Sang H. Kim performing one of his characteristic gooseneck locks.

Sang H Kim (I’ve watched all of his gooseneck videos and picked the variations I feel are most effective – see one of his videos here):

  • Step-in-gooseneck and pin.
  • Inside-lift shoulder lock, reversal to arm bar.
  • Arm bar reversal to inside-lift shoulder lock and throw, then manipulate arm to hammer lock.
  • Inside-lift shoulder lock push, then pull to a takedown.

1 Comment

  1. Since I wrote this, I’ve abandoned the term “escort lock” in favor of “come-along”, since I’ve gotten tired of escort jokes.

    I’ve been watching Alain Burrese’s “Restraint, Control and Come-Along Techniques” DVD and he’s got an interesting variation of the gooseneck where he splits the fingers to make counters more difficult, or just make the technique more painful.

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