After reading the instructions for this lock, one is likely to ask:
"What's he supposed to be doing while you're doing all this?"
I constantly emphasize one point. First you have to learn how to apply the hold correctly, and you'll never get the proper positions and technique if your partner starts to resist, twist, turn and fight back while you're endeavouring to learn how to apply the lock. So first your partner must co-operate wTith you fully, and stand still. None of this showing off and "What a big boy am I" stuff! This is a serious business and the hold is a deadly hold. If you want your neck broken, just fool around with it once too often. You get wrhat I'm driving at. No horseplay here!
Over ten years ago, when studying this hold I tried to incorporate a "Rolling Lever" mechanism, to give crushing power to the hold. In Arwrology, great strength should not be a prerequisite. If you're a gorilla, you don't exactly need Arwrology. But if you are a wounded soldier or a weakened prisoner, then you need a method of offense and defence which does not rely on strength primarily. That's where Arwrology and this Arwr lock come in.
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THE POSTERIOR ARWR LOCK
A DEATH LOCK
In LEARNING this deadly hold,
(1) Stand behind your opponent, soon to be one of the enemy, you hope.
(2) Reach out your right arm, passing your right hand over his right shoulder.
(3) Place your left hand on top of your right upper arm just above the elbow.
Come in close to his back, with your right arm still held out straight over his right shoulder and your left hand held firmly on top of your right upper arm. Get this nosition snugly so his neck fits air-tight in the angle between your right arm and left wrist.
Your left elbow rests on his left shoulder.
THE POSTERIOR ARWR LOCK
Then bend your right arm across the front of his neck under his chin. Keep your left hand grip on your left upper arm.
Turn slightly to your left so your right hip is closer to him than your left.—Turn sideways! (Beware of Kicks.)
Keeping your left hand firmly on your right upper arm, reach your left elbow up high, and then turning your right palm slightly forward, slide your right hand under your left elbow and forearm AND SLIP IT UP on top of your left arm as far as possible just above the elbow. To do this effectively now bring your elbows close to each other.
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Position of your hands.
Squeeze the lock in snugly about his neck, first with your wrists turned so both your right and left palms face forward, with the little finger edges of both hands up.
Then- rotate your wrists down so your palms face down. Hug your upper arms with your fingers. Then the thumb edge of your right forearm should cut up into the front of his neck, and the little finger edge of your left hand should cut down into the back of his neck. Don't let his chin or the front of his neck get into the space at the angle of your right elbow bend.
The Lock Applied.
Your left hand is kept firmly pressed on top of your right upper arm all during the hold. Your right hand is up through your left elbow bend with fingers pressing down on your left upper arm.
The lock must be clamped so tightly that there is no space at all between his neck and your arms, anywhere!
Pull back your right elbow. Be sure to turn the little finger edge of your right hand down. Arch up your right wrist stiffly. You are trying to cut the thumb edge of your right forearm into the front of his neck. I repeat—don't let the front of his neck get into the bend of your right elbow. There's too much space there.
Force your left wrist forward against the back of his neck, forcing the left side of his neck forward to your right. Be sure to turn the little finger edge of your left hand down. Arch up your left wrist. Force his head forward over your right forearm which you pull back against his neck like a noose.
Try to clamp as much of your right wrist as possible in the bend of your left elbow joint, and as you turn the little finger edge of your right hand down, lever your left forearm forward against the back of his neck, low down.
Arms vary in length, so practise slowly and carefully until you are able to get the lock snugly even if your arms are long or short.
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