Figure-four (grappling hold)


Figure-four (grappling hold)

A figure-four is a term used to describe particular grappling holds. The name "figure-four" comes from the positioning of the limbs involved in the hold, which resemble a number "4". A keylock or toe hold can be referred to as a nyfigure-four hold, when it involves a figure-four formation with the legs or arms. If the figure-four involves grabbing the wrists with both hands, it is sometimes called a double wrist lock. A figure-four hold done with the legs around the neck and (usually) arm of an opponent is often called a triangle choke, and is a common submission in mixed martial arts and Brazilian jiu jitsu. Prior to this, this form was in Japanese martial arts, where it is known as Sankaku-Jime.

In amateur wrestling, a figure-four is permitted only around a leg or the opponents head. It is illegal around the body, since it would cause an opponent to lose his breath and thus would constitute a submission hold. In collegiate wrestling and scholastic wrestling, anything like a figure-four lock is permitted around parts of the body so long as the user keeps his ankle below his opposite knee.

External links

* [http://gnarlmaster.tripod.com/gnarlmaster/Doublewristlock.htm The Double Wrist Lock] . Shows extensive use of the figure-four hold.


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Figure-four — The term figure four may refer to: Figure four (grappling hold), a type of grappling hold A descriptor of a professional wrestling hold; most notably the Figure four leglock Figure four pin, a professional wrestling pin Figure Four (Battle Angel… …   Wikipedia

  • Figure Four (Battle Angel Alita) — Infobox animanga character color = #DEDEE2 name = Figure Four series = Battle Angel Alita caption = Figure Four in Battle Angel Alita first = Battle Angel Alita: Angel of Death creator = Yukito Kishiro age = early to late 20s to early 30s… …   Wikipedia

  • Grappling hold — Headlock redirects here. For the Imogen Heap single, see Headlock (song). Grappling hold Two wrestlers clinching. A grappling hold (commonly referred to simply as a hold; in Japanese referred t …   Wikipedia

  • Professional wrestling holds — include a number of set moves and pins used by performers to immobilize their opponents or lead to a submission. This article covers the various pins, stretches and transition holds used in the ring. Moves are listed under general categories… …   Wikipedia

  • Amateur wrestling — is the most widespread form of sport wrestling. There are two international wrestling styles performed in the Olympic Games under the supervision of FILA (Fédération Internationale des Luttes Associées or International Federation of Associated… …   Wikipedia

  • Leglock — A leglock is a joint lock that is directed at joints of the leg such as the ankle, knee or hip joint. A leglock which are directed at joints in the foot is sometimes referred to as a foot lock and a lock at the hip as a hip lock. Leglocks are… …   Wikipedia

  • Armlock — Hammerlock redirects here. For other uses, see Hammerlock (disambiguation). Armlock Armlock shown is a straight arm bar (juji gatame) Classification Joint lock …   Wikipedia

  • Rear naked choke — Taken from Field Manual No. 3 25.150 Combatives Classification Chokehold Parent style Jujutsu …   Wikipedia

  • Professional wrestling — For the Olympic sport, see Wrestling. For other uses, see Professional wrestling (disambiguation). Professional wrestling A professional wrestling match. Two wrestlers grapple in a wrestling ring while a referee (in white, right) looks on …   Wikipedia

  • Savate — For the Olivier Gruner film, see Savate (1995 film). Savate Fouetté kick in savate Also known as French Footfighting, French Boxing, French Kickboxing[1] …   Wikipedia