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DVD: Joint Locks by Rory Miller

Joint Locks

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Run Time: 60min

Number of discs: 1

Narration: English

Region Encoding: All Regions

Code: D2627

ISBN: 9781594392627

Release Date: FEBRUARY 2014

Skill Level: Skill level 1 recomended Skill Level 2 Skill Level 3

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Learn to Improvise Joint Locks Under Pressure

Joint locks are widely regarded as one of the most versatile physical tools-- they can move, immobilize, submit or severely injure a threat.  They are also justifiably regarded as one of the more difficult of martial arts skills to implement in real life.  

In this video, Rory Miller makes the case that the problem is not with the locks themselves, but with our teaching methods.  A principles-based approach allows relative beginners to improvise joint locks with one hour of training, something that many traditional approaches have failed to do with hundreds of hours.

Joint locks are NOT primary self-defense techniques.  If you are in a position that requires self-defense you are justified in and likely need a higher level of force.  However, if your job requires controlling violent people with minimal injury you must be good at joint locks and you must be able to improvise them under pressure.

DVD Chapters:

  • Intro
  • Principles
  • Hinge Joints
  • Ball and Socket Joints
  • Gliding Joints
  • Fingers
  • Principles Review
  • Lock Flow Drill
  • Escaping Locks
  • Conclusion

Rory Miller

Rory Miller has served for seventeen years in corrections as an officer and sergeant working maximum security, booking and mental health; leading a tactical team; and teaching subjects ranging from Defensive Tactics and Use of Force to First Aid and Crisis Communications with the Mentally Ill.


George E. Mattson, Uechi-ryu Instructor
“Wonderfully simplified techniques and teaching methods for a formally complex subject.”

Barry Eisler, best selling author and former CIA
“I know Rory both from his books and from training with him, and he’s one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. When people ask me how I get the violence in my novels right, I point them to Rory. And when people ask where they can efficiently learn reality-based self-defense, I point them to Rory. This is a guy who’s learned most of what he knows the hard way, and with a rare ability to communicate to novices so that they can quickly make practical use of it. I took his joint-locks class and I’m glad it’s now available to anyone via DVD. If you’re interested in practical self defense, this will be well worth your time.”

Marc MacYoung, nononsenseselfdefense.com
“In one hour, I have watched Rory Miller teach a room full of police more about live-fire application of locks and control techniques than they learned in the academy. Most significant is they learned more in that hour than they had in years of attempting to apply them in the streets against resisting suspects. In being these officers uke, I can testify how the officers transformed. They went from clumsy, easily-countered attempts to control me, to me kissing the carpet and 'not able to resist' in an incredibly short time. The reason for this is Rory's ability to strip away the complication and show you the core mechanics that make joint locks and controls work. With this knowledge, you'll be able to apply techniques on the fly. More importantly you'll be able to adapt when circumstances change and still achieve your goal.”

Brent Yamamoto, Karate black belt 5th dan, Suarez International Instructor
“Rory's instruction is very approachable, both to the beginner as well as to the professional distributor of violence. He has a rare gift: turning the impossible problem into something manageable...without oversimplifying it. Rory doesn't just share a lot of disparate techniques, he shows you how to practice; how to take what you already know and make it better. Rory shows you how to make things work.”

Lawrence Kane, co-author of Dirty Ground
“I’m more of a striker than a grappler, so joint locks were never really “my thing.” While I have been able to apply them successfully more often than not, I never really understood them all that well… at least not until I met Rory Miller. He has a unique ability to break complex, arcane concepts into digestible components that nearly anyone can understand and apply. His approach is elegant, simple, and damn near magical in its success. In fact, I learned more about joint locks in an hour with him than I did in eight years of judo.”

Rob Crowley, former Major, US Army Special Forces
“Miller makes you wonder why teaching combative skills hasn’t always been done this way. Joint locks typically fall by the wayside when the intensity ratchets up. With this block of training, Miller demonstrates that that doesn’t have to be so, and returns an essential element to the real world fighting toolkit. Don’t leave home without these skills. ”

M. Guthrie, Federal Air Marshal
“It has been my honor and privilege to know and work with Rory Miller personally and professionally for the better part of the last decade. We have discussed the philosophy of violence, ran full contact scenarios together, drank scotch. Not always in that order. It is not an understatement when I say that Rory is one of the premiere voices in the self defense community. When he says something it's always of value. Rory has that combination of formal martial arts training, practical experience from his days in Corrections and communication abilities that is rare in this field. He is articulate and makes difficult concepts easy to understand, yet doesn't dumb down the information, which is the mark of a truly gifted teacher. Long story short - if Rory puts it out, I buy it.”

Steven Barnes, novelist & former Kung Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine.
“Rory Miller is a genuine expert in a world filled with wanna-bes. With more real-world experience than 99.99% of instructors, he combines an analytical mind with an artist's creativity. Purchasing and practicing his "Joint Locks" is a no-brainer."”

Sifu Al Dacascos, founder of the Wun Hop Kuen Do branch of Kajukenbo
“Rory Miller thinks the way I like to work: Short, correct, complete, to the point and no BS. The most simple,common sense and logical way to counter joint locks. A 10+ in my scorebook.”

Randy King, KPC Self Defense, NSI Regional Director, kpcombat.ca
“In my decade of working a door, I always had a problem using joint locks as tool. They never seemed to work, way to complex. Then BAM, after just an hour with Rory Miller I fell in love with them. The problem wasn't the locks, it was how there were taught. I highly recommend this program to anyone who relies on their training to get home safe.”

Jim Sheeran, Police officer, Instructor Certification in Defensive Tactics and Firearms, Field Training Instructor, Bando System black belt (3rd level
“Many experienced martial artists and violence professionals like police officers believe joint locks are almost too complicated to work in the real world. Rory Miller refutes that; he's found a way to teach the principles that underlie any lock in a quick, efficient and eminently usable manner. I watched people who had very little experience with locks not only using them -- but improvising and inventing new locks smoothly and dynamically under pressure and against resistance. ”

Officer Kasey Keckeisen, Mounds View Police Department, Ramsey County SWAT, Hennepin County WMD Tactical Team
“I have been training in locking arts (Aikido) for over 20 years. When I first took the class that is presented in this video I was mad. For a moment I felt I had wasted 20 years of my life. Everything I spent all that time to know (and how to counter it) can be learned in about an hour. Then I got excited because now the people I teach won’t need to spend their life learning what I have to teach them. I can work these fundamentals with them and they can spend their training careers surpassing me. An excellent class, now available for distance learning in video format. A fantastic product, and a must have for everybody that is paid to control subjects without causing undue damage. This video should be in every training department’s library.”

Jon Lupo, Lieutenant, New York State Police
“Rory Miller is one of those persons I wish I'd met much earlier in the course of my life -- not only because I value his friendship, but also because I know I could have learned so much more from him that would have made me a more effective police officer. During my 28 years in law enforcement, I've had numerous opportunities to train joint locks with a variety of "experts," both on and off the job. While most were highly skilled at applying such techniques themselves, I would rate only a handful as master teachers. Rory Miller is one of the latter. There is elegance and economy (and, thankfully, more than a little humor) in his method of teaching joint lock principles; if you can't find the opportunity to train in person with Rory, his new joint lock DVD can, at least, give you a taste of what you're missing.

I cannot recommend his training or his DVD instruction highly enough. This DVD continues his tradition -- his habit -- of excellence. ”

Alain Burrese, J.D., www.burrese.com
"I enjoy every time I train with Rory Miller because not only do I learn something new, but he prompts me to look at things differently. He is an excellent instructor and you will definitely improve your joint-locking skills if you study this DVD and apply the lessons he teaches."





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