An online magazine focused on mixed martial arts has posted a tutorial from a jiu-jitsu academy on how to defend against the Donald Trump handshake.
Trump’s handshake had remained a secret until his new career as a politician and has become a focus in the early days of his presidency, among comedians and news anchors alike.
The President’s handshake is not unusual, but to those who find themselves shaking hands often, it is one of the more difficult of handshakes to handle due to the inordinate pulling and yanking that is involved.
Trump’s style of shaking hands involves forceful pulling on the hand he is shaking, yanking the individual toward him while Trump’s arm remains firmly bent at the elbow.
On the instructional video, a martial arts black belt says “I wanted to share a technique today … I’m asking everybody, what should I share? All really good suggestions. As I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed, I see this video and it hits me, I’ve got to teach the defense to the Donald Trump handshake.”
The member of the Relson Gracie Academia de Jiu-Jitsu continues, “Somebody grabs your hand and they pull you in — you’ve seen the awkwardness.”
“Now, I’m not suggesting you do this to the President,” he adds as he launches into his demonstration of the technique he called “goose neck” wrist lock.
“As he grabs really hard and pulls you in, I go with it. I step in with the outside foot, I wrap around the elbow. As I do that, I’m going to block his arm from here, I bend the wrist in, the other hand wraps over the top of the knuckles and boom — now you have what we call a goose neck.”
“Secret Service, I promise, if I meet the president, I probably won’t wristlock him,” he jokes.