You’ve probably seen the cringe-worthy videos of President Donald Trump shaking the hands of other powerful men, from heads of state to Vice President Mike Pence. In almost every case, the President pulls the other man’s hand with a strong jerking motion.
It looks like he’s trying to either drag the guy in for a hug, or show him who’s in control of the greeting.
It’s incredibly awkward. Japanese Prime Minister Abe was almost pulled off his chair during a photo op with President Trump.
A mixed martial arts website has posted a training video showing the appropriate way to counteract the kind of aggressive move that the President is using in these handshakes. The video was made by a black belt instructor who was fascinated by the strange move. The narrator in the film made at Relson Gracie Academia de Jiu-Jitsu explain how it came about.
I wanted to share a technique today … as I’m scrolling through my Facebook feed I see this video and it hits me. I’ve got to teach the defense against the Donald Trump handshake. Somebody grabs your hand and they pull you in — you’ve seen the awkwardness.”
The film goes on to explain how to use a “goose neck” wrist lock to defend against the Trump handshake. It involves stepping toward the aggressor, wrapping an arm around his elbow and doing some kind of maneuver with the upper hand.
It might not be the best thing to do if you have to shake hands with the President while all those big scary Secret Service guys are watching you. But if, sometime in the future, you are introduced to private citizen Donald Trump, it’s probably a useful little thing to know.
Watch and learn.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab.