Steve Jackson Games - Site Navigation
Home General Info Follow Us Search Illuminator Store Forums What's New Other Games Ogre GURPS Munchkin Our Games: Home

Go Back   Steve Jackson Games Forums > Roleplaying > GURPS

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-30-2020, 12:28 PM   #1
Join Date: Jul 2015
Default Binding (Martial Arts), how does it work?

Here's the text on the BINDING technique from GURPS Martial Arts if you aren't familiar with it:


So if you succeed on a Parry, then win the QC to bind your foe's Arm, what are the mechanical ramifications of that? The text makes it clear that you can "Bind" multiple limbs with successive grapples and/or parries, and what happens if you "Bind" both legs, or all 4 limbs.

But it never makes it clear what happens if you bind a single limb, or two for that matter?

Does it function like a Grapple, where the foe is at -4 DX?
Does it function like an Arm Lock, where the limb that is bound is unusable, except in attempts to break free?
Is there no mechanical effect unless you bind all limbs?
What if you bind both arms?

In Technical Grappling, Binding imparts CP to the limb you have bound, which makes sense. But if you aren't using TG, how does it work in the core rules?

IRL, I've done Indonesian/Filipino Sarong training, so I have an idea of how that works when it comes to tying up people's arms. But I'm not sure if this technique is trying to emulate that, or something different.

Am I missing something or are the rules missing text?
EskrimadorNC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-01-2020, 06:21 AM   #2
Captain Joy
Captain Joy's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Heartland, U.S.A.
Default Re: Binding (Martial Arts), how does it work?

Great and nicely presented question. It makes me want to answer it.

Since the default is the base skill, as opposed to being at some penalty, my inclination is that it uses the usual rules for grappled limbs, so -4 to DX when using that limb (B370).

Last edited by Captain Joy; 11-01-2020 at 06:25 AM.
Captain Joy is offline   Reply With Quote

binding, control points, martial arts, technical grappling

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Fnords are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:08 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.