I was just reading Wastelander's Joint Lock "Throws" post and it's a good point. We treat locks as locks because well we have to train them. But are they really, were they really? I've never really considered them as anything other than compliance methods. Yes the throws are pretty.
We have gear to allow follow-through with full force on strikes but so far I haven't found anything but a training partner's limb for locking techniques, so we train to the point of tapping out and they then become compliance techniques. They're rather more brutal than that if you follow through with full force. Once you know how to apply one, how do you train a "lock" (wrist, arm, shoulder etc) with full force? Isn't training with a partner just the same as always pulling your punches and never hitting a punch bag?