The Full-Nelson (羽交い締め Hagaijime, lit. "Pinioning") technique has been used throughout Dragon Ball Z, in a number of battles.
The technique consists of the user putting their arms over their opponent's shoulders by going under the armpits and either pulling backward or clasping their fingers behind their neck, making the opponent unable to move as freely as usual.
Captain Ginyu used this technique against Goku in a tight grip with Goku unable to escape after Jeice fired a Full Power Energy Wave at him, however, Ginyu let Goku go because he placed the move only thanks to Jeice's interference with their fight.
As the Great Saiyaman, Gohan uses the hold to restrain Videl when the latter tries to attack him, thinking he is kidnapping Chobi from the Musuka Circus, while he was in fact returning him to his parents.
In the finals of the 25th World Martial Arts Tournament junior division, Goten uses a Full-Nelson to restrain Trunks, but he quickly breaks free then elbows him in the face. Later in the fight, Trunks places the hold on Goten. However Goten has to go Super Saiyan to escape.
In Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, Piccolo, in an attempt to buy Goku enough time to complete the Spirit Bomb, performed a Full-Nelson on Super Android 13 from behind, also causing his S.S. Deadly Bomber to miss his target.
Video Game Appearances
Goku uses the technique as part of the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon in cutscenes of several video games. It is Captain Ginyu's grapple throw in the Budokai Tenkaichi series. It can be used by all the playable characters in Dragon Ball: Zenkai Battle in order to hold an opponent so that a teammate can land hits on them.
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, Turles uses the technique in conjunction with Ginyu's Body Change to create the improvised team attack Full-Nelson Body Change which they use to allow Ginyu to steal Goku's body in the main story after Ginyu loses Xeno Trunks' body. Additionally during The Masked Saiyan Saga, Bardock uses a full-nelson on Mira to take revenge on him and Towa for being brainwashed by them.
- The Dragon Ball series. is among a number of "real world" fighting techniques to be used in the
- Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, 2016
- Dragon Ball Z episode 5, "Gohan's Rage"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 69, "Incredible Force!"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 111, "Fight with Piccolo"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 196, "Tournament Begins"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 204, "Blackmail"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 230, "The Long Awaited Fight"
- Dragon Ball Z episode 268, "Union of Rivals"
- Dragon Ball Super chapter 42, "Battle's End and Aftermath"
- Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, 2013