0113 – Tools of Unarmed Self-Defense: Your Elbows

Episodes 0111 and o112 laid some strong foundational information for the remainder the podcasts that will deal with the fundamentals of unarmed combat.  Make sure you have given them a good listen before you continue on through the remainder of the unarmed combat podcasts.

Elbows

  • can be very powerful when delivered correctly
  • more rigid than blows delivered with the hand
  • require closer proximity to our attacker

Elbows (Forward Elbows)

  • Used for a close target that is generally forward of our position
  • Technique
    • From guard, simply rotate hand to the centerline so that forearm is parallel to the ground
    • Elbow leads in a forward circular motion, followed by shoulder, torso and finally forward weight shift with your lower body.
    • Strike with any part of the forearm the closer to the tip of the elbow, the better!
  • Targets
    • Opposite side of the head through the center of the near side of the head
    • Fragile nature of the head
    • Small mass vs. the large mass of our entire body striking through the elbow
    • Other targets of opportunity

Reverse Elbow

  • Used for a close target that is generally to our rear
  • Technique
    • From guard, simply rotate hand to the centerline so that forearm is parallel to the ground
    • Elbow leads in a rearward circular motion, followed by shoulder, torso and finally rearward weight shift with your lower body.
    • Strike with any part of the upper arm, the closer to the tip of the elbow the better!
  • Targets
    • Opposite side of the head through the center of the near side of the head
    • Fragile nature of the head
    • Small mass vs. the large mass of our entire body striking through the elbow
    • Other targets of opportunity
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