Published On: Tue, Jul 4th, 2017

Obscure Vertical Elbow

Obscure Vertical Elbow

Obscure Elbows are those strikes you execute when you cannot see the attacker. The Obscure Vertical Elbow is rear elbow strike executed when someone is behind you. Imagine a rear bear hug where you were able to escape but he still behind you trying something else, may be a choke, then your Obscure Vertical Elbow is perfect for preventing him from completing the choke.

You can see the application of the Obscure Vertical Elbow on this self-defense technique Obscure Wing. Where the attacker grabs the shoulder from behind, you can see the attacker but you know he is in range for your moves. See how GM Jesus Flores demonstrates this technique.
Here you can see GM Jesus Flores executing Obscure Wing a self-defense technique where you cannot see the attacker but you know he is there behind you in a range that you can control.

About the Author


Peter A Soto is a Martial Artist with more than 20 years training all kinds of Martial Arts styles such as Kenpo Karate, Japanese Karate, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu, Krav Maga… He is also a Certified High School Teacher in the State of California, he was also a Fulbright Teacher by the Department of Education of the United States of America.