Published On: Sat, Sep 30th, 2017

How to Use Your Elbows to Strike UFC Training

Elbow techniques, there are a couple of ways of explaining elbow techniques. There is the close quarters technique. In tai boxing I try to define the word of elbow more as the very very tip of the elbow. This is the forearm, this is the elbow. This is the striking point you want to use in tai boxing. A lot of times you’ll see in a tai boxing fight you’ll see two guys moving, you’ll see his arm do this, then you’ll see the other guy is bleeding. What happened? It’s not so much of a big forearm smash, it’s more of the boom right at the edge. That’s the technique you want to work on doing with an elbow strike. You want to really connect with the tip of the elbow. It may not feel very hard it may not have a really big impact but it has a lot of qualities to finish the fight. As I was saying if I want to hit an elbow from here which is a close in technique, you can go to far into it and you’re hitting him with your forearm which is still a decent technique. But maybe I want to cut him up. I want to close his eyes for whatever reason. I’m trying to win a fight, trying to break his nose even. I’ll throw the elbow and I want to hit him right with the tip. That tip if it hits the side of his eye there, it’s going to cut it. Same thing if I hit it this time going for his nose. If it hits the bridge of his nose, it’s going to break. If I’m going for his chin, same thing. Hit with the tip, going for the tip of the chin. Every time you hit with this elbow, you want to just catch with this tip there. If that hit on my eyebrow, it would just slice through it. The bridge of my nose, like I explained, looking for a break. Side of the cheek, chin: looking for a knockout. This? I can take that. Yes a forearm hit can knock the person out. This kind of an elbow with a tip, you’re looking for a cut. If you do catch the chin, clean, you’ll get the knock out as well with that.

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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.