Defense Against a Horizontal Elbow Strike


Technique Review November 7, 2017

Good day everyone. This week’s technique review is about defending the elbow strike, and the horizontal elbow strike, really. So what will be the solution, I think you know, at least, it’s in the curriculum. . .

Video transcript

Good day everyone. This week’s technique review is about defending the elbow strike, and the horizontal elbow strike, really. So what will be the solution, I think you know, at least, it’s in the curriculum. Let’s talk about natural response, whether it’s this way or that way, that is expected.

So building on that, we have the basic techniques. Jonathan, please. So at the close range, he’s striking me with the elbow. Look again. So what happens here? Different option, defend. Strike. One more time. Defend, and counter attack with the knee. So, really you’ve got two options. Two hands are busy, so if you reduce a little bit, the pressure high, you’ll be able to shift the pelvis forward and kick with the back leg. One more time. Is this possible? Definitely, yes. So the question is what’s your natural response?

Now, when we are teaching, either we teach you to strike immediately, or to kick with the back leg as early as possible, meaning I’m bit more aggressive. Pressing towards the opponent. However, that’s also good option. So you see what’s happening, doing this one. Very good, one more time. Doing that one, that’s a defense. Or this is the defense.

This defense, we don’t have this in the basic curriculum, or that is the defense. Exactly like the high roundhouse kick variation. So see how everything is integrated, how things very, very similar. I defend, now the question is, am I more aggressive? Am I more aggressive? Or, I’m more, arch back, not so aggressive, kick with the back leg. And if I am much less, little bit more with the need for retreat when he attacks me, I will kick with the back … Front leg, yes?

So from here, one more time, so kicking with the front leg first, because you lean backwards. Even maybe because you step backwards. That’s the thinking. What happens if it’s from the other side, here, thanks. So look again, from here defend, first of all. What about the defense itself? This defense, the form position is very similar to one against the hook. But it’s not going backwards, it’s going to meet because there’s no crook, there’s no hole, so there’s no sweeping defense.

So when he’s attacking me with the right, for example, see the angle? From here when he attacks you see, right, when I’m defending I’m sending him a little bit upwards. Why? It’s a part of the motion, the basic motion. I go out, and forward, and up. Because I’m here, I need to relieve the hand. So the lifting itself, if you’ve got correct lifting, one more time … Correct lifting, do you see where the elbow went? From here, up. So the pressure is continuing, and it’s not being absorbed by my own body. It’s going a bit towards over my head, that’s the direction. So it’s very clear and good that I will be able to avoid big part of the pressure. If you do not avoid the pressure, slowly … What will happen is this. Hopefully you heard this, yes.

So you are going to hit with the fist to the head. We would like that this will not happen. To the upper part of the head, it’s not big deal, but to the temple, the face, of course it can be damaging. Because his energy is going through to my head, through my fist, so still receiving much of the damage. One more time. So that’s the idea. If I manage from here to catch lower and strike, good. From here if I manage to catch lower and strike, good. If I didn’t do that, the back knee. More scared? Front leg.

And then continue. This is the essence of defending the horizontal elbow strike. Jonathon, thank you. Guys, all the best. See you as soon as possible. Maybe one of the seminars. Maybe here on the screen. Ciao-Ciao.

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