Ultimate Elbow Strike Guide for Self-Defense

Ultimate Elbow Strike Guide for Self-Defense

Ultimate Elbow Strike Guide for Self-Defense

UPDATED on August 1, 2020

You may think a punch is scary, however, when compared to the elbow strike, it is nothing.

The elbow strike is one of the most powerful forms of attacks out there. The elbow is the sharpest and hardest point in the human’s body, and can be used as a weapon to seriously injure. 

There are many types of elbow strikes, which all have their purposes. Certain elbow strikes were designed to knock someone out, while others were designed to physically cut someone like a blade.

The elbow strike is commonly used in deadly martial arts like Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and Karate. There are elbow strikes for attacking from the side, the rear, the front, under, and above. 

With this technique, you will not have to worry about breaking your bones from recoil or imperfect technique, with the elbow strike, the technique does not need to be perfect. 

Without any further holdback, lets jump into the ultimate elbow strike guide for self-defense.

Diagonal Elbow Strike

The diagonal elbow strike or Sok Chieng /ศอเฉียง is a strong elbow strike that can do massive damage is thrown quickly enough. This particular elbowing technique requires you to be very close to your opponent, similar to most elbow strikes.

When performing the technique, you should aim for the chin, nasal bone, temples, or jaw for a solid knockout, however almost anywhere on the head is guaranteed to hurt your opponent more than you.

You can use whichever arm you like when performing this, however, my recommendation is you use your right arm if you are right-handed and left arm if you are left-handed.

You typically want to connect your arms(or have your arms close together) to protect your chin from a counter. You want to aim for throwing your elbow up at a 45° angle when striking at your opponent; with your hands always close to your chin.

This attack should be done at a close distance and you should not lean forward too much when executing the technique.

As you perform the strike, your hips and upper body should move with your elbow. If the technique is performed incorrectly then you should still cut your opponent, but if done properly, you will most likely knockout your opponent.

Hammer Elbow Strike

The hammer elbow strike is an elbow strike that is lethal in most cases. This elbowing technique also requires very close distance from your opponent.

When performing this technique, you should be above your opponent, with your opponent either trying to tackle you, or on the ground. You should aim for the back of the head or neck for a solid knockout and potential lethal damage. 

However if you can only hit the front of your opponent(when your opponent is on the floor), then the nasal bridge is a good target, but anywhere on the head will do more damage to him/ her than you.

When doing this, you can use whichever arm you want, but again, I recommend you use your right arm if you are right handed and left arm if you are left handed.

The best way to perform the attack is to raise your arm you’re using to strike, along with tipoing(for more impact), and then collapse your body weight onto your targeted area. When driving your elbow down, you want your elbow to be at about a 90° angle.

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Front Elbow Strike

The front elbow strike, or forward elbow strike is a the most common elbow strike. This is similar to the diagonal elbow strike.

This attack will require you to be at a close distance or very close distance. 

When performing the technique, you should aim for the chin, nasal bone, temples, or jaw for a solid knockout.

You can use whichever arm you like when performing this, however, my recommendation is you use your right arm if you are right-handed and your left arm if you are left-handed.

You want to aim for throwing your elbow up at a 0° angle when striking at your opponent; with your hands always close to your chin. Although not completely necessary, you can also set up your feet. Your feet can be slightly wider than your hips and your knees must be bent slightly too. 

This attack should be done at a close distance and you should not lean forward too much when executing the technique.

As you perform the strike, your hips and upper body should move with your elbow. If the technique is performed incorrectly then you should still bruce or cut your opponent, but if done properly, you will most likely knockout your opponent.

Spinning Back Elbow Strike

The spinning back elbow strike, reverse elbow strike,  or Sok klap /ศอกกลับ is a more advanced elbow strike, and is used as more of a surprise attack, because this type of attack is not a common attack. 

This most likely will not knock out your opponent, however, it will most likely break your opponents bones. This is also an amazing combo attack. This attack is perfect at a “medium” distance from your opponent.

This attack does require more precision, because it is more advanced. This will however, give you a great attacking angle that is very hard to defend against.

This technique is performed best with the right arm. To perform the attack properly, your left feet should go in front of your opponent’s right feet, then you should lean into your opponent, and then do the spinning elbow strike on the ribs, neck, nasal bridge, jaw, or temple.

Jumping Downward Elbow Strike

The jumping downward elbow strike or Kradot sok /กระโดดศอก is a mediocre technique that you can easily master with enough practice. 

This technique is used when your opponent is on high guard and cannot easily attack back. This technique requires more precision, hence the mediocre label. This technique must be served with the most speed possible to prevent any counter attack.

This technique is also great for striking the top of your opponents head to either knock them out, or cutting them if their arm is not covering their top of their head. 

Conclusion

Thanks for reading the entire article! In this article we covered the diagonal elbow strike, the front elbow strike, the spinning back elbow strike, and the jumping downward elbow strike. Remember, practice makes perfect, so perform elbow strike workouts and elbow strike exercises. Have a great day! Remember