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Clinch Lesson 2 - Single Under-hook to Elbow Strike

This is the 2nd lesson in our Clinch 101 series.

The under-hook is a great offensive technique that you can use when in the clinch. The single under-hook occurs when one of your arms goes under the assailant's arm/armpit, while in the clinch. You can control the assailant by pulling them down to meet your strikes. You can also use the under-hook to move them forwards, backwards, and to either side.

In this week's lesson you will learn how to strike an assailant with an elbow from this clinch.

How to perform the single under-hook to elbow strike

  1. Facing the assailant (your partner in practice), bring your left arm underneath their right arm (same side) until your bicep/shoulder is pinned into their arm pit.

  2. Clasp that hand with your other hand and pull him down to control him. Alternatively, you can grab your chest with your under-hook hand, leaving your other hand free to strike with.

  3. Do not lean back or reach up too high; doing so will put you off balance. If they are too tall, use a different clinch (you'll learn more clinches in the upcoming weeks).

  4. From the single under-hook, pull the assailant down as you drive your elbow horizontally across into their face. Turn your hip into the elbow strike for maximum power.

Below is a video showing how to elbow strike while using the single under-hook.

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The single under-hook to elbow strike

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