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Elbow Strike Series (part 1): Horizontal Elbow Strike (instructional video included)

Updated: Jul 18, 2022

We begin the elbow strike series with one of the simpler elbow strikes to practice: the forward horizontal elbow strike. As the name implies you will be delivering an elbow strike to the front, on the horizonal line.

How to perform the forward horizontal elbow strike:

  1. Start in a neutral position or fighting stance (if using fighting stance, use your rear hand to perform the elbow strike).

  2. Hold your hands slightly above and in front of your head (protecting your face without blocking your vision) and clench your fists. (I recommend the closed fist variation of elbow striking because it automatically tenses the whole arm, which helps to avoid injuring it if you accidentally hit with the wrong part of your arm).

  3. Raise one of your elbows to shoulder height; the thumb side of your fist should be at the top of your pectoralis muscle (just above your nipple).

  4. Elbow strike forward by twisting your waist forward (in front of you), towards your target.

  5. Simultaneously raise the heel of that same side foot up and turn outward (knee turns inward).

  6. Return to hands up and repeat with your other arm. 

Below is a quick tutorial on how to perform this technique.

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The Forward Horizontal Elbow Strike

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