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Elbow Strikes part 2 - Reverse Horizontal Elbow Strike (instructional video included)

Updated: Jul 29, 2022

The reverse horizontal elbow strike is an excellent technique that can be performed when the assailant is behind you, and either attempts to grab your shoulder, or wrap their arms around your waist.

How to perform the reverse horizontal elbow strike from a neutral stance:
  1. Bring both hands up and clench your fists.

  2. Raise one of your elbows to shoulder height (the thumb of that arm should be at the top of your chest).

  3. Elbow strike backwards by twisting your waist back (behind you).

  4. Turn your feet a little with the strike, so you can hit with more force.

  5. Repeat with the same elbow, and/or the other elbow until you are released.

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

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The Reverse Horizontal Elbow Strike

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