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post #15 of (permalink) Old 01-31-2007, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Onganju
Actually... The OP asks 3 questions.

1) He asks whether they are effective. I say they are, but I do agree that most knock outs don't come from elbows. I openly state: "Statistically speaking, most KOs in MT matches come from Punches followed by High Kicks."

2) He asks whether they are used just to open cuts. I simply state that good elbow are more likely to open cuts.

3) He asks where they are most effective. I simply state in the clinch and on the ground. I don't think there's any argument against that. I'm not going to tell anyone to open their fights with a step-in or spinning elbow strike.

The other details is just me trying to add relevant information.
quote: jamlena:GnP, and opening cuts, I agree with your instructor, it's rare to see knockouts via elbows although it does happen from time to time, but they are more effective in helping set-up other strikes and submissions.
Onganju, great points and in my first response I agreed with all of them (see above), I was simply stating that strike for strike, elbows just are not in the same class as punches and kicks for pure Knockout effectiveness.

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