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Old 02-04-2010, 01:43 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Blocking Headkicks

Ok so today in my MT class we ran a drill where your partner throws a right head kick. We were supposed to block by putting our arms out to that side so they were vertical. The guy i was partnered with was new and he threw the kick at full speed and a little low. I tried to lower my arms but ended up taking the full impact of his shin on the base of my elbow. Now its swollen to all hell and i need i in fighitng shape by tomorrow night. (its not broken)


Long story short: Got kicked in the elbow trying to block a head kick. What is the proper way to bock a head kick and how can i fix my elbow?
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:27 AM   #2 (permalink)
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best way: dont be in the way of the head kick

most practical way: bring your arm up and place your palm on the back of your head, so your fingers are facing parallel with your left shoulder (if blocking on the right side) this creates a barrier with your forearm and upper arm that makes the kick unable to penetrate to your head....im not sure if i described this well maybe i should take a picture for you?

most fun way: lower your level and throw an insane kick to the inner thigh on his base leg

as to fixing the elbow, just give it time, ice frequently...and if you can get your hands on some dit da jow, that shit works wonders.
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Ok thanks man. I think I understand. A picture would be great. My elbow is much better I just iced it overnight and elevated it
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not the best pic, was using my mothers camera as i couldnt find mine and couldnt figure out how to set the damn timer...but it gives a basic idea, also generally my hand is just a tish higher on the head, but i couldnt get the angle with the camera....

edit: if straight in shots are coming at your face, just slide the hand to the top of the head so your forearms are protecting your face, if you arent fast enough to get your head out of the way, that is....
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Oh i see now. Thanks man!! + rep
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Excellent explanation, Tyson. +Rep as well.
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[quote=UFC9688;1105967]Ok so today in my MT class we ran a drill where your partner throws a right head kick. We were supposed to block by putting our arms out to that side so they were vertical. The guy i was partnered with was new and he threw the kick at full speed and a little low. I tried to lower my arms but ended up taking the full impact of his shin on the base of my elbow. Now its swollen to all hell and i need i in fighitng shape by tomorrow night. (its not broken)


How did your partners leg feel after he kicked your elbow?
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Heres another way to block the high RH kick. Note he uses both arms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A4a9wJEeSS8
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when you block kicks with elbows - it should hurt the kicker more than you... it's like a dirty trick you can do. even blocking with forearms (you use the sharp side of the bone, it's almost like shin) hurts the kicker while not so painful to you

i assume that you got hurt because you were trying do something else...
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