Join Date: May 2006
Location: New York City, New York
Elbows and Why The Matter
There are alot of issues with the use of elbows, just in the sport in general. They've been barred from alot of Japanese organizations because of the cuts that result and there's alot of talk about banning them in amateur MMA so that it might increase the prospect of it becoming an Olympic sport.
As far as the use of elbows in combat and in competition, it's one of the most useful strikes. On the ground, there are dozens of elbow openings a minute and people don't even pay attention to them because they're thinking so much about rolling around.
The elbows can get a cut, and that blood will give you a huge advantage in the fight, but the elbow is also an effective strike, and people forget about that too.
Elbow strikes to the top of the head and the face (whether with the forearm part of the elbow or the back part of the elbow) are effective and really a pain in the ass for most fighters, especially when they're trying to focus on grappling.
Elbows can loosen up an opponent and make him distracted, so that he's thinking more about defending the strikes than the submission, and there are plenty of ways to finish a fight with elbows, whether from the guard, from sidecontrol or in the scramble.
It's important, as fighters, that we don't forget any weapong htat we have at our disposal, and elbows are one of the best of those.
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