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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2006, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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The responses to my thread"Favorite Knock-out Technique" have led me naturallly to the following:
1.Knee and elbow techniques seem to be the most popular.Why?
2.How does someone develop the speed of his (or her ) elbow techniques. I'm a six foot,200 lb. guy, but I find that my elbows are nowheres near as fast as my hands. My hands are so fast that you literally cant see them. I'd like for my elbows to be that fast.
3.Why have edge-of-hand blows fallen out of favor? No one seems to use them much anymore.
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-08-2006, 10:25 PM
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I think it really comes down to this:

1) The amount of force that can be generated in an elbow or a knee strike is very high in comparison to that can be made from a punch or kick.
2) Elbows and knees are real compact weapons that can be utilized in the clinch and on the ground. Because we know that a grand majority of fights are finished either on the ground or carry on throughout a clinch type of situation, this makes the techniques quite viable in MMA situations.
3) It doesn't take a large amount of training to learn how to effectively throw an elbow or knee. However, it does take a lot of training to learn how to control your opponent properly to make proper use of a well thrown elbow or knee.

What must be kept in mind is that although elbows and knees generate a lot of force, they are no where near as precise as throwing a well placed punch or kick. Because there is a larger striking surface in comparison to your fist or foot (base of the shin in MT style kicks), the force is dispersed over a larger area. It doesn't transfer into one focal spot. This is where you will see large amounts of damage dealt through an accumulated amount of elbows and knees, but one well placed, clean punch or kick will do dramatic amounts of damage (shot to the chin, floating ribs, liver, etc). In which case, accuracy definitely favors punching and kicking.

The problem with most "knife-hand" type strikes is that they need to be applied at just the right point or target to be effective. In which case, being able to rely on them consistently in a stressful situation doesn't lend itself well to those types of strikes. Further, a lot of the targets that you would attack with a knife hand (i.e. throat, base of the spine, neck, eyes, etc) are not legal areas in MMA competition. That would probably answer your question as to why they aren't as popular as you may expect.

I'll start a thread on how to throw an elbow in the stand-up technique forum. Hopefully, that can answer some of your other questions.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-09-2006, 12:16 AM
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I agree with most of what ^ he said.

I use alot of Knee's and Elbows because im a wrestler and i personally am not the best striker in the world lol, thats how i loose is going through a stand up fight.

Useing your elbows you dont actually throw your elbow, when your in a clinch or grappling you use your shoulders, pecks, and back muscles to throw elbows. The best way to learn is to do what they show tito doing so much. Having a Bag on the ground and just work different positions on it.

Knees are about the same i use my ass muscles and my opposite leg's calf to pop my whole body up while i just having my thigh locked and pulling back while doing so.

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