Your Best Self Defense Weapon - Your Elbow

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When we think of self defense we normally think of throwing punches or a well placed kick to the groin. But fighting in the real world isn't like fighting in the movies (no kidding, right?). Most of the time you'll find that fights immediately get too up close and personal for things like kicks and punches.

When that happens and your opponent gets in too close, it's time to start throwing elbows. Just bend you arm in and drive your elbow toward your opponent. Elbow strikes tend to be overlooked by amateurs but I've got 2 reasons why you need to be paying attention to them if you find yourself in a bad situation.

  1. Great Close Combat Strike - even if you don't have the room to throw a punch, you've probably got the room to throw an elbow. You don't need a lot of room to cause a lot of damage. Being a close quarter kind of strike also means that you can get a lot of power from your bodyweight behind it. You don't need a lot of room to work up force since you're using the torque from your upper body making the strike much more powerful.
  2. Concentration of Power - few people realize just how devastating a blow from an elbow can be, but the beauty of it is the concentration of power on such a small space. Your elbow is a small point of bone on the end of a very powerful swing. That means you end up concentrating hundreds of pounds of force onto something the size of a knife point. That kind of power ends being devastating if used correctly.

Now I'm not encouraging people to go out and use elbow strikes against anyone they feel like. Fighting really should be the last option. But if you find yourself in a situation that you just can't seem to get out of peacefully, then don't hesitate.

Start practicing your elbow strikes on a heavy bag next time you're in the gym. They're always more powerful and effective when they're used by a trained professional, but even a sloppy amateur elbow in the right place can do wonders for ending a fight fast. You'll drastically improve your power and strength no matter how big your opponent may be.

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Harv Simpson has been dedicated to self defense since being savagely attacked by a meth addict. If you want to learn more about online self defense or Harv's new self defense ebook: "Top Secret: Self Defense" visit for more free resources and articles.

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This article was published on 2010/03/30