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How to greet someone with an ‘elbow bumb’…

I fucking love elbows! 😃 I have hurt some really big guys, with serious reputations, with elbows!… And I mean really fucked ’em up!

Remember how I said I’ve only ever headbutted once… I couldn’t even give an estimate for elbows! 😔 I’m ashamed to say, I use to be a right nasty little bastard with them, in nightclubs and pubs… 🤔 That maybe why I keep getting injuries to them?

One thing I’m doing in my training is elbowing when framing in… slamming my elbow/forearm into the coratid artery… Then driving my elbow upward under the chin to take them off balance (A throw? Setting them up for another elbow as they bring their head back down?)

🤔 Also using elbows to block. The ‘crashing in’ technique. If someone’s going to throw a big powerful cross… Block it with the elbow… Watch as they wince from breaking a few bones in their hand!

Fucking love elbows! 🤪

Elbow Techniques in Muay Thai

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Muay Thai as a form of combat sport has its own unique techniques. Muay Thai boxing techniques are the way to effectively use nine weapons which are the head, fists, elbows, knees and feet. Collectively, they are called Na-wa arwud. However, in today’s Muay Thai rules, head is no longer included as a weapon and not allowed in the Muay Thai fights. Muay Thai training Phuket fighters has removed the use of head in Muay Thai techniques.

Muay Thai techniques, as taught in a typical Muay Thai camp in Thailand, fighters trained are divided into two groups: Mae Mai or “major” or “master” techniques and Luk Mai or “minor” or “complementary” techniques. All Muay Thai techniques use the entire body movement, rotating the hip partially or fully with every punch, kick and block. This is what sets Muay Thai training apart from other forms of martial art.

Elbow Techniques of Muay Thai -- Muay Thai Camp Thailand

While it may be possible to win a fight using just one technique, a Muay Thai boxer who masters the use of each of his eight weapons will definitely be able to face and outdo his opponent.

One of the eight lethal weapons learned in training is the Elbow technique. Muay Thai elbow techniques taught demonstrate how a fighter can properly use his elbows to beat the opponent. There are Muay Thai elbow techniques mechanism and nine types of elbow strikes in Muay Thai boxing, namely:

  • Sok Ti (Striking Elbow or Elbow Slash)
  • Sok Tad or Sok Tat (Perpendicular or Horizontal Elbow)
  • Sok Ngat (Uppercut Elbow)
  • Sok Phung (Forward Elbow Thrust)
  • Sok Klap (Spinning Elbow)
  • Sok Sap (Elbow Chop)
  • Sok Ku or Sok Klap Khu (Double Elbows or Double Elbow Chop)
  • Sok Wiang Klap (Reverse Horizontal Elbow)
  • Kradot Sok (Mid-Air Elbow Strike)

In Muay Thai, the elbow is used in seven ways – horizontally, diagonal upwards, diagonal downwards, uppercut, downward, backward spinning and flying. It is also used from the sides as a finishing move or to cut the opponents’ eyebrow so that he bleeds. Bleeding blocks the vision and also affects the fighter’s performance. The diagonal elbows are less powerful but they are faster than the other forms.

There is also a distinct difference between a single elbow and a follow-up elbow. The single elbow is an elbow move, which is independent from any other move. A follow-up elbow, on the other hand, is the second strike from the same arm, being a hook or straight punch first with an elbow follow-up. Such elbows, and most other elbow strikes, are used when the distance between fighters is too small and there is too little space to throw a hook at the opponent’s head. Elbows can also be utilized to great effect as blocks or defenses against, for example, spring knees, side body knees, body kicks or punches.

Different Elbow Techniques in Muay Thai -- Muay Thai Gym Phuket

The sport covers a lot of techniques in which a fighter is taught how to defend or attack another fighter with so much power and speed. Speed and accuracy in every attack is important to knock down an opponent while speed and proper mindset in anticipating attacks is critical to avoid being knocked down and to have good defense.

The elbow technique is just one of the lethal techniques in Muay Thai in combination with different power punches and kicks. Proper training, diet and tactical thinking also plays a big part in succeeding in the combat sports that is present in most Muay Thai training camp in Phuket and all over Thailand.Posted by Singpatong Sitnumnoi

The 7 elbows of Muay Thai

by Kirik Jenness
Monday, May 29, 2017

If you want to get along, get along. And if you want to be free, be free. But if you want to learn how to elbow, learn Muay Thai.

This guest UG Blog is courtesy of our friends at Evolve Vacation, which offers travelers the extraordinary opportunity of a lifetime to train under the largest collection of World Champions on the planet and to explore the hidden treasures of one of the most incredible cities in Asia.

One of deadliest weapons in one’s Muay Thai arsenal, the elbow, when used correctly, has the power to seriously injure or knock out one’s opponent. To understand just how dangerous the elbow is, touch the tip of your elbow (the knuckle).

Many fighters use the elbow to finish fights, capitalizing on a cut on the forehead of an opponent and using the elbow to cause more damage to the cut. The bleeding from the cut impairs vision and affects performance as well, which could lead to a fast finish. Unlike the other weapons, the elbow can only be thrown at close range.

What makes the elbow different from other strikes is that because of the close range in which it is utilized, it is difficult for the opponent to counter with a kick or punch. They are usually performed in succession, once on the way to the target and second, on the way back. To throw a powerful elbow, you must take a quick step forward, which aids power and timing. When throwing the elbow, use your shoulders. If you miss your shot, keep on going and ensure that your chin is protected.

There are seven different ways to use the elbow:
•Horizontally;
•Diagonal upwards;
•Diagonal downwards;
•Uppercut;
•Downward;
•Backward spinning; and,
•Flying.

As you can see, the elbow can be thrown in any direction, but different elbows have different applications and impacts. Today, Evolve Vacation shares the Seven Kinds Of Elbows In Muay Thai:

1) Sok Ti (Slashing Elbow)
This move is also known as the rotating elbow or hitting down elbow. It targets the forehead, nasal bone and eyebrows as you aim your elbow upward while swinging the elbow diagonally downward in a 45-degree angle. It is a commonly used elbow in fights because it can be delivered behind the opponent’s guard.

Execution: From your fight stance, raise one elbow sideways until its tip aims upward. Keep your other hand up above the jaw to block any strikes and distribute your weight to both legs. As you throw the elbow, your upper body and hips should move along with it. Quickly return to fighting stance when you’ve finished.

2) Sok Tad (Horizontal Elbow)
This technique is also known as the side elbow. It targets the jaw, temples, and nasal bone. Similar to the slashing elbow, the only difference is that you must swing the elbow horizontally, parallel to the ground. To work on your horizontal elbow, practice on a heavy bag to get used to the movement. As you throw the elbow, twist your heel, hip and shoulder at the same time to add more force into the strike. This elbow is often used in the clinch when the opponent has dropped his guard.

Execution: From your fight stance, bring one arm to shoulder level. Keep your other hand close to your face, above your jaw as a guard. Move your arm horizontally, at 90 degrees with your hand at 30 degrees from your elbow. Your elbow must be parallel to the floor the entire time, even when you swing it.

3) Sok Ngad (Uppercut Elbow)
Because this elbow targets the chin and nose, the elbow is swung diagonally upwards. You can perform this elbow at a 45-degree angle as well, which makes you less susceptible to counter attacks. However, traditionally, it is carried out in a straight line.

Execution: From your fight stance, slightly lower one of your elbows. While doing this, shift your weight to the leg on the active side and slightly bend it. Keep your guard up by putting your fist above the jaw for protection. Cup your fist on your ear and drive your elbow diagonally upwards. To generate more power, turn your hips and foot along the same direction of your uppercut elbow.

4) Sok Pung (Spear Elbow)
If you’re looking to completely devastate your opponent and cut him/her, the spear elbow is the best strike to use. Quick and sharp, this elbow is known to end fights, especially if it lands clean on your opponent’s head. This elbow targets the nasal bone, forehead, eyes, and collarbone and is great to use inside the clinch because of its quickness and small range of motion.

Execution: From your fight stance, raise one hand past your ear. Throw the elbow from above at a 45-degree angle as you raise your upper body and shift your weight down towards your opponent. Hit your opponent with the sharp tip of your elbow, also called the knuckle of your elbow.

5) Sok Kratung (Reverse Elbow)
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Execution: Lower your lead arm so that your elbow is aiming at the opponent. To throw the reverse elbow, start from a low point. At this point you should be stretching your body in the direction of your opponent, which will raise your rear foot. While doing this, you should shift your weight to the front.

6) Sok Glab (Spinning Elbow)
One of the deadliest elbows, the spinning elbow has the potential to quickly knockout one’s opponent. It requires immense technical skill and timing, and could be quite difficult to execute because your body must be turned around in order to throw it.

Execution: Step your left foot on the outside of your opponent’s left foot. Torque your right elbow backwards across your body as you whip your hips clockwise until your elbow points forward. If you are a southpaw, you should rotate your hips counter-clockwise. Your body should be completely twisted around, with your torso facing your opponent. Your elbow should end up 180 degrees from the original position.

The energy generated by your rotation should be enough to land a devastating elbow with your rear arm. Quickly return to your stance after you’ve landed the elbow.

To read more about the spinning elbow, check out this article.

7) Sok Sub (Elbow from above)
Similar to the spear elbow, the elbow from above is often thrown together with a jump. It can also be delivered to the head or the collarbone using both elbows. Although it is usually performed with the rear arm, the front arm can be used as well.

Execution: Shift your weight to your front leg. Raise your body upward and raise your rear arm all the way up. At the same time, turn the rear part of your body to the front and throw your elbow down to the target, using all your weight.

If you are planning to use the elbow, ensure that your fists are loose. Keeping them clenched will only make your arm muscles tense, and prevent you from executing the elbow with speed. Don’t forget to put all your weight into the elbow and shift your body towards your opponent as you throw it. Doing so would ensure that there is enough power in your elbow to KO your opponent. And, as with any shot you throw, stay balanced and don’t throw your whole body weight forward. If you miss, you will fall off balance, which will put you in a dangerous position to be countered.

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