You may have seen top level MMA fighters using fancy and complicated strikes, but do you need to learn the same techniques to stand a chance in a street fight?
In this self defense video, I (Matt) will show you the basic elbow strike, that when used properly, is DEVASTATING to an attacker on the street. After feeling a couple of these on his head and face he will quickly change his mind about wanting a piece of you.
In fact, he will probably be looking to do one thing, and one thing only...RUN! That's if he is still standing of course.
Elbow strikes are more effective than punches because that area of your body is a lot tougher than your hands. Even Mike Tyson broke his hand in a street fight. That is why it isn't a good idea to throw your fists. Knuckles are weak, and the bones in your hands break easily.
One way to throw an elbow is very similar to how you throw a punch. Turn your body into the shot, but instead of throwing your fists, you turn your elbow horizontally.
Aim for the face, but the chest or neck is a good target too. These elbow strikes work especially well when you are fighting at close range as your opponent won't have any time to see it coming.
An important factor to keep in mind is distance. If you are too far away and try to throw an elbow strike then you will probably miss, and also leave yourself open for a kidney punch or kick.