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Nathan Corbett - Landing Elbows

By Ryan Wagner @Csardonic12017-05-08 16:48:43.631Z2017-05-08 17:41:14.503Z

Elbows are pointy and hard, so getting hit with them hurts a lot. Unfortunately their short reach makes them difficult to land compared to punches and kicks. Nathan Corbett was really good at elbowing people in the head, let's look at how he did it.

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  1. Close distance

    Corbett would advance constantly to put himself in elbow range and create openings from his opponent's reactions to his forward movement

    1. Opponent backs up

      1. Pressure to the ropes

        Once the opponent's back hits the ropes, they no longer have any room to back up and you can step in and land elbows freely.

        1. Guard manipulation

          Once you have an opponent stuck on the ropes, you can start putting together combos and overloading their defense. Wide hooks encourage their hands to creep toward the side of their face and open up a route down the middle for uppercut or smashing elbows.

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          Use combinations or feints to close distance for elbow

          Hiding an elbow in a punching combination allows you to use the punches to get within range for the elbow.

          Teep feints are a great entry for elbows because they can cover your step in and draw the opponent's hands down

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          Opponent engages

          1. Counter with elbow

            If the opponent steps in to strike while you're moving forward, you can let him close the distance for you and meet him in the middle with an elbow. This allows you to catch him with his momentum going into the strike as well.

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              Use their offense as an opportunity to clinch

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              Opponent tries to clinch

              1. Frame

                Use forearms/elbows/hands to create barriers between the opponent's face and your body. This prevents him from closing distance into the clinch and puts you right at elbowing range.

                1. The frame can be a strike itself as well. Raising your elbows up toward your opponent's face and letting them run onto it works particularly well with a tight, high guard.

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                  Opponent gets a collar tie

                  1. Pin the collar tie hand to your chest and elbow over top of it

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                  Opponent covers up

                  1. Hand trap

                    Pulling the opponent's hand out of position allows you to distract them while you close distance and clear a space to land the elbow.

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                      Sidestep to outside angle

                      Taking an angle allows you to face the opponent's flank and bypass their guard. The outside angle puts you in perfect position to land a rear elbow around the opponent's guard.