Jeet Kune Do flat elbow is a horizontal attack with the tip of the elbow as the force point. The flat elbow is flexible and is often used when grappling with each other in confrontations. Because the movement is rapid and sudden, it can often catch the opponent by surprise, so it is a very practical elbow method.
This is a continuation of the Jeet Kune Do Elbow Method – Hitting the elbow down, smashing the back of the neck and breaking the enemy into a vegetative fighting move.
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1. Flat elbow technique
Starting with the warning pile posture (Figure 1-1), the practitioner relaxes his body, bends his forearm at the elbow, naturally lifts the horizontal strike, and reaches the tip of the elbow (Figures 1-2, Figure 1-3), and quickly returns to the warning pile posture (Figures 1-4).
The practitioner must remain alert with moderate relaxation of the muscles. When striking with elbow flexion, use the power of twisting the waist and hip, and the movements should be coherent and smooth.
Second, the training of flat elbows
1. Action practice
Practitioners practice flat elbow techniques in situ, paying attention to the essentials of movements and correcting wrong movements. Practitioners can practice in front of a mirror or under the observation of an assistant. Practice for 2-3 minutes in groups.
2. Target practice
Improve the practitioner’s elbow technique with the help of an assistant. The assistant holds the target at about the same height as the head, and the practitioner moves forward to perform a flat elbow strike exercise (Fig. 2-1, Fig. 2-2).
3. Sandbag practice
Cultivate the practitioner’s sense of distance and elbow strike strength through sandbag exercises (Fig. 3-1, Fig. 3-2, Fig. 3-3).
Practitioners choose small sandbags weighing 10-15 kg for elbow striking exercises.
Practice for 30-60 seconds in groups.
4. Cooperate with practice
The practitioner exercises with the cooperation of an assistant. Both the practitioner and the assistant wear protective gear, and practice according to the requirements of the practitioner’s attack and assistant’s defense, so as to improve the practitioner’s flat elbow technique. Practice for 2-3 minutes in groups.
5. Meditate on practice
Meditation practice is a mental training method. Practitioners can use recumbent, standing, or sitting positions. The practitioner uses closed or open eyes to imagine that he or she is engaged in a real fight with his opponent, during which he should highlight the attack of the flat elbow [Figure 5-1, Figure 5-2, Figure 5-3).
3. Practical application
1. Front boxing surface + rear elbow head
Preparatory position: Our side stands in the left guard pile posture, and the other side stands in the right guard pile posture, and the two sides face each other (Figure 6-1). We take half a step forward with our left foot while attacking the enemy’s front with our left fist (Figure 6-2). Immediately afterwards, while closing our left fist, we twisted our waist to the left and knocked the enemy on the head with our right flat elbow (Figure 6-3).
2. Left arm defense + left elbow strike
Preparatory position: We stand in the left guard pile position, the other side stands in the right guard pile position, and the two sides face each other (Figure 7-1). The enemy attacks us with a straight right fist, and we defend with our left forearm outward (Figure 7-2). Immediately afterwards, we slide forward, enter, and hit the enemy in the head or neck with a flat left elbow, severely damaging the enemy (Figure 7-3).
3. Dodge + elbow ribs
Preparatory Style: Our side stands in the left guard pile posture, the other side stands in the right guard pile posture, and the two sides face each other (Figure 8-1). The enemy hit us in the face with a straight right fist, and I dodged in the right side, while stepping forward and right to get close and hit the enemy’s ribs and abdomen with my right flat elbow, severely damaging the enemy (Figure 8-2).