As you know, here at Fight Fast we don’t recommend taking a fight to the ground, but sometime it happens. The ground is a dangerous place where a lot of nasty things can happen.
In particular the ground itself becomes a weapon that you and your opponent have access to. The ground can also turn your own strikes against you if you are not careful.
In this video clip, MMA ground fighting trainer and “street” ground fighting expert Walt Lysak explains how to avoid a simple mistake that could break the tip of your elbow and risk your ability to survive a violent confrontation.
When delivering an elbow strike on a mat in the position shown in the video you aren’t in danger of breaking your elbow. If you accidentally catch the mat the elbow will just slide right along into your opponent, and if he bridges you and your elbow drives into the mat…no problem that’s what mats are for. Training this way can lull you into a false sense of security, sheltering you from the real life consequences of this kind of mistake when it happens on the street.
On the street or in a bar, where there is no mat, you can’t afford to make these mistakes. Driving your elbow accidentally into the concrete can result in a painful and debilitating injury. Luckily, the solution to this problem is very simple. Instead of delivering the elbow shot parallel and close to the ground, simply come down at a 45 degree angle at your opponent.
If he bridges you will instinctually extend your arm catching the ground with your hand not your elbow. This is the kind of advice you can only learn from someone who has made this mistake in real life. Mr. Lysak has learned this trick the hard way so you don’t have to.
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