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Simple to Use Elbow Joint Lock Takedown

In most self defense situations you want to hit your opponent first, follow up with more punishing strikes, and get the hell out of the situation as fast as possible. For that reason don’t usually emphasize blocks or joint locks that keep you close to your opponent for extended periods of time.

Joint Lock Take Down - Side Step The Attack
However there are a number of situations where you simply can’t take out your attacker and flee. On top of that knowing a few simple blocking and joint locking techniques is crucial because like it or not you will occasionally get taken by surprise, or need to control an attacker.

Lock The Elbow Joint For a Takedown
This move is perfect for a situation where a guy is coming out of nowhere with a right haymaker. As you can see in the video you simply step to the right (getting off his center line) and block the punch while simultaneously putting him into a joint lock.

In certain street fight situations it is also necessary to contain and control your attacker. If you are alone this is not a wise strategy, however we are often with loved ones or close friends and need to control the attacker to prevent others from getting hurt and give them a chance to escape.

This type of self defense requires contain and control techniques. The takedown in this video is ideal because it allows you to control him all the way to the ground and keep him compliant by putting extreme force on his elbow and shoulder joints.

Make sure you practice this self defense move on training mats, unless you don’t mind a bruised tailbone. If you want to see more techniques from Gabriel Garcia’s Mean Streets Click Here

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360 thoughts on “Simple to Use Elbow Joint Lock Takedown”

  1. Gabriel,
    Great lesson AND easy to do for even a defender who is size-ably smaller than their attacker.
    Thanks,
    Tom Arillotta

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  4. I think this is one of the best defensive moves I’ve seen if you want to keep him in your control once he is on the ground. A lot of practice.

  5. This is my favorite defence move i have seen!
    It is fast…furious…and very effective..
    Learn this…
    And you’re The Boss!…

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