Rear Horizontal Elbow Strike - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique
This page examines the rear horizontal elbow strike used in the Marine Corps martial arts program. Overall, this section focuses on gray belt techniques used by the Marine Corps martial arts program. Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP).
For more Marine Corps techniques, please visit the main Marine Corps Martial Arts Program section. If you are searching for hand techniques used by other martial arts styles, please visit the main Punches & Hand Strikes section.
The Rear Horizontal Elbow Strike
The rear horizontal elbow strike is primarily effective when being attacked from the rear. The strike is used to stun the aggressor and allow for follow-on techniques.
The striking surface is 2 inches above or below the point of the elbow, depending on your angle of attack, the aggressor’s attack angle, and the position of the aggressor.
Target Area of the Body
The primary target area of the body is the aggressor’s body at the level of your elbow.
~ From the basic warrior stance, look over your shoulder to acquire your primary target.
~ Thrust your right elbow horizontally backwards toward the aggressor while taking a slight step backwards to generate power. The right forearm is parallel to the deck, with the palm facing the deck.
~ Take a step backwards, in order to bring yourself within striking range of the aggressor. Rotate your left hip forward and your right shoulder backwards to generate additional power.
~ Follow through with the strike through the primary target area.
~ Rapidly return to the basic warrior stance. See figure 3-9.
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- Information from Public Domain Document, MCRP 3-02B, Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP), http://www.marines.mil/News/Publications/ELECTRONICLIBRARY.aspx, Added - 06/23/15
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