Vertical Elbow Strike - Marine Corps Martial Arts Technique
This page examines the vertical 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.
Vertical Elbow Strike (High to Low)
The vertical elbow strike is primarily effective if the aggressor is bent over to where you can attack the back of the neck. This can stun the aggressor and allow for follow-on techniques.
The striking surface is 2 inches above the point of the elbow on the triceps.
Target Areas of the Body
The primary target areas of the body are any soft parts of the body that are accessible.
~ Assume the basic warrior stance.
~ Bend your right elbow, keeping your fist close at your ear with your elbow at shoulder level.
~ Drop your elbow vertically downward toward the aggressor.
~ Keep your elbow bent throughout the movement. Rotate your right shoulder and hip forward at the same time dropping your body weight by bending at the knees to generate additional power.
~ Follow through the primary target area with the strike.
~ Rapidly return to the basic warrior stance. See figure 3-10.
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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 - 06/25/15
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