ON THE NUMBER 2 LINE
The elbow strike moving down from your upper left and across your body to
your lower right is the Elbow Down the Number 2 Line. This is the second most common elbow strike used by
fighters and it is also very deadly.
The tip of the elbow has the main goal to strike the right mandible of your
opponent to induce a knock out. If you do not have a complete elbow hit and yet still make contact on your
opponent, you will cause intense damage to the jaw and/or chin. The nose will probably break and you will see blood
will flowing freely.
Your main target is the head because you want to knock out your opponent and this
is where you will achieve that goal. However, you have many other targets to attack that will cause your opponent
to break down resistance and drop guard. For example, when the forearms are used for protection as seen when
covering the face/head, attack these and to break a bone or cause intense pain and bruising. Your opponent will
eventually drop these and expose the head for your attacks.
Attacking the bicep and/or tricep are also great targets. When a punch comes at
you, move to the outside of your opponent and execute the Elbow Strike Down the Number 2 Line and crash into your
opponent’s fist, forearm and/or bicep. A Pak Sao/Slap Hand is a perfect move to use to accomplish
The quad or front upper leg of your opponent is also a useful target as the
muscle will get very sore very quickly. Another leg area to attack is the calf or upper rear muscle of the lower
leg which is behind the shin. Wrestling or “ground work”
is when these targets are open and possible targets.
Travelling down the Number 2 Line with the left arm/elbow is how this movement is
usually executed, but your other arm/elbow, the right, can also move on the Number 2 Line. For this movement, the
right arm/elbow moves upwards starting at the lower right traversing across the body to the upper left. The targets
remain the same but now the tricep will be targeted not the bicep.
Any part of the body part can and should be hit with the Elbow Strike on the
Number 2 Line. Whether you are travelling down or up, you will seriously hurt and do damage to your opponent and
position yourself into a winning position.
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