I have been meaning to post this for days. It all came to mind when reading my crapper copy of BBmag. It is a guilty pleasure of mine, I read it for the comedy mostly. Well this issue had Bas Ruten being interviewed. So I was like ok good stuff. Most of it was. At one point the interviewer says that he thinks elbows are over rated, and Bas proceeds to pretty much agree. Bas states that you hardly ever even see elbows in Kickboxing.. As I do and train others in MT I find this to be horse ****.
I train my guys to use elbows in the clinch, coming out of the clinch, going into the clinch, and as part of other combos. I see them throwing them in sparing, No contact when we shadow spar, but light contact when the headgear is on.
I think the reason we do not see more elbows outside of Thai Land is the lack of focus on them in training. When we fight we fall back on out training, the muscle memory takes over.
So rather than typing another hour. I will just say I love elbow attacks. What to you guys think of them.