by Rory Coughlan
While it may be possible to be victourious in a fight using just one technique, a Muay Thai boxer who masters the use of each of their eight weapons will definitely be able to face and outdo their opponent.
Elbow strikes are very unique weapons that make Muay Thai different from other martial arts. Elbows in Muay Boran and Muay Thai can give very severe injuries to the opponent as they are used to attack when the opponent is in close quarters. The major targets for elbows are generally head facial areas including jaw, temple, neck and so on but never underestimate or think an elbow can not be used to strike another part or limb of the body. This all depends on the situation one might find themselves in. The use of elbows leads your combat strategy to be effective and also deceiving to the untrained eye of the opponent. You can maneuver and direct an elbow in any direction to attack, being vertically and horizontally or diagonally but different types will give different impact effects to the attack.
- Sok Ti-Slashing Elbow
- Sok Tad-Horizontal Elbow
- Sok Ngad -Uppercut Elbow
- Sok Chieng -Diagonal Elbow
- Sok Sab -Chopping Elbow
- Sok Tong -Smash Downward Elbow
- Sok Ku -Double Elbows
- Sok Klab -Spinning Elbow
- Kradot Sok -Mid-Air Elbow Strike
There is also a distinct difference between a single elbow and a follow-up elbow. The single elbow is an elbow technique which is independent from any other move. A follow-up elbow on the other hand, is the second strike from the same arm, being a hook or straight punch first with an elbow follow-up. Such elbows, and most other elbow strikes are used when the distance between fighters is too small and there is too little space to throw a hook at the opponent’s head. Elbows can also be utilized to great effect as blocks or defenses against for example spring knees, side body knees, body kicks or punches.
Always remember if you are a close enough to throw the elbow so your opponent.