Today we talk about the 3 types of elbow strikes in Wing Chun.
You can see all 3 elbow strikes used in the Biu Tze form.
They may look subtly the same but each elbow does something different.
Keep in mind that elbows should only be used close range and not from a far because elbows have shorter reach than a punch so you lose half the distance.
The 3 elbow strikes in Wing Chun
1. Pinning Elbow – It is used to pin my opponent. It’s done by bringing my elbow up, around and over my opponent, then onto their chest. It’s essentially an elbow strike to the chest. The key thing is to neutralize my opponent’s two arms and strike.
2. Striking Elbow – This starts off similar like the Pinning Elbow but instead of just going around the opponent, my elbow goes straight for the strike. This should be done while inside my opponent’s space.
3. Blocking Elbow – Is done from the outside for blocking strikes or striking behind my opponent’s head in an intimate range.
These are the 3 elbow strikes. I plan to talk about how they’re used in Biu Tze form. So stay tuned for the next episode!
How often do you use elbows in Wing Chun? Let me know in the comments!