L1 Short Weapons, Elbows & KneesChange the Distance, Change the Rules of Engagement. - Sijo
Changing the Rules and Power
MMA redefined how Martial Arts is seen. It is said, to be a good MMA Fighter you need a Martial Art, Boxing and Grappling. Long before MMA the Chinese Master knew that there are 5 components to a full fighting no holes bared and no rules martial art style, but more to that later. An all around Kung Fu Style works with distances, angles, elevation, speed variation and misdirection.
A professional fighter knows that you can only get down and dirty (ground fighting and grappling) if you are one-on-one situation and then it will be messy. Most Professional fighters (Army, Special Forces, Black..) know how to control an attacker through holds and bars but it is best to know how to do this through strikes, hyper-extension and throws; techniques that do not tie you up for too long. So, for a comprehensive, all around martial art style, we need techniques against those who want to get us down on the ground, skills that are shorter than Kicking and Punching but are a bit longer than Grabbing, Grappling, Throwing and Upsetting.
But there is also another reason; an effective way of upsetting an attacker is to change the rules of the encounter. If they are a kicker and puncher you may want to get inside their comfort zone and use techniques that are a bit shorter, closer and sometimes even more powerful. Here you have three from 21 such techniques; a start, an introduction a taste. More to come in each level.
The Strongest recorded martial art delivery to a measuring device in the past 20 years was a knee technique. Although the show comparing martial art techniques was an over-the-top show and did not compare apples with apples (the specialists from the different martial arts varied greatly in size, strength and skill level), it did show that Knee and Elbow techniques can bring a lot of pressure to bear when used correctly.