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Simple to Use Elbow Joint Lock Takedown

In most self defense situations you want to hit your opponent first, follow up with more punishing strikes, and get the hell out of the situation as fast as possible. For that reason don’t usually emphasize blocks or joint locks that keep you close to your opponent for extended periods of time.

Joint Lock Take Down - Side Step The Attack
However there are a number of situations where you simply can’t take out your attacker and flee. On top of that knowing a few simple blocking and joint locking techniques is crucial because like it or not you will occasionally get taken by surprise, or need to control an attacker.

Lock The Elbow Joint For a Takedown
This move is perfect for a situation where a guy is coming out of nowhere with a right haymaker. As you can see in the video you simply step to the right (getting off his center line) and block the punch while simultaneously putting him into a joint lock.

In certain street fight situations it is also necessary to contain and control your attacker. If you are alone this is not a wise strategy, however we are often with loved ones or close friends and need to control the attacker to prevent others from getting hurt and give them a chance to escape.

This type of self defense requires contain and control techniques. The takedown in this video is ideal because it allows you to control him all the way to the ground and keep him compliant by putting extreme force on his elbow and shoulder joints.

Make sure you practice this self defense move on training mats, unless you don’t mind a bruised tailbone. If you want to see more techniques from Gabriel Garcia’s Mean Streets Click Here

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396 thoughts on “Simple to Use Elbow Joint Lock Takedown”

  1. If you’re not sure whether he has back-up… turn the throat grab into more of a strike (still using the web of the hand), break his elbow, throw him to the ground, and get the hell away while he is gagging and/or shrieking. Unless you have back-up, don’t try to maintain a submission hold.

  2. Great defense pattern….. block and a grappling move simultaneously stops the aggressor cold and the throat grab while taking him down and breaking the elbow finishes him off.

    I’m going to try to adapt that technique going to the outside of his stance also.

    Thanks for the tips.


  3. I like this move. It looks consise and doesn’t waste time and has many possibilities. A good basic self-defense technique. A few possibilities that is available for varying degrees when you want to pick a technique that can be used and you want to determine the outcome…from just throwing him down to more serious outcomes. This is explained very well. Thanks for thinking of me when you distributed it out. Best Wishes., Gary D. Hoover

  4. Awesome tip and your make it look simple. Does this work if weight and size is not on your side or if you are left handed and your assailant is right handed? Im a 120 pound 5‘5“ woman. Can this work on a person twice my weight?

  5. Nice basic move arm lock after opponent is on ground I knee the ribs…to maintain control adjust other knee to head or neck and continue arm joint lock

  6. love these moves . .it doesn’t matter how big your attacker is ..this is great because I am a short small person..love the other moves too

  7. Thanks for a handy countermove, I think I will break his arm to begin with, and see if he wants anything else doing before he gives in.

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  9. Hello Bob, thanks for another GREAT tip to get the yob on the deck before he gets you, and the follow on GREAT moves to break bits of him if you want to make him think twice about picking on you again, beautiful, THANKS AGAIN.

  10. Great instruction on the video. He gave many choices to follow up after getting the attacker on the ground. I just wanted to ask if you have videos intrstucting students on stepping techniques.? Eg. Movement to help
    get you out of situations if cornered or to make it difficult for the attacker to grab or engage .

  11. Hello Bob, another useful move to beat the other guy before he beats you. Thanks again for all these great videos.

  12. This is a brilliant move!…
    If you’re going to master any……master this..
    They won’t see you coming!…and you can leave them….or follow-up….perfect!…

  13. I like this take down technique it seemsike it will 100 percent of the time
    I will practice it like every thing elseyou have shown me.

  14. Well that was very impressive but it will take a lot of practice to master this one. You will need 2 good legs on you and that leaves me out.

  15. Gabriel,
    Great lesson AND easy to do for even a defender who is size-ably smaller than their attacker.
    Tom Arillotta

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  18. I think this is one of the best defensive moves I’ve seen if you want to keep him in your control once he is on the ground. A lot of practice.

  19. I really like this move. It’s very effective, using the attackers energy to take them out. Nice!!

  20. This is my favorite defence move i have seen!
    It is fast…furious…and very effective..
    Learn this…
    And you’re The Boss!…

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