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

  1. Fantastic! I am a 68 year old grandma and 4’9″ due to serious back surgery. Now that I’m also a widow I sometimes feel vulnerable when out in public. My spouse was a member of the SOB club several times over and I had a sense of security when with him. These types of videos help to give me a feeling of empowerment so I can go out again to do what I need to do. Oh, I always keep my eyes moving to keep assessing what’s around me. Thanks.

  2. Love the content but it seems everything is based on successfully blocking or avoiding the first punch. What if you don’t and get nailed then what? Or is it fairly easy to see it coming and react appropriately?

  3. FOR ALL OF YOU THAT KNOW VERY LITTLE ABOUT THE MARTIAL ARTS – I WILL TELL YOU THIS INSTRUCTOR IS GIVING YOU THE VERY BEST INFORMATION AND TECHNIQUES TO MAYBE SAVE YOUR LIFE IF EVER NEEDED. YOU MUST PRACTICE THIS IN ORDER FOR YOU TO USE IT. DO NOT THINK I AM SAYING THIS OUT OF THE BLUE AS I HOLD 8 DEGREES OF BLACK BELT IN MARTIAL ARTS AND A SENIOR INSTRUCTOR MYSELF. I WAS TRAINED IN KOREA BY THE KOREANS(THEY DO NOT PLAY GAMES AND WHAT I LEARNED IS NOT A SPORTS STYLE) AND THEY TAUGHT ME THE VERY SAME TECHNIQUES THAT YOU ARE SEEING IN THE VIDEO. PRACTICE THEM AND YOU CAN USE THEM, THE TECHNIQUES WILL WORK TO DEFEND YOURSELF FROM AN ATTACK – – – – – YOU MUST PRACTICE THOUGH. THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVES FOR THIS KIND OF ATTACK.

  4. I prefer very little contact with an assailant. If one comes at me, depending on how fast his approach, i put my hands or fists up, when he gets close enough with his forward momentum, i drop my ass to the ground, put my foot where his leg&hip meet at the right side of the pelvis, grabbing his heel or pant’s cuff & watch’m soar. Stay holding the heel or cuff all the way, and his head will crack open against the ground, asphalt, concrete, etc.

  5. You spoke of this expert in an art that uses the attackers weight , size, strength to HIS disadvantage. Which ALL sounds like the aikido i took.

  6. I have experience as a security patrol officer, and this technique is excellent. The only way to demoralize an attacker is to take them to the floor, as they then realize that they do not have power over YOU, their potential victim. The options of breaking bones, etc., is decided by the attacker as they choose the level of force used against them in order to stop them continuing the assault/attack.

  7. Very nice! For anyone watching this pay close attention to what the instructor is doing and telling you because this all true,. He is sharing with you his knowledge show him the proper RESPECT.
    WHY BELIVE ME, my name is John R . Williams and yes I hold A BLACK BELT IN THE MARTIAL ARTS.
    I STUDIED UNDER GRAND MASTER LARRY HILTON AND PROFESSOR C.G.(PAT) BURKE. PAT BURKE TRAINED ELITE RANGERS. If you want to check this please feel free to do store, I do know what I speak and this man is showing you very good information. And if he wasn’t I would also tell u that also.

  8. Hi to whom it may concern i am a Liberian your method has make me confident on the street, with the knowledge given to me by your organization i am quit shore that you will need me as an operative with in the CTU to handle dangerous satiation as undercover cop my Regards.

  9. I really like your slow by the number demonstration and explanation. I’m a 20 year army vetran in a wheel chair. I have been looking for a specially designed self defense course for the handicapped. Can you help all of us physically impaired individuals? PLEASE>>>>>>>>

  10. Great advice I studied tactical and have several blackbelt belt which mean a lot to me but they are only a piece of cloth it your knowledge and knowling what todo that will save your ass My goal is to go home safe and to protect my love ones. I have studied under some great grandmasters

  11. I like what you are teaching I have several blackbelt s and tactical training. I love what my black belts mean to me but they are only a piece of cloth it what tools u have in your tool box at the end of the. My goal is to go home safe and protect my lived ones

  12. I have used the Adams apple to take down an aggressor when I was younger, and it’s very effective. Never used a elbow lock before, thanks for the info

  13. Really good technique. Wish I had this training when I was young/er. It would have built my skills and confidence to handle situations … even in boot camp.

  14. Good technique. Wish I was younger and order the videos. Almost 73 y.o. and street fighting is definitely something I never want to have to do… It’s better to avoid those places and consequences that put one at risk…

  15. Mr. Pierce,
    I’m a 58, and a newbie, but I’m definitely sold on everything I’ve seen , and will be ordering in a few days. The freebies have me convinçed that you have the best material available.at any price.
    I’m 58, have stage 4 Parkinson’s disease, have never been in a fight, and I’m a classical pianist. The thought of knuckle- busting makes me cringe. So the training videos you offer are the only ones for me.
    I’ll soon be doing a lot of solo travelling, and look forward to getting prepared to defend myself, and not be afraid to get out and see the world.
    Thanks for the free videos, and the motivation you give people like me.

  16. I love it. It’s the way it’s done. No Hollywood hype of blocking punches and all that nonsense. You lock him down immediately as fast as you can using element of surprise. You take him down using pain compliance. You can give him more of he refused to comply.

  17. Im a bouncer by trade….but Im only 175lbs 5′ 11″
    Your techniques make me 100% confidence at work.
    Thank you.

  18. Gabriel,

    It is strange that I have been thinking about this, being attacked first rather than being prepared for an attack. Surprise attacks can be nasty, but with this one tip, that you, Mr. Garcia, have provided, I can feel a little less afraid of a surprise attack and a little more prepared if/when a surprise attack occurs.

    Thank you,

    JP Watson

    Semper Fi!

  19. “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”
    Sure, if you can anticipate his thrown punch. Most people, when walking with friends, are too absorbed in conversation and are not alert enough to anticipate a hit. Especially the knock out type from a bunch of thugs stalking you. I would think that if you have to walk around always skeptical of your surroundings, and paranoid you’re going to get attacked, go walk in another neighborhood. We older folk aren’t as quick and nimble anymore as you muscle boys. That said, this is a good technique if you are as alert and nimble as a jungle cat.

  20. I love it talk about taking control that would definitely do it. Same thing my father told me always grab the fingers and here it is in a video keep up the good work guys.

  21. Cool move going home tonight and working it with my kid. Where can I get the previous seen mini courses at, newby to the site.

  22. Great video I really learn a lot from these demos I hope to acquire as many of these demos as possible to practice and cherish and later teach my wife and kids thanks a lot fight fast blog