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Keep Your Elbows Close

One of the things my sensei always says is to "keep your elbows close to your body." This simple rule can have remarkable results. The closer your elbows are to your body, the better your arms can connect to your core (koshi).

The same rule applies in Yamani-Ryu Bojutsu. The closer your elbows are to your body, the better the bo can connect to your core (koshi). This is one of the secrets of whiplike, explosive movement.

When blocking, your elbow should generally not extend more than one fist from your body. During the process of generating and transferring power, it will often be much closer.

When your elbow is overextended, it is vulnerable to attack, particularly arm bars and wrenches. It also makes you easier to throw and exposes your body.

Keep your elbows close to your body.

Respectfully,

Charles C. Goodin