Elbows are pointy and bony and can be painful. Mine are really little and pointy and very painful; or so I’m told. Taywin has instructed me before on how to dig the elbows down into the collarbone and chest when grabbing the top of the head in the “apple”, but he showed me here how to dig the elbows into the arms of an opponent who has taken the double hold on my head. It SUCKS.
Unfortunately I’m doing the elbow into the arm on the opposite side from where the camera can see. But my hands on top of his head are ridiculous – they should be locked up (and in gloves), and then you just put your elbow down into the fleshy part of the bicep, right between the muscles and press down. It helps to have your hips in. Play around with it with a partner; you’ll find the spot really quickly and won’t need to adjust much to find it again. For reference, look where Taywin and I keep rubbing our arms.
At about 0:04:15 he’s showing me how to clamp down on the head and shoulders when you’re in a tie up and basically “crush” your way out. Again, this sucks… and is really effective. Dig your chin into the shoulder (hurts) and drop your weight a bit or a lot, depending on your size and hold.
At 0:05:50 or so he’s showing me how to block on the inside of your opponent’s arm and then turn, pulling the neck and pushing with the inside bar of your forearm while stepping to the side (which I don’t do at first) in order to flip them. You kind of duck under the arm as you turn.