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Muay Thai - Elbow techniques (dhee sork)

The elbow can be used in seven ways: horizontal, diagonal-upwards, diagonal-downwards, uppercut, downward, backward-spinning and flying. From the side it can be used as either a finishing move or as a way to cut the opponent's eyebrow so that blood might block his vision. The blood also raises the opponent's awareness of being hurt which could affect his performance. This is the most common way of using the elbow. The diagonal elbows are faster than the other forms, but are less powerful. The uppercut and flying elbows are the most powerful, but are slower and easier to avoid or block. The downward elbow is usually used as a finishing move.

Elbow Slash ศอกตี Sork Dhee sɔ̀ːk tīː
Horizontal Elbow ศอกตัด Sork Dhad sɔ̀ːk tàd̥
Uppercut Elbow ศอกงัด Sork Ngad sɔ̀ːk ŋád̥
Forward Elbow Thrust ศอกพุ่ง Sork Poong sɔ̀ːk pʰûŋ
Reverse Horizontal Elbow ศอกเหวี่ยงกลับ Sork Wjang Glab sɔ̀ːk wìːaŋ klàb̥
Spinning Elbow ศอกกลับ Sork Glab sɔ̀ːk klàb̥
Elbow Chop ศอกสับ Sork Sap sɔ̀ːk sàb̥
Double Elbow Chop ศอกกลับคู่ Sork Glab Koo
Mid-Air Elbow Strike กระโดดศอก Gra-dode Sork

There is also a distinct difference between a single elbow and a follow-up elbow. The single elbow is an elbow move independent from any other move, whereas a follow-up elbow is the second strike from the same arm, being a hook first with an elbow follow-up. Such elbows, and most other elbows, are used when the distance between fighters becomes too small and there is too little space to throw a hook at the opponent's head.

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