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Jeff W. Rosser's New Book: Combative Elbow Strikes

Combative Elbow Strikes:  A Guide to Strikes, Blocks, Locks, and Take Downs is an in-depth analysis of the practical applications for five of the most common elbow strikes found in Karate and Taekwondo.  While conventional wisdom holds that an elbow strike is simply a technique used for close-range striking, I believe that the movements used in executing these elbow strikes are highly versatile and applicable to a wide range of situations.  In this book, I demonstrate how a technique as simple and as crude as an elbow strike can be used for executing blocks, joint locks, throws, take downs, chokes, pins, traps, releases, and ground fighting in addition to striking.  Containing over 250 photographs, this book presents more than 50 applications for just five elbow strikes, while also including instructions on how to generate power and execute the elbow strikes in an efficient and effective manner.

On sale now from Turtle Press.  Available through Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, Google Play, iTunes, and all major book retailers.

Here are some videos where I demonstrate applications from the book using the upward, downward, outward, and round elbow strikes.

Upward Elbow Strike / Inside Brush Block and Escape to Arm Bar

Upward Elbow Strike / Inside Brush Block and Arm Bar to Take Down

Upward Elbow Strike / Inside Brush Block and Key Lock to Take Down

Low Line Outward Elbow Strike to Upward Elbow Strike and Arm Bar

High Line Outward Elbow Strike to Downward Elbow Strike and Take Down

Round Elbow Strike - Pronating, Supinating, and Adductive Wrist Lock Applications

Jeff W. Rosser is a teacher, martial arts instructor, and writer currently residing in South Korea. He is a former AAU U.S.A. National Karate Team member and has competed internationally in Karate and Taekwondo, medaling in Taekwondo. He began training in Shorin-Ryu Karate in 1991 and now has over twenty-three years of experience in the martial arts. In addition to Shorin-Ryu Karate, he has also trained in Kukki Taekwondo, Shuri-Te Ju-Jutsu, Judo, American Open Karate, and wrestling. Jeff is a columnist for Taekwondo Times Magazine, writing "The Hidden Art," and a monthly contributor to Totally Taekwondo Magazine.  Contact info: www.mawriter.webs.com (website)



Iain Abernethy
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My review of the book:

In this book Jeff Rosser has done a superb job of showing the versatility of the elbow strikes found within karate and taekwondo. He has shown how elbows can be applied in a large variety of situations and hence I feel this book will be instrumental in bringing this very important martial skill set back to the forefront of traditional martial practice. Jeff is one of a new breed of martial authors whose work will ensure the traditional martial arts fully embrace their past in order to ensure they are very relevant to the modern day. Highly recommended!” - Iain Abernethy 6th Dan, Chief International Coach of the World Combat Association