a reply to: Lysergic
It was strange to look at, but from a kinetic point of view, it makes a lot more sense than most of the elbow strikes you see in combat sports. This
elbow hit like an uppercut swung from almost floor height. Look at the direction of the forces applied. Its almost perfectly upward. Now, that
alignment may appear incredibly awkward, and it absolutely is. But, it also allows the body to generate an ENORMOUS amount of force. A slight flex of
the knees, rolling up the body to the shoulder, and POW! Force generated directly away from the ground, into a part of the body which can roll back
and forth, side to side, but has very little ability to withstand direct attack from beneath. If that strike had hit in any other way than directly on
point of aim, it would have failed to knock out the target. But, that coiled power, released in just the right place, at just the right time, had
devastating results, leaving a hardy campaigner no ability to answer the shot, instead crumpling to the floor defeated and unconscious.
With this strike, so little of the movement which went into making it, had to be translated from one type of movement into another. It was all
upward. When you swing a punch, or an elbow, you are trying to turn a turning force from the hip, into a strike which will be delivered either
straight, or in an arc. Straight is better for punching, arcs are better for elbows. But there is translation necessary. A straight push from one
foot, then a turn at the hip, becoming another push from the shoulder to the fist. A straight push from one foot, then a turn at the hip, then a turn
at the shoulder and upper body to drive the elbow around.
But this shot, was virtually all upward motion, from a pre-coiled position, using the spring like tension of compression to aid the strike. It looked
like crap, but it worked like it was on greased rails. Sure, it lacked the photogenic appeal of the Ngannou knockout punch that felled Overeem, and
its not as gymnastic as some of Tenshin Nasukawa's best finishes, but it did the damned job, like it was built for the purpose.