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7 Elbows

This diagram is my own personal reference for the 7 elbow strike combinations taught by Krav maga. Darker, transparent arms reflect the striking punch, or the end of the elbow technique. All methods start from the aggressive Fighting Stance. The first three show a top view, as the arm level is consistent to yours, subsequent attacks require some arm adjustment, and have a side view accordingly:

Chart of 7 Elbow techniques: View the layout

Verbal Outline:

  1. Cock your elbow back (exaggerated for the drawing) for an aggressive straight elbow to the opponents chest to head location (head preferred). Careful to use your body as the power, not simply your arm.
  2. Transfer your elbow, parallel to your body, sideways with a stab of the elbow to your opponent
  3. Elbow back, targeting the opponents chest to head. Remember to look a split second prior to attack, lest ye land it in a not so comfortable location
  4. Drive the elbow low and back to the opponents abdomen or below
  5. Drive the elbow from low to high; an uppercut elbow of sorts that should clear space and direct contact to your opponents chin
  6. Reverse of number 5, swing the elbow to an uppercut to the front attackers chin
  7. Drive your elbow up, then down, in a hammerfist manner that finds the full force of your body weight as support


  1. Kravazon
    November 4th, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Thanks for posting this diagram! I can never remember all 7 elbows… but this will help a TON!

  2. Brady J. Frey
    November 4th, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I’m happy to help:). New diagrams coming soon, I’ve neglected my notes!

  3. Amanda Mcmillen
    October 21st, 2010 at 6:57 am

    How do i get one of these showing my goals n what not??? Im also interested in the seven elbows.
    Please email me back:)

  4. Mike
    November 7th, 2010 at 8:45 am

    Thanks a lot for this. I’m testing for my yellow belt next week and this site is a great resource.

  5. Katie
    January 5th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you so much for this! I just learned the elbow throws Monday night and was trying to show my mom but I couldn’t remember them all lol. Now I can!

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