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Old 10-15-2002, 10:30 AM   #35
Kevin Wilbanks
Location: Seattle/Southern Wisconsin
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 788
What injury is prevented by bending the elbow during nikkyo? For the most part, keeping the elbow stiff seems to actually protect the wrist, unless nage resorts to doing that up and back trick at high speed. It exposes the elbow to injury, but nage has to switch to an arm bar to exploit it. As far as openings go, bending the elbow exposes uke to being immobilized in a crouching position and wide open to a face punch or knee to the face - locking the elbow exposes one to a face kick and the possibility of nage taking one's back. To me it all seems to balance out. Unless nage's technique is weak or slow enough to admit a reversal, you're pretty much whether you extend your elbow or not.
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