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Troy has his head down in my closed guard.

As I let go of Troy's head, his head snaps back into me and I throw my right elbow into his temple.

I maneuver both hands to Troy's face and push his head away from me to create space.

I follow through with the elbow to cause the most damage.

I immediately pull my right arm out from underneath Troy.

elbows from closed guard

Lying on your back isn't the optimal position from which to strike, but you've still got some options. You can land open palm strikes to your opponent's ears in hopes of damaging his eardrums, and you can strike his kidneys with your heels. But perhaps your best striking option is to land an elbow to your opponent's head. The optimal time to use this technique is when your opponent is stalling on top of you or while he's trying to stabilize his position after taking you down. Placing both hands on his head, you want to force his head to one side with your arms. His reaction will most likely be to drive his head back into you. The moment he does this, you release his head. As his head snaps back toward you, unleash the elbow strike. You probably won't get the knockout, but it's quite possible to open a cut. At the very least, you will create movement.

As I let go of Troy's head, his head snaps back into me and I throw my right elbow into his temple.

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