Low-Elbow Guillotine

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  1. sha Geekjitsu Black Belt

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    By now everybody has seen Marcelo's high-elbow guillotine, and it's generally regarded as a superior alternative to the traditional way of doing it (with your elbow close to your own body).

    So does that mean we should stop teaching the low-elbow way? Is there any benefit to doing it the traditional way anymore? Anybody tried out the high-elbow and then went back to the low-elbow?

    I'm asking because personally, I've never been able to get the high elbow working well. I'm trying to figure out if it's just because I haven't put enough reps in, or if it's just not always the right move for everybody?
     
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  2. Nasiello Purple Belt

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    i personally cannot for the life of me get the high elbow finish to my left side, but it works pretty money on my right side.
     
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  3. Funkoar Green Belt

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    I know quite a few people who say it doesn't work well for them. It's all about personal preference, just like some people prefer to have the arm in/out, it's just an alternative.

    I am also not sure if it is one of those moves where someone can get it right away because they are naturally gifted structurally to be able to pull it off.
     
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  4. BJJ Beginner Green Belt

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    Once I learned the high-elbow guillotine I never went back to the traditional method (except of course in situations where the high-elbow is blocked.)
     
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  5. HomerPlata Purple Belt

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    I think this answer sums it up perfectly. The "low elbow" style might not be as efficient as the Marcelo style, but there will always be situations where it's more appropriate.
     
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  6. pikeamus Blue Belt

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    If I can't get the high elbow I basically can't finish, probably since about the only reason I can't get the high elbow is because my opponent started defending early.
     
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