Using the elbow to complete a cavalier is more unusual than commonplace.

This cavalier is most typically trained in response to a failed attempt to utilize the hands in making a cavalier to strip a knife from an attackers hand. The elbow cavalier is in many respects a last resort, because the completed movement often removes the knife to the floor – creating the potential for an additional threat.

Another safety issue that needs consideration is the elbow travelling towards the knife hand with the potential for severely cutting your forearm as you make the elbow. In the video below, I address these issues and offer an approach that mitigates these risks. Enjoy!

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  1. Duc

    Hello, I like that technique alot and it makes sense for a last resort. In which defense does your left hand grasp the attacker arm in that way? If I remember correctly, when blocking and countering a downward stab, bringing the knife hand behind the attacker in control position, then bringing knife hand towards you for the disarm. With that normal technique, your left hand would be holding the attackers knife hand in reverse with your thumb up?

    Sorry for the long post. Thank you for answering. I was just a tad confused.

    • DUC, this particular grip is used after a straight stab defense. Try it; you’ll see the progression. Thanks for the question.