Well, you take away elbows from a “real” situation, and you are denying yourself of one of the most effective, simple, and powerful close range techniques. Beautiful in it’s simplicity, it can be taught to everyone from the suburbanite to the professional fighter, plus, it has the benefit of belonging to one of those rare techinques, that can actually be used in full battle rattle(armor, weapons, etc). My opinion, if elbows are not allowed in MMA, instructors will drop them from other classes as well, since (sadly) a lot of training facilities, only teach what is popular on PPV.
Yes…very important points about their value in self-defense. Elbows(from various angles) work very well in tight quarters…and from high guard…whatever self-defense method a person trains…S.P.E.A.R…etc…Krav Maga…Combatives…Crazy Monkey…whatever.
Yes…could be the difference in how I throw my lead. I kind of drop-step and torque into my lead…feels like I “get my ass behind it more.” It’s not as fast as just pivoting off lead foot…but it makes for good face-smashing power.