In my opinion the idea of basing a system of self defence around using the elbows to block is a little "Holywood" but in fairness ive not seen that video so I shouldn't be too harsh. In principal its a great idea, the elbows are second to none for destructive blocking. The only problem is that when put "on the spot" it takes a lot of pre programmed practice and / or lots of luck to connect with the elbow all or even some of the time. That being said, when it comes to an "intermediate" range of fighting, where elbows/knees etc are most effective, I prefer a system whereby I have both hands clenched at my temples with the arms hanging verticaly down, much like a western boxers guard. From here you can both throw elbows and forearms from all different angles, but also minor adjustments enable the elbow to be more effective than normal in blocking attacks. That being said, no plan survives contact with the enemy anyway, so though useful and something to aim for I suggest its very hard to guarentee in practice.
[This message has been edited by MrVigerous (edited 04-22-2003).]