This section provides instructions for a wide variety of martial arts knee strikes. These techniques are effective for many close range situations. While knee strikes are not allowed in some martial arts sparring matches for safety reasons, they are used extensively in sparring by many other martial arts such as Muay Thai.
Given the shorter range of knee strikes (versus kicks and punches), this technique is often combined with clinching or holding the attacker so he can not escape and move outside the limited range of the knee strike. Self-defense targets for a knee strike include the attacker’s head/chin, ribs, groin, quad muscles, etc.
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Knee Strikes – Click on a specific knee strike for video and/or written instructions
- Diagonal Knee Strike
- Flying Knee Strike
- Front Knee Strike – The front knee strike is also known as a vertical knee strike.
- Jumping Knee Strike
- Knee Bomb – The knee bomb is a well known Muay Thai technique.
- Knee Drop
- Knee Thrust
- Round Knee Strike – A round knee strike is also known as a lateral knee strike, horizontal knee strike, etc.
Knee Strike Related-Techniques
- Defense Against Knee Strikes – Krav Maga Technique
Instructional Video – Round Knee Strikes
Instructional Video – Front Knee Strikes
Martial Arts Knee Strikes – Knee Strike to Ribs
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