0114 – Tools of Unarmed Self-Defense: Your Knees

The premier striking tool we posses as unarmed combatants is without a doubt our knees.

Advantages of the knee

  • Built of bone
  • Surrounded by powerful muscles
  • Can be deployed when we are tied up up top

Disadvantages of the knee

  • Range
  • Stability
  • Patella

Technique

  • Strike with the knee of the leg that is to the rear of our fighting stance
  • Lift the foot and drive the knee straight into your target
  • If the opportunity arises to strike upward
    • Strike with the knee of the leg that is to the rear of our fighting stance
    • Lift the foot and drive the knee up and forward into your target

Targets

  • With an attacker directly in front of us any part of the body from just above the height of our knee to just below our belt is a reasonable target
  • Targets of opportunity

Comments about hands, elbows and knees

  • My comments have often directed to situations where you and your attacker are both standing
  • These unarmed defensive skills are applicable in a wide variety of situations
    • Attacker and Defender on ground
    • Attacker on top
    • Defender on top
    • Attacker on ground Defender standing
    • Attacker standing Defender on the ground
  • Our target of choice is the head but we must be ready and willing to strike any target of opportunity that presents itself.
  • There is not one strike that is better than any other strike in every situation
    • We must consider the fact that we will need to work in combinations
    • When the focus is up strike down
    • When the focus is down strike up
    • Same is true for left and right
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