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Devastating Oblique Kick To Take Out An Attacker’s Knee

Simple But Devastating

The simplicity of this kick is exactly what makes it so effective. When adrenaline is rushing through your system this is exactly the kind of simple and effective move you will be able to remember and execute in the heat of the moment. This self-defense technique targets the knee, which as you know is a very vulnerable joint. Not only is it anatomically vulnerable, but it is rarely defended by an attacker who is much more worried about a punch to his face.

Breaking It Down

As Paul says in the video, it doesn’t get much simpler than this, and since most common fighting stances put one leg (the lead leg) in front of the other, most attackers will be sending you an open invitation to take out that lead knee.

The key to making this move successful is to strike the knee right when your opponent shows signs of throwing a punch. By making the move quick you will strike him first, taking out his ability to stand and deliver the punch, but keep in mind, this is not a lead-off move. Your attacker must be distracted in order to use this little self-defense trick.

Practice Tips

When you are practicing this self-defense technique be sure to have your partner keep his knee bent and aim for his shin. The knee is very sensitive and even at practice speed landing your foot on a locked-out knee can cause a lot of damage.

With that said, go practice this technique. It’s way too easy not to learn and adds one more self-defense technique to your bag of nasty fighting tricks.

About the Author

Paul is a Jeet Kune Do master who learned under Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s main student and training partner). He is also a master in several other arts and is so well respected in the industry that he was hired by the Navy to teach his hand-to-hand and knife fighting skills to the Navy SEALs, including the elite SEAL Team 6.

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191 thoughts on “Devastating Oblique Kick To Take Out An Attacker’s Knee”

  1. You should see to sent yr full style
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  2. Smooth action there, and very likely painful to your opponent, NICE. Thanks for another way to hurt the other guy.

  3. I’ve seen this before, I’ve never used it, but in theory I would like the ability to strike where he isn’t paying attention

    PS thanks a lot

  4. Thanks for this
    Am grateful for anything you can show me where a weaker person can defend against a much stronger opponent.
    Maz

  5. I liked it better when I could save things to pinterest as I have no interest in joining up with the ones you have suggested.

  6. I have learned a lot from all your videos and have been a survival est for years am always ready to learn new tecknecks that are easy to rember and easy to practice

  7. A very simple and honest Defense techniques most people will on doubtedly never think about no one protects their full of knee because that’s not where the focus is that

  8. I have said this before and I will, without doubt, say it again. My favourite punch is a throat jab with a tigers paw fist (fingers folded), my favourite kick is to take out the knee. I have done both many times, always with 100% success. Size does not come into it, in fact, a heavier man goes down even harder. Now, once it is understood that ‘we’ know this method, it must be assumed that the opponent knows it too. Defense below the knee is complex, the best method is to just move it out of the way. Always understand that what you know they know. Knowledge is not the reserve of any one person. This knee kick is devastating, it puts the target into a position where you can ensure that they don’t get back up again.

  9. Robert Pippin, a very good point, fighting from a wheelchair is hard.

    An effective weapon to use from a wheelchair is a fishing sinker on a length of string. Half a metre, 18 inches to those in Burma and the USA, with a T-handle on one end and a sinker in the other makes a damaging hole in the target. Make one, play with it, see how it punches through a newspaper. Very easy to use, easy to carry, a low signature on a metal detector and it’s not illegal to carry like a knife is in many places, it also provides reach where reach is limited.

  10. Thank you so much for these informative and amazing videos….AND THEY ARE FREE!! You are such a great human to do this for the weak to keep us alive! I send out huge blessings to you…its not about money. Thank you Thank you Thank you! Btw, that’s my fav move!

  11. Fantastic! Paul always comes up with the most useful self-defense fighting techniques.

  12. If Paul developed a dislikng to me, I’d bow and walk away cautiously ! I really like my knees !

  13. I have had two total knee replacements. How will this move effect my knees by learning this and actually having to do this in a confrontation?

  14. Thank you so much for the videos. I watch them faithfully and remember.
    I am 71. When I was 7 my parents moved from New York to Georgia. I was short, overweight, very tanned and had a funny sounding name. After three years of having my butt kicked by bullies, my parents had me trained at Pete Rademacher’s gym in Columbus Georgia by a French kickboxer and Martial Arts expert who trained Rangers at Fort Benning. Wow, that shows how ancient I am. From age 11 to now, I attribute my self confidence and success to God and the martial arts training I have received over my life. Your videos are great. I recall the moves and play around with my 35 year old stuntman son in law takes every opportunity to let me know just how old I really am. Are there self defense programs for older Karate Kids like myself? You know, so I can surprise my son in law?

  15. INTERESTED IN LETHAL MOVES TO KILL ATTACKER…BEEN ATTACKED..RAPED AND AVOIDED 4 ATTEMPTS ON MY LIFE….I FEAR FOR MY LIFE!

  16. Great simple kick, especially if you displace the person and take over the space they were standing in as Target Focus Training teaches.. Thanks for providing simple easy to learn moves.

  17. Thank you for the information. I am 68 one knee replacement and the other is bone to bone. I believe I could still do that move. I go down trying anyhow

  18. Just remember to tell them all do not miss if you do game over everyone deserves to know you only get one chance at that one

  19. Very impressive. Ive had both knees total replacement and i know this move will stop the fight quickly. Thanks Bob Pierce for your hard work to keep us in the survival mode.

  20. These video’s have sparked my Military training again. Things i have all but forgotten has now brought me back up to date with my defense training,

    Thanks
    Pat Woods

  21. Paul Vunak offers good demonstrations along with easy to understand explanations. I always like to watch his videos. I understand he is also skilled with knives.

  22. Great move. I always knew you can take anyone down this way. I just didn’t know the details on how to deliver it successfully. Thanks

  23. Very good to know info. I have thought of the same move many times but am realizing that muscle memory is critical.