The ancient boxing proverb goes: “Far away is punched and kicked, near is the waist, hip, elbow and knees”. Knee strikes are powerful weapons for hand-to-hand combat, and it can be used both offensively and defensively.
I have sorted out a set of Shaolin knee strike methods, divided into seven moves of “rushing, lifting, topping, blocking, flying, and horizontal”, and I will share them with you.
First, impact the knee
Impact knee attacks are used for medium and close-range combat. When the enemy attacks us with a fist or leg, we dodge straight to avoid the enemy’s attack, and then go straight into the enemy’s middle door to carry out a knee attack.
For example, if the enemy violently attacks us with his fists and legs, after we dodge, we take advantage of the moment when the enemy’s attack is in the air, hook the enemy’s neck with our right hand, and slam the enemy’s chest and abdomen with the forward thrust of the left knee (Figure 1).
Second, lift the knee
When the enemy attacks us at a very fast speed, we dodge left and right with agile body, and we do not retreat with footwork, but vigorously raise our knees and attack the enemy’s middle and lower disc points from the bottom up.
For example, if the enemy performs a very fast punch and leg combination, our side does not retreat, after dodging the enemy’s attack, we violently raise the knee and attack the enemy’s crotch and abdomen from the bottom up (Figure 2).
3. Hit the knee
Top knee attack is our defensive knee attack method.
For example, if the enemy attacks our head with a fist, I lean back to dodge and raise my knee to hit the enemy’s crotch and abdomen, crushing the enemy (Figure 3).
Fourth, block knees
Blocking is a defensive knee.
For example, if the enemy attacks our middle plate with the leg method, we can immediately raise the knee to block the enemy’s calf to defuse the enemy’s attack (Figure 4).
5. Knee striking
Knee reclining is a lateral knee lift, an arc-shaped line, and a partial assault method to lean on the enemy’s elbow or attack the enemy’s upper disc jaw and temples.
For example, the enemy violently attacks our upper plate with a fist, and we dodge sideways to the enemy’s flank while hitting the enemy’s jaw with a knee (Figure 5).
6. Flying knees
Flying knee is our active offensive knee method in medium and long distances.
For example, when we confront each other with the enemy at medium or long distances, we suddenly take the initiative to attack the enemy’s middle and upper plates with flying knees (Figure 6)
7. Hit the knee horizontally
In hand-to-hand combat, when the two sides are grappling, we can attack with a cross knee.
For example, if the two sides are grappling with each other and the two sides are entangled with each other, we can hit the enemy’s ribs from the side with a horizontal knee (Figure 7).