After looking over the last dozen or so video posts I realized I have been focusing on strikes, attacks, and joint locks that utilize mostly the upper body.
You don’t want to be a one sided fighter so it is important to know technique you can use if your hands and elbows are not free to strike.
The knees are one of the most powerful self defense weapons a person has, so this weeks video teaches you just how simple using the knees can be.
Much like the elbows the knees are able to do two things other self defense weapons can’t: First they are able to create a large amount of force in tight spaces, and second they are sturdy so your risk of getting your knee injured while striking is minimal.
It is best to end a fight by getting in close and striking a sensitive target. A job the knees are perfect for. Once you are inside close most fighters won’t know what to do (they rely on punches and kicks). However getting in close means that you will have to pass through the punching range to get there. This is where distraction techniques come into play.
Even though you may have distracted your opponent you still have to keep your guard up as you move in, as Gabriel demonstrates in the video.
Once you are in tight simply drive your knee into his stomach, solar plexus, or groin. I recommend the groin.
You really want to try to grab a hold of the back of your attackers head as you strike. This will pull him into your strike and set you up for a followup to the face.
A single knee strike to the groin is probably not going to end the fight, but a knee to the groin followed by a well executed knee to the face probably will.
This move is all about getting in close, taking control or your attacker (by grabbing his head), and getting a few quick strikes in to end the fight quickly.
For more of Gabriel Garcia’s quick, simple, and to the point self defense instruction check out Mean Streets.