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Devastating Oblique Kick to Take Out Attackers Knee

Like Paul says in the video it doesn’t get much simpler than this. And simplicity is exactly what makes this move so effective.

When adrenaline is rushing through your system this is exactly the kind of simple and effective move you will still be able to remember and execute.

This self defense technique targets the knee which as you know is a very vulnerable joint. Not only is it anatomically vulnerable, it is rarely defended by an attacker who is much more worried about a punch to his face.

Since most common fighting stances puts one leg (the lead leg) in front of the other most attackers will be giving you an open invitation to take out that lead knee.

The key to making this move successful is to strike the knee right when he 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.

This is not a lead off move. Your attacker must be distracted in order to use this little self defense trick.

Also as Paul said in the video 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.

Oblique Kick: Strike the knee

Now go practice this technique, it’s way too easy not to learn, just one more self defense technique in your nasty bag of fighting tricks.

If you want to learn more simple and devastatingly effective street fighting techniques from Paul Vunak check out The Enigma Self-Preservation & Deadly Arts Package.

Paul is a Jeet Kune Do master who learned under Dan Inosanto (Bruce Lee’s main student and training partner). He also a master in several other arts and is so well respected in the industry 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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107 thoughts on “Devastating Oblique Kick to Take Out Attackers Knee”

  1. Hi Paul
    I am a retired police sgt. and Master sgt. USMC. I enjoy your videos very much. Being 70 years old I do not want to have a real longer fight with a young buck. You show ways of ending a fight easy. Keep up the great videos. Have a great day

    Master Sergeant James Alexander USMC retired Vietnam Vet 67-68

  2. Thank you for these video clips. They may very well one day save one of my daughters lives or mine. As a single mother and disabled I appreciate the advice and guidance you gave us through the video clips


  4. Thanks for these simple and effective techniques. Now I have one more added to my arsenal. I like the simplicity of this too, not a lot you need to remember like some moves. I’ve never been nimble enough to high kick, so all kicking at waist level and below has always been more interesting to me. Thanks again.

  5. Thanks for the Great moves, I am short, but its better to know what to do when big farts try you out, the Element of Surprise!!!

  6. Hugh Lamb, 7th Degree Blk Belt Hapkido; 5th Blk Belt Combat Hapkido; 5th degree Blk Belt S/Karate; 1st Degree. Blk Belt Ninjitsu and a 10th Kwan in Muay Thai. Have used the Oblique Kick in a combat situation and have been using the kick for longer then I care to remember. Great lead off move!!

  7. Very effective! Great technique.. no matter how big they are.. kick a guy in the knee, and he is going down in pain.

  8. Thank you again for yet another handy move. The knee is a great target, takes out the ability to move easily if at all. Again thank you

  9. Bob I’m loving the moves I’ve learned ! I feel like a well oiled Machine ! with that said I hvnt had anyone start crap with me but if they do I’m ready thanks too you I’m confident that I can hold my own on anybody & Thrive & succeed I don’t look for trouble that’s the key if u don’t start stupid shit with anyone ! But if there looking for someone to pick on I’m there man I can’t wait to try these Self defense Tactics !!! Thanx Bob !!!!!

  10. Another great move to know, but hopefully won’t need to use it. Thanks again for an informative video. Cheers.

  11. I use a similar move but ONLY in have to situations. It’s a straight forward toes to the knee. If they step toward me I push the knee backward on the leg as they step in when ALL their weight is on that knee. It causes theit body to lunge forward. If you do the 1 2 you use their body weight to apply preasure to the punch. In fact you really don’t have to punch just put your fist in the right place. Foot to the knee, fist to the face. Bada Bing Bada Bamb Over. Thanks again for another easy move.

  12. I have two bad knees and as a result I am not as fast as I yousta be,but I think I can manage some quick simple blows,thanks for caring and sharing these moves.


  14. Thanks, I appreciate the review it’s been years since I have been actively involved in using ‘automative reflex’ defense moves.
    Thank you for the reminder, I have enjoyed the review.

  15. Nice but can u come up with something for us are to steady on our feet. I have to use a cane to walk but can take about 5 good steps, but balance is some what of a problem
    it sure would help. my back is fused in 5 places ,with 68 screws, 6 rods, and 2 struts,,….. sure would be nice my left arm is about 40% useful by right hand I can still take your nose off, got good grips. anything will help

  16. For an old guy like me, a simple technique. If i had to raise my leg above the knee any higher I’d be in trouble. Thanx…….

  17. It is a highly effective more that works off how most aggressors would approach you…one leg leading, so no “set up” required (per Rick below)…taking the leading and weight bearing leg out at the knee creates major damage to the knee with months, if not years, of recovery after surgery to reconnect the ligaments that hold the knee together. I creates the classic “football knee” injury on one quick move. I learned it in the US Army in 1972…it’s a proven technique…been watching to see if anyone would demo it. Also not see yet is the nose cartilage/brain palm sweep…a fatality strike for life/death scenarios only. It was alluded to in one of the cd series, but not clearly demonstrated…perhaps due to the liability of showing “unknowns” how to do it/kill… “bigpimpin” below! Priorities: one- escape and evade to fight again; two – defend yourself against attack then execute one; and 3-see two and attack first, fast, and fiercely when under threat with highly probable attack, execute one and contact authorities to report attack and last location of disabled attacker. Don’t stick around unless lots of unbiased uncommitted witnesses to corroborate your version of the event…even then, if your identity is not known or discernible (don’t get into and leave in your vehicle), it may be wise to just leave….police will check with witnesses…may corroborate for you without confrontation. This is not offered as legal advice, just my own personal opinion and perspective on things. 🙂

  18. Wicked! Makes my knees hurt just watchin. Booom! Im a short but mighty 95 lb babe just lookin to take out the next homey that looks sideways at me. Think Ill do a crotch grab and throat punch after I cripple him.

  19. hi.. Bob some of your info is good.. I study the art of GOJO RYU karatedo classical.. and it is much better at in close stopping teqniques for a normanl street fighter being so accurate and even for a seasoned martial artist,, in a heated bout you don’t get the opportunity to set up for a move like that. having, setting up the leg for a strike. much better targets that will be presented when a threat steps in to grab.

  20. I purchased those videos decades ago. Eventually it comes down to what Bruce Lee had been preaching all along, keep it simple but effective. As a matter of fact Bruce recommended four basic moves for all situation. Knee kick as described above, groin kick, eye jab and biting.

  21. I’ve used this move and even when I’ve missed the knee and hit the shin it worked at getting my attacker away from me. Like he said most folks aren’t thinking about defending their legs.

  22. Thanks Robert. I’m a woman in my 80s who is being intimidated by a large black man who lives in the low cost apartment complex near me. I feel much more confident when I run into him now that I have seen a few of your videos. I’ve been practicing. I live entirely on SS or I would be purchasing more videos from you. Wish I could but know that your fighting techniques have really made me more comfortable when I’m out and about. I know the police can’t help me anymore because of “political correctness” now. Thanks again for your help. Barbara Wells

  23. Paul Vunak:

    You might not remember me, but I remember that we both trained at Tiger Kenpo in Long Beach CA. Glad to see that you’ve gone as far as you have. I went on to train with Randy Williams in Wing Chun and Shihan Ron Johnson in kumite ryu jiu jitsu. This is a great technique that I will incorporate in my arsenal. Peace to you!

  24. I always enjoy the practical instruction and valuable insight that Paul Vunak provides.Paul really knows what he is talking about and this oblique kick is a very valuable “tool” for the toolbox along with the ear slap,the headbutt and several others.

  25. I really like these simple tips. Over 30 years ago I learned basic army infantry tactics. Lol just enough to get me in trouble. These moves are basic and easy to do. I’m starting my 3 year old granddaughter on some basic moves. Mostly to just get her to learn how to roll and fall. She loves to play. And this just helps her play. It will also, give her the “what to look for” as well. It won’t hit now but in a couple of years it will. Thanks for the help. Steve

  26. Basic moves like this are pretty much what I stick to. Train the hell out of your basics and you can handle the average idiot.

  27. I am 62 and have a bad ‘back’ disability. My income is does not afford me much. I studied kun tao 25 years ago but am limited to what i can do. These brief tips really help me with a defense that usually doesnt cause the excruciating pain of hours of training would but help with my ability to defend myself. Thank you so very much.

  28. Yes, I agree, this is a very easy and it will work. I’ve been hit there a couple of times with this and I was just lucky that the person I was practicing with wasn’t meaning to be causing any harm. Best Wishes. – GDH

    Just slip it right in there!

  29. This is a kick used by a lot of martial arts. The first time I learned it was in Isshin Ryu back in 1993. I have seen it used in American Kenpo, Ninjitsu, Haganahs F.I.G.H.T. program, also in Tang Soo Do. Go and kick a tree or telephone pole to develop power. Wear shoes of course, within a couples of days you will have enough power to hurt or cripple someone. To make any move work you have to do the work and practice.

  30. This is the best sight I’ve ever encountered. I’ve received so much free info I’d never need to purchase any but plan on building me a self defence library in the coming months! Thank you Fight Fast! GlenHolt

  31. Thank you very much for these tips. I work in a correctional facility and I’m around inmates most of the time. I have never had to use anything I have learned yet, but I feel better and more safe while being at work.

  32. Thanks for the tip…all tips appreciated, Bob. You guys just may save someone’s bacon with your suggestions. Thank-You again and take care. Best Wishes. – GDH

    P.S.- I wish you were around doing this 50 years ago!

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  34. Paul Vunak is the real deal.Paul is both practical and pragmatic in his instructional methods and he strips away the superfluous flab and rhetoric from essential street defense.As for that Bailey person…some people are just pissed because people can now access practical street defense without having to sweat it out in some over priced dojo.What a lot of the so called purists fail to understand is that many people live in rural communities and they can`t access fully qualified instructors or training facilities and they have to rely on the internet for much of their practical instruction.In a perfect world everyone could access a competent instructor and a well equipped functional dojo but this is NOT a perfect world.Paul Vunak is providing a valuable service and we are grateful for his contribution.As for Bailey go eat S”#t and get over yourself.

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  36. Now you are talking! That is a fantastic move that anyone can remember when you are
    scared to death. Thank you, Mr. Vunak for this life saving tip!

  37. Well I have used that action twice in my life. The first time as I was getting discharged from The Marine Corps five brave men decided they were going to kick my butt cuz this would be their last shot. I didnt wait, because I was invincible at 22, I used the kick on the lead brave boy and he went down in pain and stayed there, the four brave souls backed off.
    Again I used it when I was in my 60s in a strong arm robbery attempt, he got too close worked like a charm.
    Good tips that work. I like ’em. Now as a man who is 75 and in pretty good shape, Im a target because of my age, surprise waiting.. in more than one form

    Dude McLean

  38. to Victor I don’t know who you are studying with but wing chun kicks are never above groin area you have the kneecap inside the knee outside of the knee shin and ankle anything above the waist puts you in danger I have studied wing chun for many yrs and am chung si to Joseph Cowles who learned directly from Bruce Lee who Learned from Yip Man never never kick above the groin if you are on gravel you could wind up flat on your back and in serious trouble and your chain punches down the center line are called blasting ram

  39. This comment is directed to Bailey. I don’t know about how your browser or e-mail server is set up but no one is forcing me to receive ( or watch) these video instructions. I am 59 and having grown up on the streets of NYC I have first hand experience defending myself against thugs that have no concept of the”Marquess of Queensberry rules ” I started learning to box when I was 13 and then moved on to Martial Arts. These lessons are designed to give people who are otherwise unprepared to defend themselves in the “real world” of street fighting and many of them have no concept of the realities involved nor the weak spots that every opponent has no matter how big (or small) tough or strong. No one has “tough eyes . knee caps, or wind pipes. These techniques and lessons are meant to instill the “killer instinct necessary to survive an encounter with an assailant that doesn’t care if he kill’s or maims you and the help a novice by teaching them to target areas that are vulnerable and may give the defender a chance to save their life and escape from an attacker. Since you are a trained Martial artist you obviously don’t require these rudimentary lessons. So I suggest you stop wasting your time viewing them and our time by taking up space with your negative your comments. One more thing ,your comments about your responsibility to take care of your own defense indicate a deeper seated issue with women’s issues and sexist politics. I would suggest you and your girlfriend concentrate on your political agenda and don’t confuse the one with the other ( helping people without years of self defense training have a chance of surviving an attack. You are probably no longer subscribed to this service but I wanted people who still are (especially new people) to know that the lessons and tips shown here are not going to turn someone into an instant “Bruce Lee” but they will give someone a “fighting chance” in the event they fall victim to an attack and perhaps this will also provide the impetus to motivate them to seek further training and a regiment of physical fitness. And thank you to “Fight Fast” for providing this public service. I for one have found it to be very helpful.

  40. Having suffered a devastating (and career-ending) knee injury in 1980- I feel I have a bit of authority in this particular arena. The kick shown can very easily disable or permanently cripple an opponent. Very difficult to block effectively and remember it only takes 17 lbs pressure to tear connective tissue.

  41. Wow…great move and information. Thanks for all the continuing information that you send. Being an older person, this is a simple and affective way for me to quickly end a confrontation should it happen. Thanks again and please keep them coming.

  42. A knee kick is probably one of the most effective fight-stoppers. Very few people look to defend past their face if at all. Some protect their crotch, almost none defend their knees. If someone’s eyes are locked on your face and they are throwing a punch, you will stop the fight with taking out their knee. Even if you mess up a bit and don’t destroy the joint, you will slow them down enough to get away.

  43. I to have used this kick works OK . however that said I have seen, this kick gone a little off center of the knee cap,,, this was crippling..shattered knee caps..x-rays of under side knee cap to look exactly an egg shell when slammed down flat..ending my wifes martial arts training, ..train very carefully.. ((it is taught kicking a post to train.very good idea))!!must have power to work…you will not be followed by the perp.

  44. I to have used this kick works OK . however that said I have seen, this kick gone a little off center of the knee cap,,, this was crippling..shattered knee caps..x-rays of under side knee cap to look exactly an egg shell when slammed down flat..ending my wifes martial arts training,,as well as a seconded lady ,all in about 2 seconds, in the dojo by a black belt without any control,this style of japan karate is taught full contact..train very carefully.. ((it is taught kicking a post to train.very good idea))!!must have power to work…you will not be followed by the perp….nor will he follow any one else without surgery

  45. I am 65 years old and twice i have used this technique. It is very effective. But never turn your back on anyone. Leave the area asap. You don’t want to talk with the police because you could be charged with assault even thought you were the one first attacted. If you don’t want to believe me just stick around and be arrested.

  46. Great Move, I,ve always wondered how to kick the knee to disable an attacker. I read this is a great move and, causes a lot of pain in even the largest opponents. They drop like a stone……… Thanks again guys…….. Keep up the great work !!!

  47. Perfect!

    Thank you for that simple tactic! I am really loving the course I purchased from you also. Woke me back up! I had not trained real fighting tactics since I got out of the service.

    I forgot how nice it is to get my confidence and awareness of my surroundings back. Perfect timing!

    Thank you!

  48. Really ” COOL”” Effective kick too instanly, change an attackers intent and out come…. AWESOME ” THANKS for sharing.!

  49. thanks so much paul for the free video i truly love this type of self defense & learning everything you have to offer. i am a big fan. thank you so much for taking the time. Gary.

  50. Thank you so much for these “free” lessons. A lot has gone into teaching the truth about fighting. I have learned so much and will keep following what you are presenting. I really highly recommend Paul Vunak, I have followed his training for about 20 plus years. I love the spirit of simplicity, that is the key to confident defense. Good stuff!

  51. On these training videos I’d like to see the opponent/aggressor or whatever you wanna call it/him to be a person who typically looks like a street person ie a thug/bully/ predator type,lets say a very big person with tatts and very muscly so that the viewer gets a clearer idea of how these techniques actually can work? I notice how on just about all these self defense dvds that the person who the instructor is demonstrating and showing his techniques are usually smaller or of egual size to him. Wouldnt it help the viewer to see how a smaller, weaker person can drop a person who is say for arguments sake,an enraged bohemoth of a monster type of guy who is about to tear you head off???

  52. i hope u did not gorget the trimalleous bones, with no feet or ankles abig man cannot operate. best deense against any one ifur close enough, no mater their strength, they will scream and holler . then u ha beter either waste them or run. works very well from the front no matter,the weapon or technique . spit in their face . while i was in boot camp this soldier made $500 in a half hour doing this he sat in a chair had both his hands tied. another soldier stod in front of him and threw a punch the one tied spit in the attackers face. he brougt back the very hand / or punch he threw and wiped the spit off of his while screaming at the same time my drill instructor was on a date in suit and tie . aperson tried to rob him with a knife , when atacked he spit in te persons face the knife was dropped and as he stood their wiping andscreaming the di continued walking with his date

  53. Great job Paul! Still trying to make it out to sunny CA for our 3 day training! Just been crazy schedule for me of late!!
    Hope you are well…God bless!

  54. I love these little videos…..they always remind me that even though I am much older now and crippled up….I’m still not totally defenseless.

    Hopefully in the near future, I will be able to purchase some of your videos.

    Thank you so much.

  55. A good, simple, direct technique which doesn’t require we older, stiff, banged up folks to stretch four hours a day and have the flexibility of a Cirque Du Soleil hula hoop girl. I also like the Bob Ross-like, mellow, pleasant, and warm way in which the gentleman teaches. Happy little trees and oblique kicks to the knee. Works for me, man!

  56. Thank you for ALL the videos you have sent me.I teach this to my students and have changed my way of teaching.Your videos have opened my eyes as to what real self defense is.

  57. This move looks to be a great equalizer. The tall attacker doesn’t have any advantage when you use a move like this, provided your kick is not a little love tap. If thrown with full force to the knee area, down goes your attacker. This would be one move you could walk away from your attacker instead of run away. One last thing. As you are leaving the scene of the attack, always keep the attacker in you view until you know you are safely away. This will alert you if you didn’t hurt the attacker as bad as you thought or his buddies come to his aid and he points you out as the one that did him in. When you turn your back on your oponnent you are just asking for things to go wrong.

  58. JIE..GON..DAN..YI.

    I practice Wing Chun Kung Fu daily and this is similar to one of the three kicks we use which is the front kick.

    We have three kicks: to counter a kick…kick on the knee or groin and on stomach or rib area followed by a devastating chain punches to the face, palm strike to the nose or knife-edge cutting elbow blows.

    You’re videos have been improving my fighting skills and will use what I’ve learned to my advantage.


  59. This is good stuff, keep it up….Bailey, you seem to be very in touch, knowledgeable and almost expert with the concept of what is STUPID and the whole STUPID mentality, good for you, you keep it up too.

  60. In reply to Bailey’s comment above. I think this is an excellent technique & far superior to the type of Flying Crescent Spinning Back Kick C**p I spent 20 years practicing in my Traditional Martial Arts Dojo. As for Paul not having any experience with real violence, may I suggest you do a little research, my dear.

  61. This is sad. You're 'training' these 'average joes' things they think will save them? no. what bs. your so called techniques are impractical, take too long, are obvious to the attacker, and put you off balance. not to mention it seems as though paul spent more time on his hair and on deciding whether or not to button his shirt than he did actually thinking about real world application to his technique. I highly doubt he has any experience with real violence. this is ridiculous. and, let me just say, as a woman, and a martial artist, I take great offense to your advertisement saying "her safety is your responsibility as a man". hell no. my safety is MY responsibility, and to put it in anyone else's hands makes me STUPID. just like buying into these pathetic time wasters is STUPID. 

  62. You want a better kick?…  Turn your foot all the way over the opposite direction and drive straight in with the blade of the foot.  It will allow your hips to turn which is where your power is coming from anyway.  What you are doing is a simple leg check that stops their forward movement which is ok, but it won't break a leg.

  63. Yes, indeed, sometimes just a quick pounch or kick is what you need to finish a fight, thank you for this video

  64. Thank you for these quick lessons, Sir. I personally appreciate the prudent advice.

    Very Respectfully,

    Major Jim Ivey, USA, Ret.

  65. Thank you. One of the few kicks I am actually good at. Used in once to get a blow in on a un-hittable training partner(the only blow I landed). Excellent self-defense kick. Been a fan of Paul’s for a long time.