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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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135 thoughts on “Devastating Oblique Kick to Take Out Attackers Knee”

  1. Paul is amazing,
    My female friend and i love his videos, and practice.
    Paul is a perfect example of a low key, mellow looking guy, looks like a tennis coach, no hard guy tude,
    but total stealth ass kicker, really admire him.

  2. That is good info. I find it easier when someone grabs me with both hands they have just tied up 2 of their weapons. Go in for a knee lock rock forward to break the knee they also go to the ground with ease and you will have the chance to finish them or if they are in so much pain and don’t want to engage you anymore you can simply walk away or call police which ever you prefer.
    Thanks fight fast

  3. Simple,quick,effective and easy to recall in a street fight situation.
    Thanks for the vids guys.
    Keep ’em coming!

  4. Thanks from the age 65 and up crowd. We are not going to over power a younger punk so a few quick tricks and separate are my plan. From there regroup and decide if deadly force is your best option. Keep up the great teaching and maybe develop age specific training.

  5. I was shone a similar technique but with a different kick. The kick he showed the class to do it with was a sidekick. I have to say l like Paul’s way better because it’s faster. The sidekick is powerful kick but it’s slower and takes more time to master. ?

  6. Nice work guys I’m a South African staying in Cape Town ex old”” SADF and your videos bring back a lot of memories and have helped me out of a lot of tight spots in the past and I hope your viewers will learn from you guys. Simple and invaluable.

  7. Again, Paul Vunak is so calm and explains the technique so clearly it’s so easy to learn from him. Like the head butt it’s another technique that can be priceless when you’re trying to find a solution to end the fight or turn the situation to your advantage.

  8. That looks like a very simple and painful move. I messed up my left knee when I use to race. It still bothers me to this day. I have had surgeries on it but I still have to be careful with it. That was about 40 years ago.

  9. Looks and sounds good to me, us old farts don’t like to have to go to the ground if we don’t have to.

  10. That for sure is a great move and I know about knee damage. If I had 2 descent legs I could use that move. I just thank the good Lord for what I have left.

  11. I’m too old now to take a whipping and spar around, so quick, easy techniques like this will be quite handy. Even in my late 70’s I can kick high enough to hit a knee.

  12. 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

  13. 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


  15. 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.

  16. 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!!!