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There are two variations of the Knee Kicks, or Hiza Geri – one is delivered to the front of the opponent, and one, from behind, to his back. The knee kick is a reasonable strike in close quarters combat. We will be discussing BOTH variations (with two separate videos) on this page.
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The knee kick is usually used in close quarters combat. If applied well, this can be a reasonably powerful move. Knee and elbow strikes can generate a great deal of power.
EXECUTING THE KNEE KICK TO GROIN
Simply draw the leg up and drive it into the opponent’s groin, if you are attacking from the front. You can use a twist of the hip to generate additional power. Drive your hip into the opponent’s groin.
FACTORS TO BEWARE OF
As with the KIN GERI kick, most experienced warriors will protect the groin in combat, so, against an experienced warrior you should use the knee kick when your opponent is distracted, or when his rhythm is interrupted.
Veteran warriors can sometimes take a knee kick to the groin from a beginner or intermediate level fighter, and continue fighting, so beware of this as well.
ADDITIONAL TARGETS FOR THE FORWARD KNEE KICK
If you give a forward thrusting motion to the knee kick, it can be used to attack the bladder, which is just at the belt line in the front of the body. Only attack this target if you can generate enough power in a frontal thrust with the knee, and if the angles and situation of combat are right for you to do so.
An attack to the bladder can cause intense pain, and can certainly put your opponent on the ground. If the attack is made with extreme power the bladder will burst, leading to death from extreme and widespread infection of the internal organs. Death is inevitable unless the subject is taken into surgery within fifteen minutes after the attack.
Of course, there are many simpler and more convenient attacks that can be used against the bladder, so bear that in mind. In combat, a ninja uses the easiest, most convenient, and most effective attack from his repertoire.
A CRUCIAL POINT TO REMEMBER
One crucial point to remember when using this or any other combat move, is never to strike just once. Strike repeatedly, again and again, until the opponent is visibly damaged. One blow may not cause enough damage to put the opponent down, but several blows in sequence, certainly can.
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You can use a knee strike from behind an opponent as well. Of course, this position of attack is relatively rare in combat, but can happen. One can also turn an opponent around when he is stunned, to use the knee kick to his back. Bear in mind what I said in the earlier training section about using the easiest and least time consuming movements in combat. The knee to the back requires the driving force of the hip – you must actually drive the knee INTO the back, in a thrusting, invasive movement.
TARGETS FOR THE REAR KNEE STRIKE
When you strike with the knee from behind, you can target the tailbone, the vertebrae of the lower back, or even the vertebrae in the center of the back. To successfully reach these targets with the knee kick, you will have to bend the opponent backwards. However, the knee kick is a powerful move that can indeed displace vertebrae if used correctly. An injury to the tailbone results in all the pain and discomfort of an injury to the spine, but will NOT cause paralysis. An injury to the lower or central spine could certainly cause paralysis.
Another important target for the knee kick to the back is the kidneys. A knee kick to the kidneys results in extreme pain, and will certainly put your opponent on the ground if done correctly. A powerful blow to the kidneys will cause death due to either excessive internal bleeding, infection or dysfunction of the kidneys themselves.
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