Any Muay Thai practitioner knows the devastating power behind the knee strike. It is most often used in the clinch and in close range. The knee is one of the most powerful weapons a Muay Thai fighter could have in his arsenal, as it carries the power to knock out his opponent. One of the most powerful knee techniques is the flying knee or jump knee. It is considered to be an advanced Muay Thai knee technique that is both a crowd-pleaser and a great way to KO your opponent. The jump knee requires excellent timing as it leaves you open for many counter attacks and it can be used to strike your opponent’s head or body.
Are you interested in adding the jump knee to your arsenal? Today, Evolve Daily reveals How To Use The Jump Knee In Muay Thai:
1) Step before executing the jump knee
In this video, watch as multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Muangfalek Kiatvichian demonstrates a jump knee combination. As his opponent throws a left kick, Muangfalek uses the cross block to defend. From here, he launches a left push kick to off-balance his opponent and create space and range for the flying knee. Notice how Muangfalek steps first before executing the jump knee as a feint and close the distance for him to land the knee.
Tip: Stepping will help you get into better range for the jump knee. It will also help you maintain your balance since you are on one foot.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun demonstrates 5 jump switch knee combinations. The jump switch knee is more commonly used when executing the jump knee. As you switch knees mid air, you end up throwing your opponent off since he expects a knee from that switching leg. The motion of switching also helps you generate more momentum to land the knee you intend to land on your opponent, which means a higher chance of a knockout.
Tip: Switching is a great way to confuse and misdirect your opponent. When you switch, you make your opponent focus on one leg while you use the other to attack.
3) Finish with an elbow
Nobody is more familiar with deadly knee strikes than multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sagetdao Petpayathai. A Muay Khao (knee fighter), Sagetdao always looks to attack with his knees in a fight.
In this video, Sagetdao shows 4 jumping knee and elbow combinations. Watch how he sets it up with punches and teeps before landing the jump knee, followed by an elbow. Sagetdao aims for his opponent’s rib cage and solar plexus, using the impact from both the knee and elbow to knockout his opponent.
Tip: Following a jump knee with an elbow is a surefire way to KO your opponent!
As with all advanced techniques, ensure that you drill these first with your training partner before using them in sparring. Although showstopping, the jump knee is one technique that certainly needs a lot of practice. So go forth and train hard. You got this!
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