KNEE STRIKE

Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS -

Tar­get: A pres­sure point known as jahng moon. “It’s lo­cated on the lower part of the rib cage,” Suh said. “Hit­ting this area is very ef­fec­tive. It’s doesn’t make the at­tacker feel like he just got a con­cus­sion like some of the kicks, but it’s very se­ri­ous. You can eas­ily break a rib, which will make it hard to �ight, hard to breathe and hard to stand. He’ll prob­a­bly be re­cov­er­ing on the ground.”

Tool: The bony part of the knee, ide­ally the kneecap. “The knee and the el­bow are the strongest nat­u­ral weapons a hu­man has,” Suh noted.

Tu­to­rial: The knee strike is ver­sa­tile enough to work against a va­ri­ety of tar­gets. “When the op­po­nent is stand­ing up­right, the knee is per­fect for hit­ting jahng moon be­cause the point is low on the ribs, and that makes it easy to reach with your knee as your knee is mov­ing up­ward,” he said.

The so­lar plexus is also a valid tar­get for a knee thrust, Suh said, but it’s higher and it’s on a ver­ti­cal sur­face. “That means if you want to hit it with a ris­ing knee, you’ll prob­a­bly have to bend your op­po­nent over,” he ex­plained. “An­gle is very im­por­tant when at­tack­ing the so­lar plexus.”

To en­hance his ef­fec­tive­ness with the knee strike, Sung Jin Suh grasps his foe’s uni­form and pulls him into the tech­nique, but the pres­sure point on the ribs that’s be­ing tar­geted also can be hit while the op­po­nent is stand­ing up­right.

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