Knee-to-Thigh Strike.

Discussion in 'JKD-Kali' started by arnisador, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Where I study JKD, the headbutts-knees-elbows (HKE) approach is strongly emphasized, and of course a knee to the outside of the thigh is a common technique. In that regard, I found this story from the next county over to be interesting:

    Good news, bad news...they're teaching this technique to LEOs so I assume they feel there's evidence that's it's effective; yet, this person--who, the story hints, may have been under the influence of some sort of substance--withstood two such (attempted) strikes, and a third attempt resulted in significant injury to the deputy.
  2. Doc

    Doc New Member

    Hey arnisidor!

    First off, a knee to the side of the thigh is not a nerve strike. The sciatic nerve is pretty safely buried in the center of the back of the thigh well-protected by the surrounding muscles. Secondly, during any kind of "real" situation (as opposed to training in the gym) the stress-response will be kicking in pretty hard and significantly dulling perception of pain whether the person is on drugs or not. I didn't read the whole article, so it is unclear what the LEO was trying to accomplish with his knee strikes. Regardless, such a strike shouldn't be thought of as a "fight stopper", but rather as a means to off-balance or distract the set him up for what's coming. IMHO, it is best used as part of an entry to a takedown, lock up, or some kind of finishing blow. So I'm convinced that they work, just in the proper context...and I'm not sure of the context in the situation mentioned.

  3. arnisador

    arnisador Active Member

    Yeah, "nerve ending" can't be an accurate description of what this strike is trying to hit. I do know it can be an effective technique, however, but that as you suggest it's a good set-up/distraction for something else. I imagine they must have wanted to get him down so they could handcuff him.
  4. Brian R. VanCise

    Brian R. VanCise Senior Member Supporting Member

    Well when I went through the police academy and even up to the last time I took a PPCT & Defensive Tactics course the knee to the Common Peroneal strike was still being advocated and still considered highly effective. LEO's are also taught to target the common peroneal regularly with batons, ASP etc. It has had good success but like everything it does not work all the time. Pressure points in general sometimes work and sometimes they just do not. That is why you must have other tools that you can go to in the moment.

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