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Muay Thai Boxing Moves : The Muay Thai Knee Strike

September 9, 2019

Hello this is Ric O’Kane on behalf of
in this clip I’m going to be using Shawn Yacoubian professional top 10 fighter to demonstrate
for the knee strike. If you like to learn more about Muay Thai you can visit
Okay Shawn is going to demonstrate the straight knee you get up on your toes, spread as much
extension as possible. Notice that he is covering his face with his arms protecting his face
to get more leverage, he pull down to the left from the left knee and pulls down to
the right to the right knee getting up on the toes. The straight knee side angle, notice
up on his toes getting as much extension as possible and the side knee, bringing the hips
out striking more with the inside surface of the knee.


  • Reply William Brunius October 14, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    his guard is too high

  • Reply SlashCoolSlash November 27, 2008 at 1:44 am

    is there a difference between Muay Thai and Thai

  • Reply igorsheludko December 27, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    It's the same thing.

  • Reply Mrcoolguy96 March 20, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    Someone told me on u tube that getting hit by a knee strick in this martial art is like being hit by a car at 30mph. Is it?

  • Reply ziggedr4y March 22, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    according to "fight science" the amount of chest compression is

  • Reply studiogeek1 April 4, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    No, YOU are wrong. One should certainly be on the toes when delivering a knee. Most Muay Thai foot techniques are on the toes.

  • Reply Aces April 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    only when your holding a person in the thai clinch like Melchor did on fight science. its not really by itself. and if you wanna go by fight science, bas rutten's roundkick crushed that record

  • Reply Paul McCluskey June 8, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I agree…being flat footed on the side knees will result in a loss of power and obvious danger to the standing leg for strikes. Also when throwing a front or spring knee the same hand as striking knee should go forward to release the energy in the body through the strike, not the opposite which causes the body to twist and restrict the dynamic force generated by the twist of the hips in the first place.

  • Reply La chaîne du Muay June 10, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    shity knee … Knee are supposed to go forward, not upward…

  • Reply ASD HIC July 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    holy cow… is his name Rick Cocaine?

  • Reply xXfedoristhebestXx July 30, 2009 at 7:41 am

    that guy would kick your ass in 4 seconds.

  • Reply krisvincent August 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    i find it hard to do a knee strike on my toes. what should i do? i think pivoting on the ball of your supporting foot fits me better. any advice on how i can improve knee strikes on my toes?

  • Reply vaughnd13 September 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm

    For starters try walking around on your toes.Then try doing short turns while on your toes.After that you should be good to go.

  • Reply millec60 September 12, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    i have those same muay thai shorts

  • Reply GODofHELLFIRE January 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Rick Cocaine

  • Reply wowspare January 3, 2010 at 8:28 am

    is this really right?

    my muay thai instructor is from thailand and he's been learning it since he was 12 and he tells me the knees must be slightly sideways when u knee someone.
    but this guy does it straight up…

  • Reply Ajatus January 15, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    @wowspare Everybody can TELL something but its different thing is it totally true. I think u dont train this "straight up" knee ever? Its different than the "sideway" knee

  • Reply ThaiBox2007 January 18, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Straight knee comes straight up your own middle to protect the crown jewls. The hand movment were a little strange. I was taught different.

  • Reply Steve M February 5, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    @wowspare Yea I think you get more momentum your way

  • Reply Fuh Q February 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    it looks weird but it's a good defense, but I was also taught just to keep your hands up

  • Reply tipsy700 June 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    actualy it's more like being in a car that crashes at 30mph, check out all the fightscience vids of nat geo

  • Reply sakattack19 June 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm


  • Reply veshkeat June 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 Can't confirm that, as I have never been hit by a car doing ANY kinds of speed, but it definately hurts. lots

  • Reply veshkeat June 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    @videogamespoofer Against low kicks, yes.

  • Reply WaxenMeatpatty August 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 uh im a muay thai fighter, getting hit by the muay thai knee isnt as drastic as a car, but none the less, if you were to get a knee delivered to the head it could knock you out, break a nose, shater teath, break a jaw, and delivered to the ribs it can break those as well, its a very powerful move.

  • Reply WaxenMeatpatty August 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    @videogamespoofer yes but only low kicks thats called a check i believe.

  • Reply dss103 August 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 no cuz most of these people are still alive lol whereas most of the people hit by the car are probably dead or mortally wounded. and yes i know im a year late with that answer

  • Reply MrEvolution133 August 18, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 Ha , yes thats true ! My teacher told me its even harder !

  • Reply WildmanPham August 21, 2010 at 6:02 am

    @Mrcoolguy96 yes. fight science they proved the most deadliest martial art movie was the muay thai knee because 1 the clinch pulls the body downward to the knee as the knee goes forward and 2 the knee is like a hammer.

  • Reply Slim Dunkin August 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 yup

  • Reply Matthew Jackson Brown September 29, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 it can be that lethal depending on how it is performed.

  • Reply aaronharun October 26, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 sum guy does it in fight sciene on a dummy designed for crashes 30 mph and it broke the dummy i think or at leat i think it does? watch it and tell me lol

  • Reply griptapesequel October 26, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    his side knee looks soooo weak…

  • Reply eatthisvr6 October 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    @videogamespoofer yes but it hurts like hell lol i much prefer to take them on the knee (hurts the other guy more but is harder to get right) or the bottom of my leg (more of there power gets through but it hurts me lees than a shin clash

  • Reply CalIingTheRain November 7, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Indeed, the knee is the most powerful force off an human body…
    Then the good old kick, followed by an elbow and then, believer or not, the punch.

  • Reply samuelbrown07 December 20, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 being hit with a knee is the same force as being hit with a sledge hammer and that is true i dont think a car at 30mph for most but i suppose it could get to that point lol

  • Reply George Ranger December 27, 2010 at 2:30 am

    @Mrcoolguy96 different type of pain, but yeh its not something youll like lol

  • Reply jimbanzo December 30, 2010 at 1:21 am

    i heard that getting hit with the knee feels exactly like getting hit with a poisonous spiked baseball batt!

  • Reply Jebron Jacobs March 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 I don't know. Probably

  • Reply totokickbutt July 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    @musardus rick o'kane

  • Reply MyHatori October 16, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    @Mrcoolguy96 Hell yes. You get hit in the ribs with knee strike you break.

  • Reply Not Dopler July 9, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    well if the knee hits your ribs…you will be on the ground out of air possibly coffing up you ribs

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