Flying knees, jumping roundhouses, spinning kicks – oh my! Flashy techniques, though difficult to master, are exactly what will catch your opponent off-guard. . .
FLASHY TECHNIQUES: THE FLYING KNEE KO
Have you not dreamed of landing a flying knee KO?
Of course you have. The flying knee KO is one of the sweetest and most spectacular finishes in all of combat sports. It even trumps the head kick, I would say.
Like the head kick, however, the flying knee is an incredibly difficult technique to land. Perhaps the right combination and setup is all it takes…
…and if there’s a team that knows how to land a flying knee KO, it would be the collection of Muay Thai champions and legends over at Evolve MMA.
In the video below, multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Penek Sitnumnoi shows 5 flying knee KO combinations you can use to land a spectacular finish:
5 JUMP KNEE KO COMBINATIONS
FLASHY TECHNIQUES ARE IN YOUR OPPONENT’S BLINDSPOT
I want to explain to you why you should learn flashy techniques. Everyone and their mother preaches “basics, basics, basics” (and they’re not wrong). I believe, though, that there is tremendous value in mastering one flashy technique – be it the jumping roundhouse, spinning wheel kick or question mark kick.
The reason is simple: no one practices their defenses. When was the last time you drilled catching a spinning wheel kick? When was the last time you worked on evading an axe kick?
These are not techniques you encounter often, so their defense is either unknown or simply not practiced. It is largely a waste of time to practice their defense just because the odds of you encountering them is minuscule. So that means that when people do encounter them… well, the results are quite something.
You remember Andy Hug? What can anyone do when Andy Hug turns into a tornado and spinning wheel kicks your thigh? The Hug-nado is not as friendly as it sounds. Even Singdam Kiatmuu9, a Lumpinee champion, was knocked out cold by a spinning wheel kick.
Pick one fancy technique, drill it to mastery, and learn its setups like you would with any other technique. When its fully prepped, deploy it with no mercy.
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- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.