Knees are best delivered while grabbing the opponent and pulling the target area towards the striking instrument, however, they can be delivered without grabbing. Jumping into the air while delivering a knee strike can add power to the technique. Standing on tip-toes or the ball of one's foot while delivering a knee strike with the other leg is unique to this art.
It is believed that doing so adds power to the technique and increases the reach of the attacking leg. Both knees can strike straight upwards simultaneously towards the chest, head, shoulders, or solar plexus of the opponent and such a technique is called the double knee.
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Every knee strike is delivered with the twisting of the hips and the turning of the waist. There is an elevating maneuver in which one leg is used to step upon one of the opponent's thighs acting as the elevating support while the other leg executes a knee. Sometimes, one hand is used for grabbing the opponent's neck or shoulder so that balance is maintained during execution.
Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000
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