Straight Knee Kick

The straight knee kick (Kow Dhrong) or front knee is one of the more popular Muay Thai techniques that is utilized by practitioners. It is often used when in a clinch or as a counter when an opponent leaves himself vulnerable after an attack.


To properly execute a straight knee, do the following:


  1. From a Muay Thai fighting stance, raise the knee you will be striking with and direct it towards your opponent’s mid-section… the heel of your opposite foot should be lifted.
  2. With your knee just above hip height, using your hips, drive the knee forward into your opponent. Allow your foot to pivot with the motion for maximum power.
  3. As you are driving your knee forward, your hips will rotate 45 degrees. Your front shoulder should roll up to protect the jaw while the fropnt arm should drop down to protect the ribs. Your rear hand should come across to the front shoulder and your chin should tuck in behind the elbow to protect the chin.
  4. To exit the maneuver reverse the movements back to your fighting stance.

The straight knee can also be employed from a clinch or when grasping an opponents shoulders. Obviously, arm placement will differ from these positions, however the general technique will remain the same.

Directing the knee towards the solar plexus is a devastating blow that can quickly disable an opponent, if not knock them out, as can be seen on the video below:


This is an incredibly effective and useful strike. Practice it constantly and perfect your form… there is no doubt you will be using this quite often in a match!

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    [...] Kow Dhrong or straight knee strike is a technique that in Muay Thai that goes straight into the opponent’s body. The Khao Dhrong [...]

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