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Muay Thai Teep Push Kick – Technique Of The Week

The teep is a push kick used in muay thai. The muay thai teep is used to off balance and control distance. The teep is a kick that all martial artist should consider for sport and self defense.

Muay Thai Teep Push Kick

How To Teep

Front leg muay thai teep: from a squared fighting position, lift your lead knee towards your chest and simultaneously extend your foot towards your target, thrust your hips forward, and pushing off your supporting leg while landing with the ball of your foot.

Below is a video of Samart Payakaroon’s lead leg teep.

A muay thai teep can be done with either leg, while your rear leg generates the most power your lead leg will have the most speed. Below is a video of Saenchai’s kicking techniques, the technique to examine is the jumping switch teep.

Pros

  • controlling distance
  • pushing
  • intercepting / interrupting

Cons

  • not a finisher
  • can be caught easier than most kicks

Self Defense

The muay thai teep is naturally a strong tool for pushing due to the use of both quadriceps and hips. If you ever need to push someone back, the teep is the kick to use. Here are some reasons why you may want to teep for self defense.

  • To open an opportunity to run
  • To create distance
  • To force a step backwards towards hazardous spaces
    • vehicle traffic
    • stairs
    • water
    • to trip over objects

Targets

  • Torso
  • Face
  • Knee
  • groin
  • back (vs spinning techniques)

Muay Thai Teep Variations To Consider

  • Retracting your knee back to 90 degrees after the kick will help regain an adaptive posture for reacting or following up.
  • When teeping with your rear leg, slightly pivot your supporting foot 45 degrees to increase hip involvement.
  • after teeping with your rear leg, pivot your supporting foot back into position allows an easier route back into your stance.

Muay Thai Teep Drills

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Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife – Product Review

The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife is a fixed-blade knife designed for self defense. A lightweight knife, great retention feature, decent length, and the Secure-Ex® Sheath makes this knife my favorite conceal carry.

Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife

The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife

Details:

Blade Length: 4″
Overall Length: 6 3/4″
Weight: 2.8 oz
Handle: 2 3/4″ Long G-10
Sheath: Secure-Ex® Sheath
Pistol Grip Retention Ring

Weapon Retention Grip

The nature of being close during a knife fight makes weapon retention an important element to consider. If you can’t hold on to your knife while defending yourself, you may find yourself at the mercy of your attacker. There are many grips and techniques that will help with weapon retention but, The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife finger hole makes it a lot easier. Slightly canted to keep your wrists in a more natural position.

The Cold Steel Pro Guard : Point Guard Knife

Concealment

The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife is designed to be a neck knife. It can easily be concealed hanging around your neck and under your shirt. The knife is extremely light, only weighing 2.8 oz. making it very comfortable to wear.

Modified For Belt Concealment

I personally don’t like The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife as a neck knife so i modified the sheath in order to loop it on my belt. Using a paracord and basic knots.

The Cold Steel Pro Guard : Point Guard KnifeThe Cold Steel Pro Guard : Point Guard Knife2

Safer to Grapple and Clinch

Push button release on the sheath makes it safer than most knives to grapple and clinch with. Makes it harder for your weapon to accidentally slip out during a scuffle or for your opponent to draw your Cold Steel Point Guard off your hip.

Pros

  • Comfortable grip
  • Great weapon retention
  • Length
  • Lightweight
  • Secure-Ex® Sheath

Cons

  • only 2 grip variations
  • weak tip
  • awkward as a utility knife.

Conclusion

The Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife is an ideal fixed blade knife for self defense. The design of the knife is strictly for self protection. The length, retention, and Secure-Ex® Sheath makes it a great conceal carry knife.

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Eye Gouge Study – Technique Of The Week

To many self defense systems, the eye gouge is one of the common go-to moves when protecting yourself from an attacker. Although eye gouging is illegal in MMA, they still happen. Today will be a study on the eye gouge, drawing information from MMA and other sources to improve your self defense game.

Eye gouge UFC

What is an Eye Gouge

An eye gouge is an action to poke an opponent in the eye with the use of a your fingers.

Eye Gouge Techniques

Jeet Kune Do Finger Jab / Eye Jab

In Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, one technique that is often looked at is the finger jab. A technique slightly modified from Wing Chun’s bui jee.

Bruce Lee’s finger jab is slightly curled with all the fingers flushed together to prevent injury. The execution of this technique is similar to a jab in boxing. Primarily targeting the eyes and trachea of your opponent.

bruce lee finger jab eye gouge

Fu Jow aka Tiger Claw

Fu Jow or tiger claw is maybe one of the most popular techniques taught in women self defense work shops. Fu Jow has a kung fu origin, fingers are spread out and curled to a 45-90 degree angle.

The advantage of the tiger claw is that it covers a wider target area than the finger jab. Below is a video example of a tiger claw eye gouge in what seems to be a “rough and tumble” situation (not a self defense situation).

*Rough and tumble is a fighting style that involves “anything goes,” such as biting, eye gouging, and etc. click here for more information on rough and tumble.

Eye Flick

Technically not an eye gouge, the eye flick is an open back hand technique that involves flicking the back of your fingers towards the opponents eyes. The goal is to cause irritation or minor damage to the eyes while following up for a finish.

Thumb In The Eye

The thumb in the eye is best done after your palm makes contact with your opponents face, then guiding your thumb into the eyes. More useful in the clinch and grappling range.

When & How To Eye Gouge For Self Defense

  • After a stiff arm
  • As an alternative to a stiff arm
  • Off the Pawing Jab
  • While Clinching consider an eye gouge follow up after pushing the head or face when creating space
  • While Grappling only consider eye gouging from a dominate position such as the mount, guard, side control, etc. Don’t rely on eye gouging as a form of escape.
  • As a pre-emptive attack while the threat is still interviewing you as a victim. (as soon as you recognized the assault is viable.)

Stiff Arming & Pawing the Finger Jab

Below is a video highlight of Jon “Bones” Jones Pawing and stiff arming the finger jab. Not sure If they are intentional and accidental, but does provide a good reference on using the finger jab.

Common Reaction After Getting Eye Gouged

An eye gouge should be enough to end an attack or open an opportunity to escape. But for some reason if you need to follow up here are some common reactions after getting eye gouged.

  • Turning away/around
    • Kidney Punch
  • Same side hand tends to rise and cover the damaged eye
    • Kick or punch to the liver
  • Bending forward facing the ground.
    • Rabbit punch (back of the head)
    • Kick or Knee to the face

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Side Kick – Technique Of The Week

The side kick is a kicking technique found in several types of martial arts such as karate, sanda, taekwondo and occasionally in MMA. The side kick is one of the hardest kicks to counter.

“…I’m using my longest weapon, my side kick against the nearest target, your kneecap. This can be compared to your left jab in boxing, except it’s much more damaging.” – Bruce Lee

side kick kick boxing

What is a Side Kick?

A side kick is a thrusting kick, generally thrown from a bladed position (feet pointed to a 90 degree angle) with the lead leg targeting the knee, body, or head of your opponent.

The stationary execution is done by lifting your lead knee towards your chest while pointing the bottom of your foot towards the target. Then extending the leg while rotating your hips and pivoting off the ball of your standing foot (toes pointing away) and landing the kick with the heel. This stationary execution is generally a defensive kick, used when your opponent advances towards your position. Can be used as offensive but usually as a follow up.

Sliding Side Kick


(Sage Northcutt performing a sliding side kick in a MMA match versus Rocky Long)

The sliding side kick is a fast offensive side kick that can cover a lot of distance. The key difference of this kick is using the supporting leg to propel your body forward after you kicking leg leaves the ground. Your supporting leg should follow by sliding across the ground after initiating the momentum of the kick. Thus, giving your kicking leg a head start towards the target while your supporting leg covers the distance.

Pros

  • Fast
  • Covers distance
  • Effective for pressuring
  • Efficient as a Head Kick

Cons

  • minor damage towards the body

Stepping Side Kick / Crossover Side Kick


(Bruce Lee performing a crossover kick against Chuck Norris in the movie Return Of The Dragon)

The stepping or crossover side kick emphasizes on power. The lead leg performs both the kick and the initial momentum while the supporting leg moves into a closer position before the kicking leg leaves the ground.

Pros

  • Power
  • Covers distance
  • Effective for damaging the body

Cons

  • Slowest side kick
  • Telegraphic
  • requires more timing

Some Key Points & Other Variations to Consider When Throwing a Side Kick

  • Although the kicking knee rises 1st and then extends towards the target 2nd, the kicking foot should travel in a straightest line possible when side kicking the body or head. Directly from the floor and into the target.
  • For side kicking the knee with more power, raise your foot higher than the target and stomp downwards.
  • Extend your side kick reach by bending your supporting leg when attacking the knee. Angling your leg more horizontally.

Basic Side Kick Set ups

  • back fist or Jab
  • round house kick
  • Straight Right
  • Switch Kick Fake

Basic Follow ups After a Side Kick

  • another side kick
  • back kick
  • spinning back fist

How to Side Kick Video

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Benefits of Jiu Jitsu

The benefits of jiu jitsu (jitz, bjj, gjj) reaches a different level than most martial arts in my opinion. The benefits cover a wider range of practical and functional use for everyday life. Jiu Jitsu’s common practices brings out 100% effort from its practitioners at every session. Jiu jitsu is for everybody and here’s why.

Benefits of BJJ – Joe Rogan

Comradery – Jiu Jitsu Family

One of the biggest benefits of jiu jitsu is comradery. You will meet people from all walks of life. Most will become your closest friends.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

“You don’t truly know someone until you fight them.”

The comradery is great for everyone, we all need each other to grow, for support, and to be tested. This is especially important for people that have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Check out the video below.

Overcome PTSD with Jiu Jitsu

Jiu Jitsu is Fun

Jiu Jitsu as a competitive sport is fun for all ages, there are competitors ranging from kids to senior citizens. There is always Jiu Jitsu tournaments in almost every city around the world. There are also big prestigious tournaments were people from all over the world attend making it fun to travel and meet new people.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu For Kids

Jiu Jitsu teaches kids hard work, problem solving, patience, and etc. Jiu jitsu will install these qualities into you kids improving their character and work ethic at a very young age.

Self Defense

If you prefer boxing, kickboxing, or conceal carry as your primary self defense, Jiu Jitsu will be a necessary supplement to your skill sets. If the fight ever ends up on the ground, which most do, some knowledge of Jiu Jitsu will be necessary to get back up on your feet, where you feel most comfortable in protecting yourself.

For self defense, jiu jitsu alone can help you overcome bigger, faster, and stronger attackers through the use of leverage and space management. Being extremely close to your attacker smothers a lot of their striking options, which lowers the risk of getting hit. Jiu Jitsu will teach you how to control someone bigger and stronger with the least amount of effort, which is also used for finishing or disabling your attacker.

Physical Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

The physical benefits of jiu jitsu are very rewarding for your overall health. Although jiu jitsu doesn’t require much strength, you will be working every part of your body, developing muscle endurance, grip strength, cardio, flexibility, balance, and muscular strength.

Jiu Jitsu Body Transformation

Every jiu jitsu practitioners will experience a body transformation. below are a few pictures i found on the internet. click here to see more on google images

Jiu Jitsu Body Transformation

jiu jitsu body transformation

Mental Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu

A huge benefit of jiu jitsu that changes many lives are the mental benefits. Most consider jiu jitsu as therapy, as a legitimate escape that effectively relieves stress and improves psyche.

One thing i found that jiu jitsu does for people better than other martial arts is humility. Practitioners develop a strong self-awareness from constant and unavoidable trial and error. Consistently re-calibrating a healthy self-perception of confidence and humility. Jiu Jitsu Instructors hardly have a high and might attitude. They act more like your friends and open minded to anything a student might teach them.

Other mental benefits of jiu jitsu is investing in focus, patience , attention to detail, and persistence. In fact, all these mental qualities are not only benefits of jiu jitsu but are also requirements to obtaining your black belt. Jiu Jitsu takes a lot of hard work. Only about 1% of jiu jitsu practitioners obtain a black belt. check out this thread for more info.

“Don’t fear failure. – Not Failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

Belts & Traits Of Jiu Jitsu

If you do decide to join jiu jitsu without the interest of getting your black belt, here are some traits of each other belt you can obtain and accomplish.

Blue Belt – can effectively protect yourself in a self defense situation. Should be able to control and dominate an average person no matter the weight, size, and strength.

Purple belt – A lot of UFC Fighters fall into this category. Jiu jitsu is adequate enough to supplement their kickboxing or wrestling. But not enough to make jiu jitsu a specialization in the UFC.

Brown belt – The minimal requirement to be considered a Jiu Jitsu specialist in MMA. Capable of defeating black black belts more often in sport jiu jitsu.

Benefits Of Jiu Jitsu – A Way Of Life

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