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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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Best Knives For Self Defense – Retention Concealment Access

Knives come in all different shapes and sizes. Some specialize in thrusting and others in slashing. Some are great for concealment and others are great for retention. The best knives for self defense depends on your preference, occupation, environment, training, and usage.

Before we move on I would like to make it clear that this is about self defense. If you are looking for self defense knives for protection its important to research and know your local laws on self defense and the laws around carrying and using knives for self defense. Read my 8 Rules of Self Defense to learn more

Blade Types For Stabbing And Slashing

When choosing a knife for self defense, you should consider the blade type and its capabilities. Each blade type specialize in a different tasks such as carving, stabbing, chopping, or slashing. To find out more about blade types check out this article.

Best Knives For Self Defense

In a self defense situation anything with a point can be used for stabbing. But some blade types penetrate deeper than others and some are designed with specific slashing capabilities. Here are a few blade types ideal for stabbing and slashing:

  • Clip-point knives – ideal for deeper and quicker stabbing. The design makes it easier to insert and retract while minimizing resistance or drag. But the downfall is that the tip of the knife is much weaker.
  • Spear-point knife – also designed for stabbing but with a more durable tip than the clip point.
  • Daggers – are somewhere in between the clip-point and spear-point knives. Designed for stabbing but weaker than spear-point knives, yet stronger than the clip-point knives.
  • Tanto knives – Have stronger tips but least penetration. Slashes may not be as deep mostly designed more for chopping. Another unique characteristic of the tanto knife is that it has a secondary point used for “snap cutting” creating an awkward wound.
  • Drop-point knives – a versatile blade type. It has a stronger tip than most and also capable for  deep slashing.
  • Trailing point knives – meant for deep slicing or skinning. Mostly common in skinning and fillet knives, but can also be found as a tactical folding knife.
  • Karambit knives – meant for slashing and hooking with limited stabbing capabilities.

Knife Retention

When shopping around for the best knives for self defense you should consider the retention attributes of the knife. Will it slip out of your hand (with or without blood) while fighting; will your hand run up the blade when thrusting; or whats the required grip tension in order to keep the knife secured in your hand. Here are some systems to consider.

  • Retention rings – Great when using the index finger, not so much if you use your pinky. Downfall of this system is it only favors one specific grip.
  • Handle Hooks – Great for preventing the knife from slipping out of your hand.
  • Lanyards – Great as a back up recovery when wrapped around your wrist if the knife accidentally slips out of your hand. May not necessarily prevent slippage. Most knives don’t include a lanyard

Knives With Retention Features:

 Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife

 

Knife Concealment & Access

Concealment is an important element to consider when choosing the best knives for self defense. Also consider accessibility, if it requires two hands or just one and the distance and effort to gain access to your knife.

Types of Knives and Best Places For Concealment & Access

Neck Knives – Great for concealing under your shirt with decent access hanging slightly below the sternum. The downfall is it may requires 2 hands to access the knife.

 

 

Folding Knives – Great for clipping it in the front pocket a shirt for concealment. Easy one hand access. This particular one has a snag open feature that deploys the knife automatically as you pull it out of your pocket making it great for one hand deployment.

 

Best knives for self defense belt knives

 

Fixed-blade Belt Knives – Great for concealing in the front waist line with easy access and one hand deployment.

 

 

 

Best Knives For Self Defense

Based on my preference when considering the best knives for self defense, I need the knife to first be a thrusting tool, slashing would be secondary, and then everything else follows. Below are some knives i would consider as an EDC and for self defense.


SOG Seal Pup Elite

  • 4.85″ Clip-point Blade.
  • Comfortable grip.
  • Lanyard hole
  • Light-weight.
  • Ideal placement would be on the belt under the shirt.

Cold Steel Spartan

  • Kukuri Style Deep Belly Clip Point (versatile for stabbing & slashing)
  • 4.5″ Blade Length
  • Handle Hook Retention
  • Tip down pocket clip for quick deployment

Spyderco Manix 2 XL

  • 3.875″ Spear-Point Blade
  • Handle Hook Retention
  • Tip down pocket clip for quick deployment

Cold Steel Pro-Guard / Point Guard Knife

 Cold Steel Pro Guard / Point Guard Knife

  • 4″ Blade length
  • Pistol Grip Retention Ring
  • Designed as a neck knife but can be modified to be placed on the belt
  • Easy Fixed-Blade Concealment

Ka-bar TDI Law Enforcement Knife

  • 2 5/6″ Spear-Point Blade
  • Pistol Grip Retention
  • Belt-Clip Sheath
  • Easy Fixed-Blade Concealment

SOG GB1001-CP Gambit

  • 2.58″ Karambit Blade
  • Retention Ring
  • Multi-Angle Belt-Clip Sheath
  • Easy Fixed-Blade Concealment

Spyderco Endura 4 Wave

  • 3-13/16″ Spear-Point Blade
  • Snag Open Feature When Pulled from pocket
  • Tip down pocket clip for quick deployment

Spyderco Karahawk Knife

  • 2.35″ Karambit Blade
  • Retention Ring
  • Snag Open Feature When Pulled from pocket
  • Tip down pocket clip for quick deployment

Columbia River Folts Minimalist Bowie

Best knives for self defense belt knives

  • 2.125″” Deep Belly Clip-Point Blade
  • Finger Choils Grip Retention
  • Belt-Clip and Paracord Neck Knife Carry

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