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    Problem with Knee Strike

    Hi, so today I did a combat workout from Hero's Journey (day 51). It included punches (jab and cross), side kicks, backfists, knee strikes, and elbow strikes. My arms/ legs were able to punch/ kick like a whip, and the joints felt loose, for all the moves except knee strike. I was not sure if it's the joints or muscles or other things, but the attacking leg just felt pretty tight in general during the knee strikes.

    For the other attacks I can engage my hips and core pretty well and a lot of times one of the legs, too, and to me they all have a similar kinetic chain movement/ activation pattern, but for knee strikes it feels different and I seem not to be able to use my core very well, either. It's simply awkward.

    Damer What do you think the problem is? I am mainly thinking about the tightness, but please comment on other parts if you have thoughts on them. Thanks!

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    kandy here's an interesting factoid: Of all the martial arts strikes the human body can generate the only one that has been measured to generate the greatest amount of force in the smallest possible area and can be truly called a killing strike, is the knee strike. The reason I started with this is because a knee strike is as multi-factorial as you already think it is. It requires a good core, abs, obliques, quads and glutes (for balance), stable knee joint (on the supporting leg), ankle and calves and hip flexors and spine (as you throw your upper body slightly backwards in order to extend the hip and gain power from the momentum).

    This means it requires patience and time to get right and this set of exercises: https://darebee.com/workouts/superhe...h-workout.html will definitely help.

    Despite all these technicalities this is what I will add: don't get too hang up on it. Do it as you see fit. Your kicks and punches started the same way, feeling awkward and ineffective and, as you became more adept, they have become more focused and stronger. This is very much part of the journey of having control over your own body and it is a journey. So, while keeping in mind everything I said, also use it whenever you want without worrying too much about it and it will eventually click. I hope this helps.

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      Damer That's interesting, and thanks for pointing toward the stretching workout.

      Sometimes my body crouches as I bring my knee up, but it's still not the best when I don't.

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