3 knee techniques and 46 counter-techniques
The knee techniques of MUAI are also divided into “ascending”, “parallel” and “descending”. For the subsequent series of counter-techniques, however, the classification was chosen according to stability principles. In Pahuyuth three types of stability principles are known for knee techniques: pulling, counter rotation and balance.
- Pulling: Pulling knees use the arms to pull the target in a linear motion into the knee.
- Counter-rotation: Knees with counter-rotation create stability through a circular pulling movement around the body axis.
- Balance: Balancing knees use balancing movements of the own body to create a stable stand.
MUAI beginner level students (green belt) learn at least 42 knee techniques.
Similar techniques in Muay Thai (examples): Knee (Khow), Straight Knee (Khow Trong), Round Knee (Khow Khong), Pushing Knee (Khow Kod), Flying Knee (Khow Loy), Small Knee (Khow Noi).