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Petchboonchu Demonstrates a Basic Sweep From the Body Lock Position

When you are clinching with a sparring partner you may find yourself locked in a body lock with your opponent. This is a common clinching position and can be used to score knee strikes or sweep your opponent off balance. Since you have one arm over and the other under your opponent’s arms, this is a neutral position because neither person has the advantage. While you might be able to get away with off balancing someone new in the clinch, if you face someone experienced you will need to utilize skill to throw them off balance. Waiting for your opponent to throw a knee strike can allow you to take advantage of one foot being off the ground. Petchboonchu was extremely good at the body lock position in the clinch because of his excellent balance, skill and strength. Once Petchboonchu locked his arms around an opponent, there was often little that person could do to escape the lock. The following video showcases Petchboonchu demonstrating an effective sweep from the body lock position in the clinch.  Things to Consider Patience and timing is everything when it comes to sweeping your opponent. If you try to perform a sweep without waiting for the right moment, your opponent will have both of his feet on the ground. This will make it difficult to throw him, unless you are trying to use brute force to do the throw....

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PetUtong Or Kwanmuang Wins 2016 Sports Writers Fighter of the Year

In the world of Muay Thai, the Sports Writers Fighter of the Year award is the equivalent to winning an Oscar for Best Actor. This award recognizes which Muay Thai fighter has accomplished the most in a particular period. Since 2013, Panpayak Jitmuangnon has been the most dominant fighter in Thailand, winning the Sports Writers Fighter of the Year award for 3 consecutive years. It would only be fitting that PetUtong, the fighter who would take away the crown from Panpayak, knocked Panpayak out in the first round of their last fight with an aggressive right hook. Petutong Knocks out previous 3x Sports Writers Fighter of the Year Winner Panpayak Petutong Or Kwanmuang PetUtong is a fighter who excels in all areas of Muay Thai. He comes from the famous Sor Sommai gym in Bangkok that currently boasts 3 Rajadamnern champions and the very aggressive Saeksan. When you watch PetUtong fight you will notice that he can utilize both orthodox and Southpaw stance effectively. Depending on his opponent, you may see him change stances at different times in a fight. He is a naturally aggressive fighter who throws a lot of power behind his strikes. Besides his aggression, PetUtong has good defensive skills. At the highest levels in Muay Thai, you need to have a complete game to compete with the top fighters in Muay Thai. PetUtong has a well rounded game that has...

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Petchboonchu Demonstrates How To Escape the Double Collar Tie

When you first start training Muay Thai one of the most common positions that you may find yourself is in the double collar tie. The double collar tie is when your opponent puts two hands around your neck and pulls it down. Once your opponent has two hands around your neck, it is difficult to escape if they have a strong lock. The strength of the lock will vary depending on your opponent’s technique and their physical strength. The biggest mistake you can do when someone grabs your neck in a double collar tie is to try and push them off. This is a common mistake made by MMA fighters who have never been trained properly in Muay Thai clinching. When you try to push away from your opponent, you allow your opponent to have space to throw a knee at your face. Instead of pushing away from your opponent, you need to fight to get closer to your opponent. The tighter you are to your opponent, the less space they have to throw knees. The following videos showcases clinching legend Petchboonchu demonstrating how to escape the double collar tie in the clinch. Speed, timing and good footwork are all important elements in this technique. How to Escape the Double Collar Tie Featuring Petchboonchu Things to Consider Every technique has a time and a place. If you are facing a strong opponent who has...

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Fairtex Muay Thai Shorts Review

Fairtex is a Muay Thai brand that has been dominating the Muay Thai market for the past few decades. Even when Muay Thai was relatively unknown to the Western world, Fairtex was a very popular brand among the hardcore Muay Thai enthusiasts around the world and in Thailand. While Fairtex does offer a line of Boxing, Kickboxing, and MMA shorts, their most popular items by far are their shorts. If you buy a pair of Fairtex MMA shorts, they don’t hold the same level of prestige as Fairtex Muay Thai shorts. Because Fairtex is synonymous for Muay Thai, you are better...

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Muay Thai Hand Trap Throw from the Clinch ft. Petchboonchu

One thing I love about clinching is there are countless techniques you can use. I’ve been training the clinch for years, and I am still shown new moves on a regular basis by the Thai trainers. Most people have 3-5 regular sweeps that they perform on a regular basis. By keeping your list of sweeps short, you can work on performing those sweeps over and over and develop the necessary skill to pull them off in many situations. In our last article, Petchboonchu demonstrated an effective arm lock throw from the clinch that you can use. Today’s video is similar, except...

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