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Category: Clinching

The Biggest Advantage of Training in Thailand – Improving Your Clinch

The Muay Thai clinch is the one area that sets Muay Thai apart from other striking disciplines. While elbows and knees are useful, the clinch gives a Muay Thai fighter the most significant advantage against other strikers. Clinching is the reason why the largest striking organizations like Glory and Kunlun Fighting do no allow Muay Thai rules. If clinching was allowed, Muay Thai fighters would quickly dominate the competition (they still do anyway). When I describe clinching to people, I often equate it to the ground game of MMA. Fighters who don’t know how to clinch, are the equivalent...

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Inside Leg Sweep Featuring Muay Thai Champion Nong-O

In this week’s edition of training with champions Nong-O from Evolve MMA demonstrates how to do a basic inside leg sweep. This is a technique that is commonly used by most fighters and is very effective in sweeping your opponent off balance. The key to the inside leg sweep is to wait for your opponent to throw a knee and then to execute the sweep. In a single motion you pull your opponent the opposite direction that he knees and sweep his non-kneeing leg off balance. This is a technique that requires a combination of speed and coordination to execute...

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Body Lock Throw from the Clinch featuring Nong-O

The body lock is a common clinching position that is commonly used to tie up an opponent. If you are facing an opponent who is overwhelming you with knees, the body lock can help neutralize their assault. Additionally, when you have your opponent in a body lock you can execute a number of throws to dump them on the ground. In this week’s edition of training with champions, Muay Thai champion Nong-O from Evolve MMA shows me the basic body lock throw that you can use when you have someone locked up. This is a clinching throw that is very effective if...

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The 10 Most Common Clinching Mistakes People Make

The Muay Thai clinch is an art. Just like MMA has stand up striking and the ground game, Muay Thai has striking and clinching. There is also the transition game (think takedowns for MMA) that allow you to get inside of the clinch. You can be a master in Muay Thai striking and still get completely dominated in a Muay Thai fight if you don’t understand how to clinch. Thai fighters in Thailand understand the importance of clinching. Most camps in Thailand require fighters to spend 30 minutes every training session (two times a day) to work on their clinch...

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Muay Thai Clinching Technique – Front Push Sweep by Nong-O

In this week’s edition of ‘Training with Champions’ Lumpinee champion Nong-O demonstrates how to do the front push sweep in the clinch. Nong-O is a fighter who is known for his technical skill and has competed against the best fighters for over a decade. He has fought all of the best guys in the sport including legends like Saenchai multiple times. This sweep that Nong-O teaches is a very effective clinching sweep that can be used when your opponent is throwing at knee at you. While most sweeps require you to pull your opponent to the side, this sweep may...

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