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5 Muay Thai Sparring Tips That Will Improve Your Game

To reach a high level in Muay Thai, you need to spar.  Unless you are fighting every three weeks, sparring is how you are going to develop your offensive and defensive timing. You can work on technique and practice drills all day long, but sparring is where your theory gets put into action. Once you get over the initial stage fright of being hit in the face, sparring starts becoming fun. Instead of worrying about surviving, you will start thinking about different strategies and tactics you can use to beat your opponent. In your first year of sparring, you will face people...

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How to Defend Against the Body Lock Position in the Clinch

When your opponent has you locked in a body lock position in the clinch it is important to understand how to defend against it. The body lock is a strong position because your opponent can squeeze you and control your body position. From a body lock position, they can score knee strikes or sweep you to the ground using a throw. Because the body lock is a disadvantageous position, it is important for you to learn the proper defense. In the following video Petchboonchu demonstrates some important techniques you can use when your opponent has you locked down. Things...

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Learn How to Escape the Arm Triangle Lock in the Clinch

Getting stuck in an arm triangle lock is one of the worst clinching positions that you will find yourself in. The basic clinching arm triangle lock is when your opponent has his forehead pushing against your neck, while his arms are locked together squeezing tightly. From this position, your opponent can squeeze his arms together to push his head tight against your neck, making it impossible to squeeze your hands on the inside. This is a lock commonly used in Thailand by good clinchers. The lock can help you control your opponent’s upper body, allowing you to score knee strikes without much resistance. The first time you get caught in this lock, you will probably panic and try to use force to escape the lock. Unfortunately, trying to muscle your way out of the lock will only allow your opponent to squeeze your neck tighter. In this video Petchboonchu demonstrates how to escape the arm triangle lock. Things to Consider The key to this technique is your footwork and keeping your hips close to your opponent. If your hips are far from your opponent, you will not be able to control your opponent. Getting your hips close to your opponent will help you generate the momentum to toss them over. Good clinchers will know how to counter balance your escape attempt, so it is important to understand that this will not work all of the time....

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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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