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How to Get Into Clinching Range ft. Petchboonchu

To be effective in the clinch, you need to understand how to close the distance against your opponent. You could be the world’s best clincher, but if you can’t get into clinching range, you won’t be able to exploit your advantage. Skilled clinchers know how to close the gap and get the fight where they have the advantage. Moving from out of range into clinching range is a dangerous area to cross for clinchers. To get inside the clinch, you need to enter your opponent’s striking range without getting hurt in the process. Advanced clinchers know how to close...

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Inside Leg Sweep from Kick Catch Ft. Petchboonchu

The Muay Thai sweep is a technique used to off balance an opponent and put them in a vulnerable position. Sweeps are great scoring techniques that look good to the judges scoring the fight. Fighters each have their variation of different sweeps that they utilize. Some fighters like to trip with the inside leg, while others will use the outside leg. To be successful with sweeps you need to learn the art of off balancing your opponent. If your opponent has excellent balance, it can be difficult to sweep them to the ground. Some fighters are good at balancing and...

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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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