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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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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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Clinching Arm Lock Off Balancing Technique ft. Petchboonchu

When you are locked inside of the clinch there are a number of techniques you can utilize against your opponent. Many techniques focus on off balancing your opponent, which can open up space for you to throw a knee strike. In my last video with Petchboonchu, he demonstrated an effective arm trap that you can use to execute a knee strike. This is a technique that required good footwork in order for you to execute the move. That technique was used when you are fighting for position in the clinch. In today’s Training with Champions video, Petchboonchu demonstrates a clinching technique you can use when you are locked in the clinch against your opponent. While your opponent is fighting for better arm position, you can take advantage of a strong lock by using this off balancing technique. Clinching Technique: Clinching Arm Arm Lock Off Balancing Technique Keys to the Technique The key to this technique is to wait for your opponent to break his lock around your neck. As your releases one hand from his lock and tries to get his hand inside your lock, you rotate your body around his locked arm. This technique is difficult to execute because you need to coordinate your footwork and arm movement at the same time. This technique is ideal for off balancing your opponent and creating space to throw a knee down the...

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