While there are a lot of clinching techniques that involve throws, there are some techniques that are used to establish a dominant kneeing position. If you can put your opponent in a vulnerable position and hold him there, that can be more devastating than a sweep.

Even though good sweeps look more spectacular, a good knee inside the clinch will score you points and can cause more damage to your opponent. Sweeps are more embarrassing to a fighter, but they do not hurt when you get thrown on the ground.

A big part of clinching is the constant battle for a dominant hand position. If you can get a strong lock on your opponent, it can make it very difficult for your opponent to escape. There are many clinching techniques that are designed to help you improve your position and allow you to land knee strikes.

The key to being effective in the clinch is to stay relaxed and maintain your balance throughout. If you can stay balance and in control when you are in the clinch, you will be able to last longer in a fight.

The following video showcases Petchboonchu demonstrating an effective arm trap and knee technique. This is a useful technique to put yourself in a dominant position in the clinch.

Clinching Arm Trap to Knee Technique Featuring Petchboonchu

Keys to Being Successful

If you want to pull off a successful technique in the clinch it is important that you avoid telegraphing your intentions. If your opponent knows that you want to do an arm trap or throw, they will prepare their defense to counter you.

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However, if your opponent isn’t suspecting that you will perform a technique, you will be in a better position to land that technique.

This arm trap technique from Petchboonchu requires a combination of speed, balance, and timing to execute it correctly. If you are slow, your opponent will not let you push their arm to the side. Correct footwork will allow you to rotate in a good position to land an effective knee on your opponent.

When you watch the video, you should pay attention to the pull of the neck and the push of the arm. As you pull, you step to the side, which will off balance your opponent in the clinch. The moment you can throw your opponent off balance, you will create space to land a knee strike inside the clinch.

Remember that good fighters will not let you easily pull of a technique. If you try this technique on someone who has good clinching skills, they might counter your technique by moving to the side as you go for the pull.

The key is to practice your techniques against different people, so you can learn how to time your technique and to land it against more people. The more you practice a technique, the easier it will be to pull it off without thinking about it.

Special thanks to Petchboonchu for demonstrating this clinching technique. You can train with Petchboonchu by visiting him over at Evolve Vacation.