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In this weeks edition of Training with Champions, Nong-O from Evolve MMA demonstrates how to perform a double underhook throw from the clinch. This is a very effective throw that you can use to counter someone who has a double overhook lock and is pushing forward against you.
Like any clinching throw or sweep the key to this technique is being able to effectively off balance your opponent. The best way to do this is to make sure they are not expecting the throw. If you try it a few times in a row, your opponent will adjust his balance and make it difficult to execute the sweep.
To perform this sweep you need to get into a double underhook (two arms underneath your opponent’s arms) position against your opponent. From this position you will use the palm of your hand to pull your opponent back, while stepping out at the same time. Your other palm will be pushing your opponent back as you are pulling, which will throw them forward.
Here is the full technique demonstrated by Muay Thai Champion Nong-O
Things to Notice
When you see Nong-O performing the sweep you will notice how he steps back with his body, as he pulls with his arm. This helps him generate more force and pushes me forward as he is pulling. If you have an opponent who is pushing against you in the clinch, it makes it easier when you step back and pull.
When you pull your opponent you should try and pull underneath your opponent’s arms. If you pull to low on the waist, they will have more balance and can resist. You need to pull and shift your body to the side at the same time. This fluid motion is how you are going to be able to sweep guys down who have good balance.
Like all clinching techniques that you learn, the key is to practice this move until you can execute it without having to think about the individual steps. If you only watch the video without practicing the technique, you might ‘know’ how to do it but you won’t be able to pull it off in a real situation.
If you don’t use it, you will lose it.
I can’t tell you how many clinching techniques I’ve learned, but never used enough to be able to fully incorporate into my clinch game. The key is practice and repetition. The more tools you can add to your game, the more difficult you will be when you are clinching with guys at the gym.
I already posted a few other sweeps that Nong-O demonstrates. If you haven’t seen them I recommend you check them out on my YouTube Channel.
If you want to learn from Nong-O you can check him out over at Evolve Vacation. He was one of the top champions of the sport and has fought Saenchai multiple times over the course of his long career.