When it comes to clinch fighters, Petchboonchu is arguably one of the best clinch fighters of all time. He is one of the most decorated fighters in history, having won multiple Lumpinee, Rajadamnern and Thailand titles. He was a fighter that always pressed forward locking his opponents down.
One of the reasons why Petchboonchu was so successful in the clinch was his endless cardio, constant forward pressure, and ability to lock down his opponents. Once Petchboonchu put his arms around your neck, you were not going anywhere.
To succeed in the clinch, you need to have good timing, balance, and control over your opponent. Half of the clinching battle is the fight for arm position. If you can get the right arm position in the clinch, you will be able to control your opponent.
On my last trip to Evolve MMA, Petchboonchu showed me an effective clinch technique when you have someone in an arm lock. The following technique requires good footwork, arm position, and coordination to pull off.
The following is the video of Petchboonchu’s arm lock throw from the clinch:
Things to Consider
This is a technique that requires practice. As you can see from the video, it took me a few tries before I got the correct footwork and hip rotation. If you are not experienced in the clinch, focus on your basic clinching position and arm control, before you try any fancy throws.
Clinching is all about balance and control over the position. If you are in a good balanced position, it is very difficult for an opponent to throw you. Conversely, to throw your opponent, you need to be able to compromise their balance. This is where footwork, arm placement, and hip rotation come into play.
Being good at throws requires you to combine all the individual elements, to create a fluid motion that off balances your opponent. Good clinchers are difficult to face because they will constantly throw you off balance no matter what you do.
To perfect any technique, you need to start off with a partner and drill it at a slow pace. Work on drilling your technique until you can speed it up, and then do it in a single motion. Once you have drilled this technique enough, you can then work on it when you are clinching.
Remember, it is much harder to execute a throw when you have someone trying to resist. You may not be able to pull off the throw on your first attempt, but the more times you practice, the better your coordination will become.
Special thanks to Petchboonchu for demonstrating this technique. If you are interested in training with Petchboonchu, you can visit Evolve Vacation to learn more.