One thing I love about clinching is there are countless techniques you can use. I’ve been training the clinch for years, and I am still shown new moves on a regular basis by the Thai trainers.
Most people have 3-5 regular sweeps that they perform on a regular basis. By keeping your list of sweeps short, you can work on performing those sweeps over and over and develop the necessary skill to pull them off in many situations.
In our last article, Petchboonchu demonstrated an effective arm lock throw from the clinch that you can use. Today’s video is similar, except that instead of locking the arm of your opponent, you trap their hand against your chest.
The following video demonstrates the hand trap clinching sweep by Petchboonchu.
Things to Consider
The key to performing this sweep is to coordinate the push and pull of your arms, in combination with your footwork. When you watch the video above, you will notice that if you do not place your feet correctly, you will not be able to off balance your opponent.
Your hips are another factor that will improve the effectiveness of your throws. If your hips are far from your opponent, it is harder to execute the throw. By keeping your hips close to your opponent, you will be able to drive them off balance.
Proper arm control is another factor that will determine the success of your throw. If you do not have your opponent’s hand trapped, it will be difficult to control them when you perform the sweep. The arm that is trapping your opponent’s hand pulls, while the opposite arm pushing your opponent in a diagonal motion.
This sweep is an advanced sweep that requires practice. As you can see in the video above, my first few attempts at the sweep failed because of poor footwork. If you are a beginner you should focus on learning the basics of the clinch first, before you start trying to learn advance clinching sweeps.
The key to being successful in the clinch is to focus on your balance and your timing as you are battling for arm position. If you are in a good balanced position, it is very difficult to be thrown down by an opponent. If you know your opponent is planning on throwing you, you can utilize a fake to get them to try and do a throw when you are balanced.
Special thanks to Petchboonchu from Evolve Vacation for demonstrating this sweep. Petchboonchu is one of the best clinchers of all time, so it was an honor to learn these techniques directly from him.