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 a death grip around your neck, this technique may not work for you. If you can’t pull of this escape, you need to have a backup plan in case it fails. An alternative move you can use is a body lock. This will help you tie up your opponent and let the referee break you up.

Clinching is a dynamic art that involve constantly fighting for position. You can know a lot of individual moves, but learning when to use each technique can only be developed through experience. The key to being effective in the clinch is to focus on gaining that hands-on experience against different types of opponents.

If you are only limited to clinching with a few guys at your gym, your clinching skills will be underdeveloped. There are so many different types of clinching styles you will encounter, it is important to go against a variety of people to learn how to apply your techniques to different types of opponents.

Special thanks to Petchboonchu for demonstrating this technique. If you want to train with Petchboonchu you can learn more about him by visiting Evolve Vacation.