Every once in a while you run into a technique that you haven’t encountered before. While there are hundreds of different throws and sweeps, most people stick to a handful of common techniques. Specialty techniques like this one, are typically used by fighters with a lot of experience in the clinch.
Before I describe this technique, I want to point out that this is an advance Muay Thai throw. If you are a beginner or intermediate student, please watch the video, but don’t focus on this technique. There are more fundamental clinching throws you should learn first before you try to dive into this one.
The key to any clinching throw is timing and body positioning. If you don’t have the right position and you miss the timing, it won’t work.
The Superman Throw from the Clinch
This technique demonstrated by Ann is a move that is used to knock your opponent off balance as they throw the knee in the clinch. The key to this technique is to push off with your rear leg and jump into your opponent. As they throw the knee, they will be off balanced and susceptible to be thrown.
Watch the video below to see the full technique in action.
Like any Muay Thai technique that is used in the clinch, timing is essential. If you miss time this throw, your opponent will have a strong base and probably won’t even move when you attempt the throw. The key here is to focus on generating the power in your push from your leg hop, and also pushing your opponent away from you with your hands.
This Technique Works
Since I posted this video last year, I have encountered two high-level fighters who have used this on me. I’m not sure if it was a coincidence, but I’m going to assume their coach watched this tutorial video and taught it to them. I did ask them how they learned it, and they said that their coaches (Aussie and NZ) both taught them.
Regardless of how they learned the technique, it was very effective. Being able to throw your opponent halfway across the ring can help give you more distance, especially against a strong clincher.
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