In my last article, I talked about why you should learn how to throw a teep. I broke down the offensive and defensive benefits of the teep, and why this technique is one of the most used techniques among Thai fighters.
This article is going to break down how to throw a teep correctly.
While the fundamentals of the teep will remain the same, there will be slight differences regarding the footwork, contact point, and hand position.
Every fighter has a unique body and set of skills that will dictate how the perform a technique. As long as your core fundamentals are sound, you will be able to maximize your teeping power.
Understanding Balance and Control
Before we go over the individual steps of a teep, it is important to understand that balance is critical to executing an effective teep.
If you throw a teep from an unbalanced position, you will not be able to generate a lot of power or be in control after you teep.
Our power starts from our base and moves upwards. If we don’t have a strong base, then we will be off balanced when we kick and won’t be able to generate as much power.
Most Westerners focus solely on power and neglect the importance of being in control.
Additionally, good balance allows you to be ready to take advantage of opportunities on offense or react to your opponent defensively. If your opponent tries to counter you after you strike, you will be prepared to counter them if you are balanced.
Why Does Technique Matter?
When it comes to perfecting the teep, your technique is important.
Just like a jab in Boxing, everyone can learn how to throw a jab within seconds, but training your muscles to relax, snap your punch back, and extend your arm correctly, requires lots and lots of repetition.
A good teep is fluid and is not tense. The more relaxed you are before you teep, the faster you will be able to strike.
How to Throw a Muay Thai Teep
While there are different variations of the teep, the following are some general principles that are universal.
Step 1: Raise Your lead leg off the ground
The first step to throwing the teep is to lift your lead leg off the ground at a 90-degree angle. By raising your leg up first, it allows you to generate more power when you kick.
A lot of people make the mistake of kicking without raising up their lead leg first. While you can still generate power, this is not the correct way of throwing a teep.
Step 2: Fully Extend Your Raised Leg to Your Target
After raising your leg up, extend the leg fully until you contact your target at the balls of your feet. Your feet can extend out to give you more distance in your kick. Power is generated from the snap of your leg, the drive in your hips, and the movement of your body forward.
Making sure you get full extension in your leg is important. The full extension will help you get a little more power and push your opponent further back.
Your rear foot should remain flat on the ground to give you good balance throughout this technique. As you kick your leg out, your front arm will also swing down. The swing of your arm will help you generate more power and drive your hips forward.
Additionally, your rear arm should remain up to protect your chin in case of a counter attack. Whenever you kick or punch, you should always have one arm that is back to protect your chin to block any incoming strikes.
Step 3: Return Your Leg to its Upright Position
After contacting your target, bring your leg back to its original position.
Just like a Boxing jab recoils to its initial position, the teep should snap back the moment it hits the target. If you let your teep linger, your opponent will grab the leg and throw you to the ground. A good teep is forceful to knock your opponent back and give you some space to rebound the leg.
Step 4: Lower Your Leg Back to Starting Position
After you have thrown the teep and recoiled your leg back, you can then return your foot to the ground. If you are working on multiple teeps on the heavy bag, your leg will bounce off the ground to allow you to throw another teep right after.
When you return to your original position, you should try to maintain your balance throughout the motion.
It is important to note that you should practice each step on their own, but when you practice your teep, you will need to put these steps together in a fluid motion. The raise of your leg and the snap of your kick should be simultaneous. You should not hesitate in the motion of your kick.
Training Tip* One way you can practice this technique is to put a small bench in front of you, and practice teeping across from the bench. Because the bench is in front of your leg, it will force you to raise your leg up first, before kicking out. If you do not raise your leg high enough, you will end up hitting the bench when you kick.
This is a great drill that you can use to ensure your raise your leg on the initial part of the teep and return it to the original position before you put it down.
This Gif features Saekson Janjira teaching how to work on your teep with a bench to ensure that you raise your leg. Notice how Saekson is forced to raise the leg and return it to the original position to prevent his foot from hitting the bench.
Here is another clip with Saekson using the bench to work on the teep
Common Mistakes When Teeping
A common mistake I often see people make in training is failing to raise up their leg before they teep; this technique does not generate as much power and is easier for an opponent to catch.
You might also find yourself leaving your foot out and not bringing it back right away. When you teep, you need to snap your leg back. Think of a snake that is striking a target. The snake lashes out fast and recoils to its original position before it can be struck. This is how you should strike with your teep.
If you leave your leg out, it will be caught, and you will get swept every time you teep.
Your rear leg should remain flat to help give you more balance, however, if you throw multiple teeps on a heavy bag, your read leg is going to be raised like a kick.
Finally, some people make contact with the wrong part of the foot when they teep. As I mentioned before, you want to make contact with the balls of your feet. This is going to give you the most distance when you teep and will focus the energy of your teep on a single area.
A powerful teep can feel like a piercing knee if it lands in the right place.
Read the Entire Series
In our next article, we will talk about different variations in the teep. When you watch fighters in the ring, you will notice that not all teeps look the same. Some teeps are front, and some teeps are to the side.
Related Teep Articles:
- (Part 1) Why You Should Master the Teep
- (Part 2) How to Throw a Front Teep
- (Part 3) Different Variations of the Teep
- (Part 4) Learning Where to Place Your Teep
- (Part 5) How to Increase Power in Your Teep
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