The teep is one of the most versatile weapons in Muay Thai. While most people think of the teep as a single weapon, there are different variations of the teep you will often see used.
In my previous articles, I broke down why you should master the teep and how to throw a teep correctly. Now that we understand the basics of the teep, this article is going to break down some variations you will see.
While the basic mechanics of the teep remain the same through every technique, there are slight differences that create variations in the teep.
Some teeps are designed to generate more power in the kick, while other teeps are better suited for disrupting your opponent’s offense.
Good timing and placement of your teep are critical.
You might know how to throw a correct teep, but being able to throw the teep in sparring and the ring effectively is what matters.
The Front Teep
The front teep is the first teep that you will learn. It is the technique that is the most widely used because it is very effective.
The front teep can be used on defense and offense efficiently. The moment you see your opponent makes a move, you can teep their leg, hips or chest. The placement of your teep will determine how effective it is.
While the front teep can be powerful if executed correctly, the other forms of the teep can generate more power. As I mentioned before, the front teep is like the Boxing jab. It is your bread and butter move that can be used for offense and defense. Just because it isn’t flashy, doesn’t mean it isn’t an incredibly useful technique.
This video is a breakdown of the basic front teep.
The Rear Teep
If I compare the front teep to the jab, the rear teep would be more like the straight punch. It takes a little longer to throw, but you can generate a lot more power when you connect with the rear teep.
Additionally, the rear teep can also cover more ground than the front teep. Since you are stepping forward with the teep, you can hit opponents that would otherwise be out of range with a regular teep.
The added distance and power to the rear teep makes this the weapon of choice for fighters who want to push their opponents back or even knock them down the ground. Rear teeps can have a devastating effect if they land correctly.
The biggest disadvantage of the rear teep is it takes longer to land, which gives your opponent more time to react. This problem can be solved if you set up your teep with a kick beforehand, so your opponent is not expecting you to throw a rear teep following the kick.
The rear teep is also riskier to use if you miss your target. If you encounter a good opponent who parries your teep, you will find yourself out of position after you miss.
A good fighter will be able to capitalize when you are out of position, which can put you in danger.
While the front teep is more common in Muay Thai, it is important also to know how to throw an effective rear teep to mix in with your kicks. These teeps can often catch unsuspecting opponents off guard.
The Side Teep
A variation of the front teep is the side teep. The side teep requires you to turn your foot to the side when you kick. This opens your hips and gives your leg more extension on your kick.
The side teep is stronger than the regular front teep. Most of the time the side teep is executed with a jump step to initiate the strike, but this is not always the case. Some fighters prefer the side teep because it gives them more range.
Fighters who perfect the side teep or often extremely difficult to face because they are so good at controlling the distance in the fight.
Some people find the side teep to be a harder technique to execute because you need to have more hip mobility than a regular straight teep. If you have tight hips, you may have a hard time kicking your leg out to the side.
Fortunately, flexibility can be gained with enough stretching and the addition of exercises like yoga, which can help you improve your hip mobility.
One negative of the side teep is that you may find yourself out of position if you miss the teep. If you are facing a dangerous opponent who can capitalize on your mistakes, the side teep may not be the safest technique to use.
This video showcases the Side Teep in Action:
The final variation of the teep you will encounter is the jumping teep. The jumping teep can be used with a front, side, or rear teep. The only difference is the addition of the jump step to the teep. By adding an extra jump forward, fighters can cover a lot more ground and increase the power of their teep.
Jumping teeps are very common among fighters who are known for devastating teeps. These techniques are hard to block because they close the distance at a rapid pace against the teep.
The jumping teep is essentially a footwork variation of the front teep. You need to master the basic teep before you try to work on your jumping teep.
While the front jumping teep is very useful, the most power is generated when you throw a jumping side teep. This teeps can often be seen knocking down opponents across the ring because of the momentum created from the teep.
This video showcases the Jumping Front Teep:
Work on Your Basics First
When you are starting off, you should always work on your core fundamentals. Your front and rear teep are the two techniques that you should learn first. Once you start perfecting these techniques, you can worry about adding more variations to your game.
Too many people focus on trying to skip steps A, B, C and go directly to D. Learning Muay Thai is a process that takes time and lots of repetition. You might be anxious to learn everything at once, but you need to take a step back and focus on your basics.
While it is important to understand the different types of strikes that are used in Muay Thai, that doesn’t mean you should work on everything all at once. Focus on one thing at a time and get good at that one thing.
Humans are much better are prioritizing and focusing on a single goal, then trying to multi-task and do different things. It is important for you to always focus on your fundamentals because that is going to help you develop a complete game.
Read the Entire Series
In my next article, I break down the different contact points of the teep. Most people don’t realize that there are different target zones you should be aiming for when you teep. For those of you who already have a good teep, this next article is going to be a must-read.
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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