In this article, I am going to break down the placement of the teep and how to use it effectively. You will learn about placing your teep for disrupting your opponent versus using your teep to create space and damage your opponent.
It is important to understand that there are many variations of the teep. Every fighter has a slightly different technique because of their body type and background.
What is important is that you develop the necessary timing and skill to be effective with your teep.
Defensive Placement of the Teep
When throwing a teep for defensive purposes, timing is everything. You do not have to throw your teep with power, you just need to land the teep at the right time, and it will off balance your opponent. The defensive teep is used to disrupt your opponent as they make a move. When they go for an attack, you then use the teep to throw them off balance and break up the attack.
The key to defensive teeps is to focus on teeping your opponent’s as they are making their move. If you teep your opponent when they are in a strong position, it will have little impact. However, if you throw a teep when they are about to throw a kick or a punch, that is going to affect their entire movement, knocking them off balance.
Because defensive teeps are quick reactions, you usually won’t have a lot of time to generate power in the teep. Therefore, it is important that you place the teep correctly, instead of trying to throw the teep as hard as you can.
All it takes is the right timing to off balance someone who is in the middle of an attack.
Where to Place the Teep
Defensively, there is no right or wrong place to throw a teep, as long as your teep is disrupting your opponent’s offense.
You can teep your opponent’s upper chest, abdomen, hips, and legs. The goal of your teep on defense is to disrupt. As long as you interrupt your opponent’s offensive flow, that is going to help you improve your teep.
I’ve seen some fighters who even teep the inner part of the leg as a fighter is kicking, which completely throws off their opponent’s balance.
The key is off balancing your opponent. And fortunately, if your opponent is making an attack, it easy to off set their equilibrium.
While the placement of your teep can determine whether you knock your opponent down, or slightly disrupt them, it is not an essential part of your defensive tactics.
Offensive Placement of the Teeps
The following video provides an overview of two focus areas of the teep:
When placing your teep on offense, there are a few places that can create different effects. The first type of teep on offense is used to control the distance against your opponent. Using the teep to control the distance will help you create space and push your opponent away from you.
Depending on the force behind your teep, you can push your opponent back a small amount, or you can knock them to the ground with more force.
Creating space can help give you time to set up your offense by giving you more room to kick, and set up your feints. This is also good against aggressive fighters who want to close the distance between you.
Besides clearing space, the teep can also be used to damage your opponent. Similar to body shots, damaging teeps can have a substantial effect in the later rounds if you can land them early in a fight. When an opponent is tired, that is often the best time to capitalize on hard teeps.
Creating Space with the Teep
To create space against your opponent target their upper chest. A strong teep to the upper chest is going to throw off their equilibrium, and knock your opponent back.
The harder you teep the upper chest, the further you will push your opponent away from you. Often when you see a fighter get teeped half way across the ring, it is a jumping teep that is used in the attack.
Skilled Thai fighters commonly used hard teeps to the upper chest to control the pace against aggressive fighters. These hard teeps make opponents think twice about pushing forward recklessly because they often get knocked back.
The downside of teeping your opponent’s upper chest is that they can lean back from the teep and avoid your strike. If you miss the teep, you will not be in a good defensive position.
It is important to point out that your opponent’s arm position will impact how successful you are teeping their chest. If a fighter has a strong guard that is tight, you might not have enough room to squeeze your leg between their guard.
This video provides an example of foot positioning through the guard.
If you want to cause the most damage to your opponent, you can either aim for the lower abdomen or chin of your opponent.
The lower abs are an easy place to attack and can cause a lot of pain. The faster you snap your leg, the more pain it will cause. It is important to make sure you strike with the ball of your foot, instead of the entire foot.
While hitting with the whole foot can give you more surface area to land, it will not hurt your opponent as much as the balls of the foot.
The other area you can attack is the face of your opponent.
Teeping your opponent’s face is considered disrespectful and will often anger a Thai opponent. This is why you see Thai fighters with attitude, throwing teeps to the face, in a show of arrogance to their opponent.
While teeping the face can be devastating if it lands, it is easier for your opponent to avoid by leaning back or parrying the kick. This is a teep that is better suited against an opponent who is tired and losing momentum.
You will usually see these strikes being throwing in the later rounds of a fight when a fighter’s hands start to drop.
The key to effectively damaging your opponent with a teep is to make sure that the strikes lands with speed and force. Targeting the lower abdomen is the best spot because you will be in a good position if your opponent blocks the attack or it lands.
Stay Tuned for Part 5
In our next article, we are going to cover how you can generate more power when you teep. A lot of people think working out in a gym is going to make them kick harder, which is wrong. The real way you are going to improve your power in the teep is to focus on your technique.
Our article is going to cover what you should know when working on your teep.
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