While the teep is a technique that does not require a lot of power to be effective, when you add power to your teep it can be a devastating offensive and defensive weapon.
A strong teep can knock an incoming opponent across the ring, or it can even KO an opponent if you place it in the right location.
Increasing the power in your teep is something that requires you to master the basic fundamentals before you start trying to throw them with power. As a beginner, you shouldn’t worry about power until you can perform the technique with perfect form. Once you become fluid in the movement, then you can start putting it all together to improve your power.
Fighters who have mastered the teep can combine power, speed, and timing to create the perfect teep. When these three factors combine, you get a fighter like Littewada who can knock back his opponents with ease.
This article is going to break down how to generate power in your teep. I won’t provide you with any “hidden secret” that you don’t already know, but after reading this article, you should have a better understanding of how you can generate more power when you teep.
I suggest you watch the YouTube videos that are attached to the article. They provide some excellent examples of the principles I am talking about in the article.
How to Increase Power in Your Teep
When we talk about power, it is important to talk about the combination of strength and speed. If a fighter has a lot of strength in his kick but doesn’t have speed, they won’t have much power. Conversely, a smaller fighter may not have the strongest kick, but if they are fast, it can generate more power.
The best way to increase the power in your teep is to improve your technique. While you may benefit from exercises that help loosen your hips and improve your mobility, improving your technique is the most efficient way to enhance the power in your teep.
If you break the teep down into its fundamental steps, you will learn that improving each of those steps can help you develop your power. Sometimes a few small tweaks in your technique is all it takes for you to make a significant improvement.
Tip #1 – More Hip Drive
The difference between an ordinary teep and a Thai superstars teep is their hip drive. While most fighters think they are using their hips when they teep, they are usually not fully activating their hips.
The power in your teep comes from your forward hip drive. When you watch a high-level Thai fighter throw a teep, you will notice their upper body is almost parallel to the ground. This helps them drive their hips forward to the maximum range possible.
Without hip drive, the teep is essential just your leg snapping out. It is the same as any other front kick you can perform. While you may be able to generate a lot of power from the snap of your leg, it will not be nearly as devastating if you can push your hips forward.
This video showcases the importance of hip drive. Watch how trainer Ann teaches the importance of hip drive in this video. Sometimes you need to know what it feels like to improve your forward drive.
Tip #2 – Snap Your Leg
Besides your hip drive, the snap of your leg is another critical component to throwing a powerful Muay Thai teep. If you do not snap your leg out and back, you will lose a lot of power in your kick.
A common mistake that people make is bringing their leg towards their opponent first, then extending it. What happens when you do this is use lose the range of your foot, and don’t generate as much power.
In addition to the snap of your leg, some people forget to bring the leg back to the original position. Not only does this make it easy for your opponent to grab your teep and sweep you, it can also take away from the power of your teep.
Throwing a teep is similar to throwing a punch in Boxing. Think of a cobra snake that is striking, and how it quickly whips out and recoils back in. The same principles that apply to your punches also apply to your teep. You want to quickly snap your kick out, making contact with the balls of your feet and recoil your leg to the original position.
Speed matters if you want to improve the power of your kick. Snapping your leg and getting the FULL extension is going to strengthen the drive forward.
Tip #3 – Swing of your arm
The motion of your arm swinging back is a counterweight to your kick snapping forward. If you don’t swing your arm back when you teep, you won’t be able to generate as much power because you won’t be able to drive your hips forward.
The positioning of your arms will change depending on your body type and how you were taught, but as you kick with your leg, your opposite arm is going to swing back. Increasing the swing of your arm can help you increase the speed of your kick.
Tip #4 – Being Balanced and in Control
Balance is everything in Muay Thai. The most significant difference between Muay Thai and kickboxing is that Kickboxers like to jump around off balance, while Muay Thai fighters stay in a steady position, waiting to attack.
If you kick from an off-balanced position, it is difficult to generate power. The power in your kick starts from your feet and pushes outwards at your contact point. If you don’t have a good base, you can easily get knocked over after you kick.
Kicking from a balanced position can help you increase your power. This is why it is essential to always stay in your primary Muay Thai stance and learn to teep going forward, backward, and from a jumping position.
An easy way to test your balance after you teep is to throw a teep and see how your position is after the teep. If you are back to your regular position, then you are balanced. If you throw a teep and your leg falls forward after, it means your body is not stable.
Kicking the heavy bag and keeping your leg up after the teep is a good test of your balance. Because the heavy bag requires you to throw some force behind the teep, it will teach you to transfer your weight, so you remained balanced.
Tip #5 – Stay Relaxed
One of the biggest mistakes people make when they kick is they try to kick hard, which in fact decreases the power in their teep. Just like throwing a punch requires you to relax all of your muscles and whip your punch out, only tensing your knuckles at the end of the punch, your teep requires relaxation.
When you tense your muscles before you teep, you are tightening everything, which in turn slows your movement down. Power comes from speed, which comes from being relaxed.
If you can teach yourself to relax before you teep, you will notice everything becomes more fluid after the teep. This is going to help you create a stronger kick that helps you drive your hips forward.
Practice on the Heavy Bag
The heavy bag is one of the best tools that you can use to improve your teep. While shadow boxing is great for working on your overall technique, the heavy bag is going to provide you resistance while you teep.
When you get used to teeping a heavy bag with power, it will give you the same feeling of teeping a person. You have to throw the teep with force. Otherwise, the heavy bag won’t move.
When you start off teeping a heavy bag, it is essential to work on your fundamental mechanics first and make sure everything is correct. Remember, once you get your technique down, you can always add power by speeding everything up later.
Too many people try to throw full powered teeps, which cause them to create bad habits because they are rushing things. Don’t worry if you start off teeping the bag lightly, just make sure your technique is on point and you will be able to improve it later on.
Putting It All Together
The fluidity of your movement is essential when it comes to the teep. The combination of your hip drive, the snap of your leg, the swing of your arm, and footwork can help you improve your overall power. Combine all of these movements with relaxing your muscles and allowing your teep to snap out with speed, is going to add more power in your teep.
While power can make your teep a more dangerous weapon, power alone is not going to make you have an amazing teep. Timing is what is necessary if you want to be effective at using your teep. To develop timing, you need to spar against different opponents and get used to throwing teeps at different ranges.
A good teep is an essential for every Muay Thai fighter. The teep is going to help you control the distance against your opponent, and give you a useful tool that you can use for offense or defense.
The next time you are in training, I want you to focus on improving your teep. Whether you focus on trying to add a little more hip drive, or work on being more relaxed, focus on trying to develop a more potent teep. Once you start to develop a better teep, work on it in sparring and focus on applying your teep against a live opponent. This is how you are going to improve the timing of your teep.
Remember that no matter how long you have been training, there is always room for improvements. Good luck.
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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