Effective Muay Thai techniques: how to dominate in the ring
Muay Thai Techniques employs eight points of contact: feet, knees, fists, and elbows.
That leads to a diverse fighting tactics and striking combinations. All of that relies heavily on a fighters movement speed and agility which is an important category itself. All of that has to be combined with strength training and a body conditioning to create a complete fighter.
When you master those skills you will be prepared to face even the toughest opponents.
In general, we can divide Muay Thai techniques into 5 major categories:
Elbows can also be used a head kick defense measure.
Elbow strikes are a very effective close range attack. It is utilized to block the opponent's vision by cutting his eyebrow, so that blood may obscure it and if the cut is deep enough the fight may end by KO or TKO. It is also effective in delivering a spectacular knockout by hitting his chin. Read more about elbow strikes
Clinch and neck wrestling are integrated parts of Thai boxing. It gives fighter a perfect opportunity to use devastating knee and elbow strikes. One of the effective ways to set it up is to throw a combo of a few punches, close the distance with a short hook, and then follow up to a clinch position. Read more about clinch techniques
Cartwheel kick: a special kicking technique often employed by Saenchai
Kicks are one of the most powerful strikes in every Muay Thai fighter's arsenal. The main difference between Thai boxing kicks and any other martial art kicks is that they utilize shin instead of a foot to deliver a blow. This makes them more powerful and reduces a risk of an injury to a kicker.
Traditional Muay Thai punches were initially very limited with straight jabs and circular punches being the most used strikes. It all changed with a globalization of Thai boxing. Western Boxing techniques have been adopted by Muay Thai practitioners and enriched Thai Boxing with a new kind of strikes and combinations. On the opposite side, Western kickboxers implemented some of the Muay Thai kicking techniques and Dutch style kickboxing was born. Some of the most exciting matches between native Thai fighters and "Farangs" [Western fighters] are being fought in this formula. Read more about Muay Thai punching techniques
or a nasty low kick knee block which may injure your opponent. Chris Weidman used it against Anderson Silva in UFC fight to break his leg.
"The knee is the king". There's no doubt about it. Muay Thai knee techniques are one of the most powerful strikes in any martial art. It possesses a knockout power - especially flying knee strike - and it is great for wearing down your opponent in a clinch. Read more about Muay Thai knee strikes
And combinations of aforementioned techniques. Effective use of Muay Thai employs using all sorts of setups. There are combinations crafted for most of the situations encountered in a fight:
defensive combos, where you protect yourself first and foremost even when attacking
offensive combos, where you unload on your opponent and taking risk of a counter attack or just going for an exchange
counter attacks, where you wait for your opponent to attack and block/deflect/evade his strike to be able to hit back straight after
It all depends whether you are a more offensive or a more defensive fighter.
At the end of this post I would like to share a solid portion of Muay Thai combos.
I've picked them up while training and sparring in the gym. I'll share with you those that I have found most useful: