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 strike combinations. All of that relies heavily on a fighters movement speed and agility which is an important category itself. It all has to be combined with a strength training and a body conditioning to bring a powerful effect.

When you master those skills you will be prepared to face even the toughest opponents be it in the ring or on the street.



In general, we can divide Muay Thai techniques into 5 major categories:


Elbow strikes:

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



Muay Thai clinch:

Various techniques used in a clinch and neck wrestling. It includes:

  • throws
  • knees to the body targeting stomach, liver and solar plexus
  • side knees targeting ribs and the kidney section
  • knee to the face from a dominant clinch position
  • knee leg attacks aimed to cripple the opponent movement
  • leg sweeps
Clinch and neck wrestling are integrated parts of Thai boxing. It gives a fighter a perfect opportunity to use some devastating knee and elbow attacks. 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




Kicks, which includes:

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. Many of Muay Thai kicking techniques have found their way into a modern Western Kickboxing arsenal of kicks and combinations. Fast and precise, a truly devastating weapon. Read more



Punches:

  • jab
  • cross
  • hook
  • shovel hook
  • uppercut
  • swing
  • overhand
  • superman punch
  • and other like spinning back fist
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 punches have started to be adopted by Muay Thai practitioners and that enriched Thai Boxing with a new kind of strikes and combinations. On the opposite side, Western Kickboxers have started adopting some of the Muay Thai kicking techniques. Read more



Knee strikes:

  • knee strike:
  1. straight knee aimed at stomach, ribs and solar plexus
  2. side knee which targets ribs and a side of the abdomen
  3. flying knee aimed at the same area as straight knee
  • knee defense, like
  1. mid section knee block in the clinch
  2. or a nasty low kick knee block which may injure your opponent. Chris Weidman used it against Anderson Silva in UFC fight




"The knee is the king". There's no doubt about it. Muay Thai knee techniques are one of the most powerful attacks 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


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:


My advice is that you start with a simple 3 count and 4 count combinations. This will give you a solid skillset that you can improve later on.



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