The Three Keys To Successful Clinching in Muay Thai
If you’ve ever had the chance to clinch and spar with a professional Thai fighter, you’d know how helpless you are when you’re completely dominated.
If you’re a Thai, you’d know that you were taught to clinch almost from birth. At five, you’re taught to grapple and by the time you’re 16, you’re more experienced in the clinch than most foreign fighters twice your area. While it’s true that some foreigners are quite good, the locals are just even better because of how long they’ve been training.
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It is true that learning Muay Thai in Thailand is the best way to learn the art. However, while the trainers there are good and all in teaching you the correct technique, there’s just some things that they won’t be able to teach you. Not that they’re not interested, but because of the language barrier between you, a foreigner, and a local Thai, it’s hard to learn LEARN all from your trainer.
Then again, that’s the purpose of articles such as this one, written by someone who’s had first hand experience in Muay Thai and much like you, is a foreigner.
Below are three effective Muay Thai techniques that are rarely taught by Thai trainers that, according to experience, should prove very useful:
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Elbows cut like blades, regardless of whether it’s thrown by a trained fighter or not. Though, when it’s thrown by someone who’s trained in Muay Thai, an elbow can cut deep, with knees and roundhouse-kicks even more devastating, leaving you feeling like you’ve been hit by a baseball hat and if hit hard enough, with fractured bones.
Anywhere outside of Thailand, most fighters often train hard to make their bodies strong. Fighters will learn the technique for months, years even before even thinking of asking their trainers for permission to step into the ring and take on a real fight. Then, once allowed to fight, elbows are often outlawed, and 16 oz gloves are required, shins are padded up, knees to the face banned and basically, every precaution is taken to keep both novice fighters safe while inside the ring.
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