Muay Thai Clinch: Body Lock

Muay Thai Clinch: Body Lock

Muay Thai Clinch: Body Lock

One of the first defenses a fighter learns against the Double Neck Lock is the Body Lock. When a fighter feels his opponent pinching his elbows during the Double Neck Lock, he steps into his opponent and drops down a little to grasp his opponent under the arms and around the body. Make sure to bring your arms under your opponents armpits and not the lower back when drilling. The “Breaking Back” technique of clinching around your opponents lower back and pulling in while pressing forward with your own shoulders is illegal, and a fighter may be disqualified for doing so. It is also very dangerous to do this while drilling with your teammate. When a fighter grabs his opponent around the body properly, he now has two options. He can knee, which usually consists of short thrusting knees to his opponents thighs and hip, or he may lift and throw. A fighter must be careful while lifting and throwing. Lifting his opponent up in the air (off of his feet) is illegal. Therefore, a fighter can just lift enough to initiate a throw. In order to dump your opponent you bump their hips forward to disrupt their opponents center of gravity, then use a knee bump on the outside of their opponent’s thigh to turn them sideways and dump them. The body lock is a dominate hold and can also be used to neutralize an opponents defense and buy time. Usually when a fighter wants a break in the action he will lock his opponent up and hold until the referee breaks them apart. Its a great way to save energy in the clinch and control your opponent while hurt.

We will be drilling the Body Lock Clinch for the next few weeks to counter the Double Neck Lock, use it to set up dumps, and knees. There are many different ways to get into the Body Lock and also ways to counter the Body Lock. Please make sure to continue to drill your footwork for the clinch and shadow box daily. The footwork is the same for Double Arm Control and Head and Arm Control. We will be clinching everyday for the next few weeks. Get ready to sweat!!!

Muay Thai Clinch highlight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POvmZ-uw3OI

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