Muay Thai Clinch: Clinch Sparring

Muay Thai Clinch: Clinch Sparring

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Muay Thai Clinch: Clinch Sparring

Getting into the clinch

It’s important to keep you guard up at all times and not try and catch every punch while trying to get into the clinch. By timing the punches you will have two options. 1) If you are going to counter the hook you must bring your forearm into their bicep in order to stop the punch. 2) If you are going to counter a straight punch (jab, cross, or straight) you need to parry the punch and then get into the clinch. Parry the left punch with your right hand and then grab with the right hand. Parry the right punch with your left hand and then grab with the same hand.

TECHNIQUE NOT POWER!

One of the most difficult aspects for novice clinch fighters to overcome is the natural tendency to tense up while clinched. A fighter needs to be continually reminded to use technique only! Don’t try to “muscle” their way through techniques. As in all grappling arts, a fighters should learn to use proper technique from the proper position, as this gives one the advantage of leverage over his opponent. A fighter who attempts to power his way through techniques will soon find himself fatigued and will fall victim to his opponent.
A good and proper clinch game is built around leverage and technique. A fighter who tenses up and tries to use power will ultimately lose. Just as when one is punching and kicking, a fighter should stay totally relaxed until the point of impact, or in the case of clinchwork, the fighter should stay relaxed until the very moment he executes a strike or a throw from the clinch.

Footwork

Muay Thai has numerous “patterns” to its footwork. There are patterns to move forwards, backwards, and sideways. In the Muay Thai Clinch, the most essential pattern to a fighter’s footwork is learning to step at an angle, then pivot his other foot as far as 180 degrees (side step). This footwork is utilized in many clinch defense and counter techniques. This is something that should be practiced daily. It is the same footwork we use when throwing the hook + side step.
degrees. This footwork is utilized in many clinch defense and counter techniques.

Pulling to your left: Take a step forward with your right foot to create momentum, pull your opponents arm down with your left hand and push their arm up with your right hand as you swing your left foot back.

Pulling to your right: Take a step forward with your left foot, pull your opponents arm down with your right hand and push their arm up with your left hand as you swing your right foot back.