Muay Thai Goals

Muay Thai Goals

Robot- Muay Thai- New Year

Happy New Year Bots! It’s time to get started on those New Year’s resolutions. Were you able to complete your goals last year? If so, great! Keep it up! If not, why? How far did you get before you stopped trying? My advice to you is to set short term goals. For example, if you want to lose weight, instead of thinking you want to lose 40 lbs in a year, set your goal to lose 10 lbs in 3 months. Once you achieve that goal, you can start working on the next 10 lbs. By the time the year is over you will have reached your long term goal. Often times we focus on our long term goal and get discouraged when we think of how far we still need to go. As long as you are trying and stay consistent you will feel good about your improvements, even if you didn’t reach the goal you set out. It’s a better start than where you were the year before. One of the hardest things to do is to stay inspired. You have to make training part of your daily routine. The same way we get up to go to work or school, go home, eat dinner, shower, and hit the sheets, we have to add training to our schedule. Doing this at your normal fitness gym can be really dull. Luckily for us we have friends and family who will be doing it with you. All you have to do to be a part of it is show up!

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Muay Thai Clinch: Double Neck Lock

“The Double Neck Lock” is Muay Thai’s most basic and fundamental clinch technique. It is arguably the most dominant position in Muay Thai. In the MMA world this technique alone is known as the “Thai Clinch”. It is in fact only part of the Muay Thai clinch, as many of you already know from learning the “Double Arm Control” and “Head and Arm Control”. It is an easy way to control your opponent and land knee strikes. The fundamental idea is the same which is, “Pushing and Pulling” to break your opponent’s posture. Your hands should be on the crown of your opponent’s head, not behind their neck!

There are 3 steps to this technique:

1. Bring opponent’s head toward your shoulder.
2. Break opponent’s posture (crank their neck)
3. “Push and Pull” while using “Side Step”

An important aspect of the Double Neck Lock to bear in mind is that while it is arguably the most dominant position/hold in the sport of Muay Thai, there is really only one effective option of attack from this position: Straight Knee strikes. Of course, it is possible to pull your opponent and whip them around, but without hip-to-hip leverage, a fighter is using his own power which could lead to him fatiguing faster.