Teacher Development: Bringing the Clinch Together (diary entry)

244568846_10159325293184185_829895749915224784_nHour five of my client 11 hour teacher development for Denmark’s Holstebro Taekwondo Klub via Zoom looked at bringing clinch and out-boxing ranges together in Muay Thai. After a warm-up of clinch and dynamic stretching exercises, I moved onto partner work.  We began with checking kicks, moving into catching kicks and then into fighting from a caught kick position. This provided us with sparring drills on training entering the clinch from stand-up striking. We looked at both clinching a kicker and countering with a clinch from the kicker’s perspective. Then I brought in hand-fighting tactics to enter clinches before moving onto a series of specific sparring exercises that pitted clinching against boxing, kicking and kickboxing. The final stage was all-out Muay Thai sparring.

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