Tonight we looked at the clinch range in MMA. We primarily focused on the wrestling application with advice on solo exercises for my client to incorporate into his regular workouts, and then briefly moved in Muay Thai clinch before finishing with two rounds of specific clinch-based sparring.
The lesson warmed up with over-hook/under-hook pummelling, bulling, lowline takedown slides and single leg link-ups. We then looked at solo drills using the heavy bag and solo takedown drills. We then moved onto lowline takedown entries.
The lesson finished two rounds of sparring. The first was wrestling-only, focusing on takedowns and takedown defence. The second was Muay Thai-orientated, involving knee and elbow strikes.
Photography by Phil Shirley & Sonia Audhalia Photography circ. 2009