I appreciate this might lose me some readers, but my love of hard rock and rock music in general does not extend to AC/DC. It’s not that I cannot appreciate their contribution to music history or respect their status in rock lineage but more a taste issue. Nevertheless, if Angus Young’s version of Chuck Berry’s duck walks works as a point of reference for the Muay Thai switch-kick then I am happy to bring it into the mix…
My client continued with his current series of lessons focusing on Muay Thai. Following on from the basic combinations we re-established and layered last week, I replaced the round kick with the teep. This kick is most executed off the front leg and used in much the same way as a jab. However, for our first basic combination we looked at its rear leg application. If used correctly, this can be a powerful technique that makes good use of Muay Thai’s hip movement and, if thrown high, can be an effective knockout strike.
We broke down the linking movement between a jab and the rear leg teep. Initially this is similar to the spear knee version of the combination we trained last lesson, but it often falls apart when the leg is extended. This is due to the common mistake of allowing the knee hinging movement to dominate the rest of the technique. Whereas this does have some validity when training the typical back-leg snap kick, the teep is a thrusting technique. Although the kick has to involve a knee hinging movement the force of the kick is still generated by the hip. Therefore, in this instance, the kick is driven directly into the target rather than snapped upwards. Powerful crosses also rely on a dynamic thrust of the rear leg hip, so we draw an association. The beginning movement is identical. As the jab pulls back the hip drives forward. We also alternatively added on either a lead round kick or a lead hook punch to emphasise stability in the stance when the kick returned back to its starting place.
This was followed with the jab/cross/switch-teep. Here we looked at the Newton’s Cradle/Pendulum motion behind the teep being executed. The rear leg drives forward but is quickly replaced by the leg, which executes the teep. This is a feigning action but it also an effective method for putting more force behind a lead leg kick that typically has less room to gather momentum. Training this combination provided a good time to work hard on maintaining a firm core and a good upper body “poker face”. Dropping hands or a hand is quite typical when executing this kick due to the fact that round kicks often rely on a fair amount of upper body movement.
The lesson finished with one round of sparring.