Easter Monday morning’s private lesson was my two junior clients’ seventh hour in Muay Thai for Martial Arts Cross Training. We spent a lot more time on the clinch and also its use as a counter-technique from a kick-catch.
After Indian press-ups and single leg raises we did some line-work focusing on setting up spear, diagonal and round knee strikes. Here we focused a lot on positioning, ensuring the hips were dropped back for the spear knee that the pivot was correct for the diagonal knee and that the torque was right for the round knee. These were combined with punches and I checked for common mistakes, such as dropping the hands, being flat-footed and allowing the posture to droop.
We then did some partner-work, where we concentrated on breaking the posture and the use of footwork in the clinch. Here we brought all three of the previously practised knee strikes into application. These were then transferred onto the focus mitts.
Next we looked at the kick-catch. This was first done from the kick-catcher’s perspective. I emphasised the importance of intercepting a kick rather than just bracing for the impact and also breaking an opponent’s balance when holding the leg. From here we brought in a lead round kick to the supporting leg or a diagonal knee strike to the mid-section or a spinning elbow.
This led us onto defending against a kick-catch. The first defence was a straightforward diagonal break, which performed in a similar movement to the Dutch low round kick. Then we looked at hopping to maintain balance and moving to break the hold and to strike from a clinch.