Muay Thai introduction & Butterfly Guard (diary entry)

Shadow Scarf Holdchamber kick15.12.2021

Wednesday night saw the start of a new junior client who is interested in learning some Kickboxing/Muay Thai and more work with my senior client on submission grappling where we covered the butterfly guard.

Muay Thai training consisted of learning the jab, the straight right and the teep. These were trained in isolation and combined in different ways. After the warm-up I introduced each technique first through shadow work then target placement and finally on the focus mitts.

Submission grappling looked at a four-way tactics using butterfly guard. We first established the correct position and fundamental principles of this mid-range guard. After hooking the feet inside an opponent’s thighs, it is very important that the fighter secures at least one under-hook and maintains an active core position. The opponent’s objective should be to break the fighter’s posture so the last thing the fighter should be doing is lying down unless they are going for a sacrifice sweep of some description. The strategy consisted of going for one of four options, having either of the other two as either a back-up or (for the more astute fighters) a set-up. These four tactics can be neatly grouped into two interconnected strategies. The first strategy might called the basic dog fight strategy. Here the fighter transitions to half-guard and locks in parallel to the opponent in the dog-fight position. If the opponent turtles or defends low, the fighter attacks the back. However, if the opponent postures up the fighter shoots for the opponent’s far knee or posted leg.

This strategy might not be automatically available if the opponent is more aggressive. They might seek to flatten the fighter whereby a second strategy is required. Here the fighter might take the momentum, preserving his posture, and sacrifice throw the opponent. In this case, the fighter will need to be quick in countering the forward pressure with a double-underhook. An alternative to this is going for the half-guard again and securing the lock-down whilst going deep to hook the other side leg – going for the electric chair sweeps and submissions. We also looked at framing from this position and going to spinning knee-bar or toe-hold.

After some time active free-training whereby I pressured my client with different situations, prompting him to go to different options, we completed 3 x 5 minute rounds of sparring. The first two rounds were specific training focusing entirely on  butterfly guard and the second round was free-sparring starting from standing.

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