Switch-Hitting & Back-Fists

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Hour six of my client’s course on Kickboxing was a revision of previous material, going through everything up to the ninth combination. We focused a lot on switch-hitting and the use of back-fists. Again, the lead leg round kick was flagged up as problematic. Despite being a one of the first kicks I teach, it has inherent issues compared to the savate/karate/taekwondo version. I have put in a couple of links that might be helpful in developing this technique. In essence, the main issue is getting in an early hip turn and generating power without the normal momentum affored by the rear leg version. The arms are important to generate the torquing action and the rear foot needs to pivot to open up the hips. We will go through these in a bit more detail in future lessons.

A couple of the revised combinations involved switch-hitting. In one instance the switch-hit was used in a transitional phase turning a jab into a cross and shuffling to remain in a southpaw stance. In another instance it was used to generate momentum into a spinning back fist. When it comes to the back fist (or hammer fist), it is important to note its unusualness in traditional Muay Thai and I was always told never to use standard back or horizontal hammer fist when I first learnt the art. However, these days with ever-more cross-polination occurring between different kickboxng styles at K1 and other events, not to mention the MMA influence, this technique is turning up a lot more frequently in stand-up combinations.




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