above: one of the clinch drills Arjan Surat used, my partner Tessa Simpson I went over to Dejrat Gym to have a private session and film for Patreon with Arjan Surat, who is an amazing “time capsule” type trainer of Old School technique in a Draconian method – he’s in charge of training the Thai National Team for IFMA and SEA world competitions. He’s awesome, you can see my first 1 hour private with Arjan Surat here. It didn’t quite work out that way, just because sometimes these things don’t, and I ended up being absorbed into the regular training
CategoryMuay Thai Clinch
These are the posts I’ve written on my experiences with Muay Thai clinch, one of the more difficult aspects of Muay Thai to learn in Thailand, especially for women. They cover training techniques and principles as well as some cultural aspects of the art. Clinch is the art within the art.
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above is a couple of minutes of Yodwicha working with me on his side attack, you can see the full 34 minute session by joining my Patreon Muay Thai Library here with a suggested pledge of $5 You can see footage from my first session with Yodwicha here Yodwicha’s Side Attack in Clinch In this video clip Yodwicha is showing me a technique to slip over to a side lock. He times it with the arms swimming for position and makes his move when his arm is on the outside of my arm. When someone has an inside position on
above video, 5 minutes of the 52 minutes spent with the Golden Age legend Sangtiennoi Read About Sangtiennoi’s Gym an Hour North of Bangkok: Tough, Traditional Muay Thai with a Legend An Outside Counter to Inside Clinch Position Finding yourself on the outside position when both clinchers are locked can be tricky, because the inside position is far more dominant and requires way less power to get anything done. However, when you have your arms tied up in the double-inside lock (the “Thai Plum” as Rogan calls it), you are naturally susceptible to the straight arm cross-face. Basically at least one side
Guest post – A Husband’s Point of View This article will be more informative if you read the two articles from which it stems. The first is a theoretical flight across the big ideas that might be involved in Ronda Rousey’s fall from grace as a dominant grappler in MMA from Bloody Elbow: So Meta: Ronda Rousey and the decline of the grappler, by Phil Mackenzie, and the article he cites as a prominent influence on his thinking, where Greg Jackson’s conceptual fight strategy in terms nodes and edges: Cage Match: How science is transforming the sport of MMA fighting.
This post is about the first 5 minutes of a 32 minute clinch work video available to patrons here This is some of the best clinch work I’ve ever offered, a lot of that due to me gaining experience in teaching clinch, but also a huge degree because Kate has worked on the things we went over last time – a year ago! We could just go further into the technique. The response to the full-length video from my patrons has been great as well, which means this information is digestible by watching. In these 5 minutes we’re going over
In the video below some of the techniques being worked on: blade of the forearm lock to create leverage turns on the knee, waiting until on one foot small jerks to off balance, instead of continuous pressure moving forward and back to off balance inside thigh trip to turn and trip steering by the inside of the elbows the bounce to hide moves Spreading the Technique of Clinch This is a follow up post on my Passing Some Clinch Knowledge post on my visit to the Pettonpung gym about a month before this, where I showed my lock and a
Up in the mountains of Khao Yai Thiang, a 4 km climb up a narrow road lined with bushes and branches which reach out and brush the open windows of the car, is the Kem Muaythai Gym. In this hideaway is some really great Muay Thai training, and like a treasure within a treasure, Yodwicha trains there. You can read about Kem’s gym here. Yodwicha is an incredible clinch fighter and was named “Fighter of the Year” along with Sangmanee Sor. Tienpo (a truly opposite style femur fighter) when they were each about 16 years old. Being named as a Yod
It’s very hard to learn the clinch anywhere in the world outside of Thailand. Truth told, it’s hard in Thailand also. Part of that is that the clinch is not really instructed so much as learned through hours and hours of simply doing and figuring out for yourself what works and all the many things that don’t work. Because it requires so much time and trial and error, most of us simply don’t get the exposure – we just don’t have that kind of immersion and time – to really learn the artform within the artform of Muay Thai. I’m by no means