Your old post about finding your style is still one of my favorite blog posts. I have found myself telling my students to find their own style of Muay Thai. It also helps remind me that my job as their coach is to help them find their own style, not necessarily to mold them into MY style. Sure, I teach my style of Muay Thai, but with my eyes towards helping them find their own way to express themselves.
I find myself nodding along wholeheartedly with your comments regarding scoring faster in the clinch. One of the things that I try very hard to impress upon my students/fighters is that you don't use the clinch to setup your strikes (knees, then elbows)... rather, you use your knees (and elbows) to setup your clinch. I want my students to immediately begin attacking with knees the moment they reach forward and touch their opponent. Basically, we focus on reaching to control your opponents arms (biceps), attack with knees, transition to clinching with more knees and/or elbows.
In regards to the hook while rotating your core first, then punching.... that is ONE way of doing it. I favor the practice of everything moving together as one solid unit. That's not to say that is the only method I employ or teach, but its the method I focus on. It's my "core" method, so to speak... I use the method of moving my core first, then punching when I throw the hook that some people refer to as the "Russian Hook" or "Casting Punch". (same same)
Wall of China? LOL! You and I have discussed this before. The 2nd method you mention of pushing the leg down is my preferred counter... but are you pushing down with your hand or using your own knee to push your opponent's down? Your blog post is unclear on that point...
I feel you on "snapping the jab"... I've recently begun helping a fighter learn to snap his jab. It's something that I've learned to do on my own, and finding a way to describe to him what I want has been a challenge in that I'm sure what I'm telling him and showing him makes sense, but its just not "clicked" with him yet. But reading your post reminds me of an analogy one of my boxing coaches used to explain it.... snapping a towel at someone! (I'm going to use that analogy with him the next time we train and see if it helps!)
I love the term "scratch" to describe the scenario, especially late in a fight. It's an attitude, really, and I feel that it leads directly into your comments on persuasion & authority.... It's like there's a level of scrappiness/aggressiveness you must demonstrate & maintain throughout an entire fight, but you must do so intelligently. You can't just charge in, it's not the same thing! But then, I'm preaching to the choir on that subject! ;)