Clinching is my favourite part of Muay Thai, but outside of Thailand it is not so easy to get good quality clinch practice.😔 People don’t really know what to do in the clinch, and I get it - sparring and getting to hit someone seems much more exciting.
Clinching is the most technical and unique aspect of Muay Thai though, I hope more people can learn to appreciate it.
❌ Do not-s:
Be stiff and reactively crunch your body whenever your partner throws a knee. This is what leads to knee-to-elbow or knee-to-knee clashes. Allowing your partner to actually land knees is part of the practice.
Keep disengaging and pushing your partner away whenever he/she comes into range. You can keep doing that to avoid looking bad in training, but it won’t help you to learn what to do when you get locked in a clinch during a fight.
Bear hug your opponent until he/she suffocates and taps out.🙄 Seriously, NO.
Learn to brace your body for knee strikes. Pivoting your hips slightly to turn your back to the knee helps.
Use the inner softer side of your knee when throwing a strike. Don’t be a dick or nobody would practice with you.
Stay close, keep your arms close, and move your arms constantly to get into a control position before throwing a knee. You don’t need both arms on your partner’s neck, nor be on the inside all the time to be in control.
#throwback to the deep end with the relentless @chalarmphet at @sitjaopho_muaythai🔥💪🏼 Who loves clinching??🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️