Aug 2, 2008

Dirty Boxing off the Thai Clinch for MMA- Crazy Monkey/Rodney King

Rodney King of Crazy Monkey fame shows us a wonderfully effective transition from the Thai clinch, one that works particularly well with anyone who tries to counter the clinch by diving in for the double underhooks. This post is similar in nature to the Ryan Schultz instructional I put up some time ago, but easier to pull off, as you can just replace the timing needed for the knee to the face with aggression and footwork.

Thai Clinch 101 for those of you who haven't read my Muay Thai posts before:
When you achieve the Thai clinch, you never keep your back straight and squared up- you want to keep your hips slightly away for both defense and offense. You get said clinch, and of course, you're squeezing your forearms together after getting the plum behind his head, never inter-lacing your fingers.

-Your opponent will try to step into you, more often than not trying to frame out/push off your head, or going for the underhooks by lowering his level and driving in.

-You take advantage of your opponent's forced motion, twist your hips with your arm locked in place, (You might have to do this instantly if you're in MMA, as anyone who is familiar with the Thai Clinch will try to get out of it as soon as possible.) and quarter-step around your opponent, letting go of the clinch in exchange for one forearm around his neck, framing and pushing out. This will work to break his posture down as long as he is pushing toward you, you have some of your weight on him, and as long as you aren't directly squared up with him. This also frees up your other arm to do some damage.

-Because you know this position won't last long, you take advantage and start wailing on his head with a series of hard, wild, and loaded hooks as well as knees. As soon as you feel him start to slip away, you can either jump back in to try and regain the Thai clinch, or try to finish it right there as King shows, by throwing one last hook and loading up for a big cross with the arm that was framing across his neck.

Wonderfully effective, and to be honest, mastering this transition along with a little bit of groundwork is more than enough to get you through most confrontations you may be involved in during your life.


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