Muay Thai Counter Technique While Backing Up
Moving aggressively forward and throwing hard strikes can be fun, but sometimes you’ll have to back up and throw a counter strike of some sort. This advanced Muay Thai counter technique is perfect when you’re dealing with an aggressive opponent who likes to move straight forward. Check it out:
Advanced Counter – Step back jab, step back hook, right roundhouse
There’s a few key aspects to ensuring this Muay Thai counter technique is effective:
How To Land This Advanced Muay Thai Counter:
- Stay balanced – In order to deliver any power in your counters and set up your final roundhouse kick, you need to make sure you have good balance while stepping back. If you’re having trouble with this technique, then try practicing the backwards footwork by itself first.
- Jab down the middle – The jab’s purpose in this counter is to disrupt your opponents rhythm and forward momentum. Will it knock him out? No, not at all. But ideally it will snap your opponents head back so you’re able to land the counter right hook shortly afterwards.
- Land the right hook with your punching knuckles – What I mean by that is make sure you’re not “slapping” the right hook by using the inside of your first. If you watch the video you’ll see how I turn into my hook so that my palm is almost facing upwards towards the ceiling. Not only will landing with your two hardest knuckles deal more damage, but the circular overhand hook motion may have a better chance at landing if your opponents guard is low.
- Slap with the left hook – The key with the left hook is that to push your opponent into your roundhouse kick while you are simultaneously stepping off to be almost lateral to your opponent. This will create a better angle for the roundhouse and also help you avoid any counters since you’ll be stepping off to the side.
- Rinse and repeat – Practice the footwork and the strikes over and over again until it become muscle memory. Also keep in mind that this is just one of the ways you can throw this counter technique while moving backwards… so feel free to add/change whatever you’d like to the counter combo if you feel like it would work better for your fighting style.
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