HOW TO CATCH A KICK & SWEEP
Martial arts is about control. One of the best forms of control in striking is when you’ve caught a leg.
When you’ve caught your opponent’s leg, they cease to be a threat. Because you have their leg, their movement is inhibited. Because they’re standing on one leg, their balance is compromised. Because their balance is compromised, they cannot generate power. How often do you see a fight where someone KOs their opponent while standing on one leg? It’s extremely rare.
The priority, therefore, in the catch-and-sweep technique would be the catch. It is much more difficult to catch a kick and keep it caught than to sweep your opponent. With that in mind, pay very close attention in the Evolve MMA video below to the catch:
HOW TO CATCH A KICK AND SWEEP IN MUAY THAI!
WHAT TO DO WITH A CAUGHT KICK
A sweep is one of many techniques you can use after you catch a kick. Let’s go through a few more. While ragdolling your opponent and standing over them is no doubt satisfying, knocking your opponent out and standing over them is even more so.
The knockout begins with knocking out balance. Luckily, this should be easy for us because we’ve caught a kick. We’ve got a leg up on them. (Ha – the puns!)
From here, you can push or pull the leg, depending on your techniques of choice and where you are in relation to the ring or cage. This will destroy their balance completely. It doesn’t matter if they’re a super figure-skating gymnast ballerina that can stand on their big toe while balancing a refrigerator on their head – they’re gonna wobble.
If you can push your opponent into the ropes or the cage, a most violent head kick, Peter Aerts style, could finish the job.
If you’re feeling slightly gentler, maybe a simple punch combination could do it for you. Either way, the job is done.
- Evan is a gourmand of combat sports from Taiwan. He appreciates the beauty of Muay Thai movement and all other movements. He's got no rudder so if the winds blow northerly, he goes north. His goal is to achieve and appreciate.