STEAL OPPONENT’S STEADINESS WITH BALANCE DISRUPTIONS
Balance disruptions are when you momentarily knock your opponent off his balance. The goal behind these disruptive techniques is not to sweep your opponent to the ground, though this may happen sometimes.
Instead, we aim to momentarily unbalance our opponent by sweeping out his lead leg with your leg – either lead or rear – and cause a temporary loss of stability.
Stealing your opponent’s steadiness, even for a split second, will put him in a unbalanced position, where he can neither attack nor defend himself properly. This, of course, affords you the opportunity to land a big shot.
Balance during fighting is key; you must retain yours at all times. The moment you find that your feet are no longer firmly planted on the canvas, that’s usually when all things go to hell. Your balance controls what you are and are not able to do.
Putting your opponent off balance is an important part of fighting, allowing you to create openings. This move must be timed correctly, as you want it to coincide with your opponent’s attack, generally a jab. When he’s throwing a jab, your opponent is heavy on his front foot. This is the perfect moment to sweep that leg out from under him, essentially kicking out one of his two supporting pillars. The moment your opponent moves to plant that foot is the moment you want to sweep it out.
I personally like the southpaw vs. orthodox match-up with this technique the best since it tends to put you in a good position to follow up with a big kick (like you’ll see in the video below). Try this move and the various follow-up attacks demonstrated depending on your opponent’s position and distance. Once you have got the hang of these techniques, try branching out to other positions, such as the clinch.
- Jonas Staggs has been training Muay Thai for 15+ years and boxed prior to that. He stands 5'7" and fights anywhere from 135-145 lbs. His current record in Muay Thai is 8-2. He is also IFS Welterweight Champion.