Tong’s Elbow KO
The clinch is an art unique to Muay Thai.
Sure, boxers also clinch. However, their clinch is focused on creating space to land punches or taking away space to eliminate punches. In Muay Thai, the clinch is about creating space to land elbows, knees, punches, and kicks (Peter Aerts style), and to ragdoll your opponent with sweeps, trips, and throws.
In the below video from Evolve MMA and Muay Ties, you will see a battle of knees and positioning. Right before Tong delivers the knockout blow, he digs a knee into his opponent’s thigh. Up until this point, both fighters have been exchanging knee for knee. It, therefore, would be likely that Tong’s opponent would reply with another knee after Tong delivered his. He uses this brief moment where his opponent is focused on the attack to reposition himself and deliver the finishing blow:
Sometimes you just need to hit the eject button.
The most famous aspect of the clinch is the double collar tie, also known as the plum. It was made famous to the world by Anderson Silva against Rich Franklin. Through the use of the double collar tie, Silva was able to turn Franklin’s face into a Picasso painting.
There will be times where you are turning your opponent into a Picasso painting. However, there will also be times where you may be on the receiving end of the damage. You can’t always win, but you can escape and regroup. This is how.
Muay Thai Clinch Counter To Escape From Plum
One trick of Tong’s in the clinch was to control his opponent’s arm. He controlled his arm to deliver the devastating finish. We’ve now seen how the controlling of one limb can reap great rewards.
Now, let’s see what can be done when we simply move a limb out of the way. Let’s follow Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdowns and see:
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- 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.