Analysis of Manasak’s Elbow KO
Fighting any opponent head on is foolish.
Muay Thai is misunderstood by casual MMA fans as a stand and bang style. Like all forms of fighting, Muay Thai is highly technical, tactical, and strategic.
Like in other combat sports, in Muay Thai if your opponent is charging at you, you want to move yourself out of danger. You could do this by moving back, moving to the side, or even moving forward to nullify their attacks. Moving forward and clinching is a strong reset button if you’re in a bad place. Moving back can also be a reset button. However, moving to the side, if done correctly, can be the most advantageous.
The goal of fighting is to hit and not get hit, and the most effective way to hit and not get hit is by taking angles. In the below Evolve MMA and Muay Ties video, Manasak is able to take advantage of an angle a send his opponent flying into the ropes:
In fighting, there are few as good at taking angles and countering as Conor Mcgregor. Even the great Saenchai said that Mcgregor’s “counter punching is really good” and that he’s ever fought anyone with Mcgregor’s punching accuracy. That is why Chris Mauceri has taken the liberty of breaking down one of the basic southpaw counters that Mcgregor has mastered.
You will learn how to counter with the left-hand, how to take angles, and how to put your opponent to sleep:
Southpaw Tactics: 3 Left-Hand Counter Techniques
Speaking of Saenchai… Saenchai is a fighter unlike any other. However, there are tools of his that may be analyzed and used by the masses. You do not need to be an athlete like Saenchai in order to fight on his level.
In the below video, Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdowns breaks down how Saenchai takes angles and how you can too:
Moments of Brilliance: Saenchai’s Taking Dominant Angles
“Train With Legends” Retreat at Evolve MMA in Singapore
The title is not an exaggeration.
Evolve MMA is the best gym in Asia, and there is no gym in the world that houses as many Muay Thai legends as Evolve MMA. Sagetdao, Petchboonchu, Orono, Nong-O, Yodsanan, and more and more and more are all instructors at Evolve MMA.
Well, not just any instructors…They are your instructors. Yes. Want private clinch seminars with Petchboonchu? You got it. Want a one-on-one session with Yodsanan on boxing? You got it, too. If you want to train with legends to become one yourself, click here to find out more info on this “Train with Legends” camp.
- 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.