Analysis of Thanonchai’s Hand Trap KO
Hand trapping removes the guard and can turn your opponent into a sitting duck. If it is performed correctly, that is.
If a hand trapped is performed at the wrong time, you become the sitting duck.
As with any technique, the setup, of course, is extremely important. Second to the setup is the timing. Like a leg kick, the hand trap is best performed when your opponent is off-balanced. In the below video, you will see that Thanonchai subtly angles himself off as his opponent moves forward with a switch step. Thanonchai then rips his opponent’s lead hand away and smashes him in the face, thus beginning his downfall.
The hand trap, if time correctly as in this case, can completely eliminate your opponent’s offense: one of their hands is down, and they are off balanced.
Check out the finish in full in the Evolve MMA video below:
The simplest way, as we’ve learned, to make your opponent a sitting duck is to eliminate their balance. Another way to make your opponent into a sitting duck is to make them a deer in the headlights. Lots of animals to keep track of, I know.
However, do you remember times in fights where one fighter simply shells up and doesn’t seem to know what is happening to him? Thanonchai’s KO above is one example.
If you want to make your opponent a deer in the headlights, you need fakes. Fakes will confuse your opponent and make you completely unpredictable.
3 Fake Teep Techniques for Muay Thai
Muay Thai is a highly technical chess match. It is “a chess match where your body is on the line.” We’re all trying to use techniques like the hand traps, fakes, and more to become masters. But sometimes the best way to learn is to observe and imitate the masters.
Let’s see a master at play through the eyes of Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdowns:
Striking Chess Masters: The Lead Side Triple Threat ft. Nong-O
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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.