Muay Thai Clinch Technique | Leg Trap To Elbows

How To Trap Legs In The Clinch To Land Elbows

The last thing you want to do in a fight is stand still on unbalanced legs.

Standing still makes you easy to hit; unbalanced legs make you easy to knock out. This would be awful for you, but it’ll also be awful for your opponent if you can put him in the same position. Awful for him is awesome for you.  The beauty of this technique is that it’s a pick-your-poison position as well as a position where each dose of poison is lethal. Basically, getting hit is bad, but getting hit with no-stance to absorb strikes is even worse.

With this in mind, be prepared to do all sorts of awfulness in the form of elbows, but don’t limit yourself. Get creative. You have control over the opponent’s body and balance, so you can mess him up in all sorts of manner. Time to be a red painter, and paint your opponent’s face into a Picasso you will.

Muay Thai Clinch Technique | Leg Trap To Elbows

I hope this doesn’t happen, but it fully could. You may find yourself in a tough affair with a clincher who is stronger than you, or you may have made a crucial error that you need to now bail out of. Well, this is your get-out-of-jail-free card. Three get-out-of-jail-free cards. Be willing to make mistakes, but don’t make mistakes you know you can avoid, and when you make a real mistake, have a plan to get out of it.

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Sometimes you get a little tired…and you may not feel like knocking your opponent out with elbows, punches, knees, or kicks. Sometimes you need a hand, and who better to give a hand—than gravity? Don’t forget that the environment you fight in can be just as much a weapon as your own limbs.

How can it be a weapon? Take a look at this video from Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdowns:

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Evan Lee
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.

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