Muay Thai Counter: Switch Stance Hook, Kick Combo

A Trick to Catch Your Opponent Coming In

This technique is like walking.

Alistair Overeem is a fan of switch-hitting, Tyrone Spong is a fan of switch-hitting, and Andy Ristie is a fan of switch-hitting. All of these men, you will notice, are beasts who can march their opponent down into the ropes before they punch their heads into another dimension. What tool allows this? Switch-hitting. But why is it like walking?

Pretty simple. You’re utilizing your natural gait of moving forward with your rear leg first. Switch-hitting allows for you to march down—actually, walk down—your opponent. However, we are going to flip this.

Instead of walking your opponent down, this technique is about countering your opponent as they move forward. The stance switch is a perfect technique for countering simply because of the number one and the unbeatable defensive tool every fighter has in their arsenal: distance. In an open guard/stance (southpaw vs orthodox) fight, you will notice how much farther apart each fighter is than in a closed guard/stance (southpaw vs southpaw, orthodox vs orthodox) fight.

Distance is the best defense, but it also, as demonstrated in the video below, makes getting the knockout a walk in the park:

The Switch Stance Hook Counter Setup

I know your worst nightmare. If you’re anything like me, it’s getting bull-rushed and knocked out in seconds. Pressure is not fun to deal with. You’re sweaty, you’re tired, and you’re all other kinds of uncomfortable. However, once again, distance is the best defense.

If you’re looking to flip that nightmare over, it’s time to utilize a defensive tool that’ll make Floyd Mayweather’s philly shell look like the straw house from the Three Little Pigs:

How to Handle Pressure Fighters

We return to the power of switching. If you seek more details about the power of the switch, you will need this Lawrence Kenshin Striking Breakdown:

Moments of Brilliance: Buakaw’s Deceptive Switch Sweep

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  1. I fight from a southpaw stance. To use the switch stance/hook/leg kick combo, would I switch to orthodox, throw a hook with my left hand and throw an inside leg kick or would I just stay southpaw and throw my normal right check hook, front leg leg kick?

    1. If you’re fighting an orthodox fighter, you would just angle off and not worry about doing any type of switch. If you’re fighting another southpaw, then that’s when you can utilize the switch to create a better angle and land your left hook. Hope that helps!

      1. I did mean facing an orthodox fighter. I rarely encounter a southpaw. More often, orthodox fighters will switch on me, which lets them use the same defense tactics and attack combos they normally use, and puts me in an unfamiliar situation. I used to continue in southpaw but lately I’ve tried immediately cranking an outside leg kick, which isn’t usually available to me unless I switch kick. I stay orthodox after the kick, bat down their lead hand and throw a right cross/wide left hook. They usually switch back so I do the same thing to return to southpaw.

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