The dynamic teep has been known to accomplish everything from knockbacks to knockouts. It stuns, winds, deflates, exhausts, and hurts opponents – all in one swift, stabbing strike forward. . .
TEEPS UNRAVEL & DEFEAT ALL STYLES OF MUAY THAI
When it comes to Muay Thai, everybody immediately thinks about kicks and elbows. Yes– they’re deadly. Yes– they result in spectacular knockouts.
However, the most underrated strike in all of Muay Thai is the teep, or push kick. The teep has so many uses, and someone who can master a dynamic teep can beat any fighting style.
Some of you may or may not have seen this picture (right) circulating recently. It comes from Arjan Prahmoud’s manual on Muay Thai techniques. (For reference, Prahmoud created the second greatest number of champions during the Golden Era of Muay Thai, right behind Arjan Yodtong.)
In terms of scoring, there is definitely a “rock-paper-scissors” sort of game going on in Muay Thai. But the one move that trumps the rest is the teep.
TEEPS TO CREATE SPACE & HURT YOUR OPPONENT
We all know that our legs are our longest limbs. It’s a lot easier to land kicks on someone than to land punches (generally speaking) because we don’t have to get as close.
With the teep using the leg plus its forward projectile motion, the teep is the longest-ranged, most dynamic strike you can throw in Muay Thai. It’s function is to keep people away. You keep them away, they can’t land anything. They can’t land anything, they can’t score. They can’t score, they lose and you win. That’s a gross simplification of a successful teeping strategy.
Many are trained to believe that the teep is simply a defense mechanism to avoid getting hit, but it’s so much more than that. The teep can be used defensively and offensively.
Use of the teep can prevent you from getting worn down and out by an incoming brawler. A good teep can knock your opponent off-balance, wind them, and/or even knock them out (see below). There’s almost nothing more frustrating than not being able to hit someone no matter how hard you try!
TEEPS FOR PURE POWER
Teeps to the body are the easiest to land as the midsection is a big target. These wind your opponent as they have to flex everytime they see the teep come. (When you flex, you involuntarily hold your breath a bit.)
Teeps to the thigh/hip (not legal in some places) are great at deterring any sort of movement. The infamous teep to the face is great for showmanship as well as outright disrespecting your opponent in the ring. If landed at the right spot with enough force, teeps to the face can also knock people out.
Get to the gym and work on your teeps! One more GIF for inspiration:
- Plant-based fighter, foodie, and aspiring physical therapist. Angela is currently living in Bangkok and training full time.