THROWBACK: WHEN SAENCHAI CARTWHEEL KICKED SEAN IN THE HEAD


We’re republishing this one, because who wouldn’t want to see Saenchai kick Muay Thai Guy in the head?! Read this throwback to what might have been the best day of Sean’s life. . .

SEMINAR WITH SAENCHAI AT KHONGSITTHA GYM

Saenchai vs. Diesellek Aoodonmuang. Image courtesy of evolve-mma.com.

It was an absolute honor getting cartwheel kicked in the head by the great Saenchai.

Having a living legend and the top pound-for-pound fighter hold a seminar at our Nak Muay Nation Training Camp was one of the many amazing highlights of the camp. Besides learning some of Saenchai’s favorite Muay Thai techniques, a handful of us (myself included) had the opportunity to do some light sparring with him, too… and it was EPIC!

After the seminar Saenchai was cool enough to do a Q&A session where we got to ask him any questions that we had. He answered who his toughest farang opponents were (Liam Harrison and Fabio Pinca) as well as simpler things like where he locks his eyes on when he fights (hip area).

Take a look at some of the seminar footage which includes my sparring round with the man himself, plus a highlight of his three favorite Muay Thai techniques.


3 SAENCHAI MUAY THAI KICKING TECHNIQUES


SAENCHAI’S FAVORITE TECHNIQUES

#1: Fake Roundhouse To Teep

Saenchai is known for his tricky kicking techniques, so we were all pretty excited when he was showing us things like the fake roundhouse to teep.

A major aspect of this technique is having the hip dexterity to first follow the trajectory of a roundhouse and then whip your leg forward to land a teep. It is NOT a basic/easy technique to perform so it will take some practice to get right!

#2: Jumping Switch Teep

Another kicking technique that Saenchai uses often is the jumping switch teep. He uses it in two main ways:

  1. To drive the teep into his opponents chest, or;
  2. Use the teep more as an axe kick to batter his opponents face.

Try both variations for maximum results!

#3: Fake Low Kick to High Kick

The hip dexterity and flexibility of Saenchai is hard to match, but if you’re capable of this advanced kicking technique, then you should by all means give it a go! The fake low kick to high kick is not for beginners, but it’s a brilliant set up with devastating results.

It’s important to set up the high kick by repeatedly pounding your opponent’s leg. From there throw, launch another kick that starts off in the direction of a low kick, then suddenly shifts into a high kick with a “snapping” motion.


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Sean "Muay Thai Guy" Fagan owns & operates the largest online Muay Thai community and the #1 training resource for nak muay of all levels.








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