Why you should develop your punching skills for Muay Thai.

In respect of fighting systems, that are predominantly striking based Muay Thai, is the most powerful and effective system on the planet. However, pure Muay Thai as taught and practiced in Thailand is not as effective in mid-range punching as Western boxing. If you learn Muay Thai in Thailand at a typical camp there is very little attention paid Western style Boxing techniques.

In fact, in Thailand, punching is not rated as highly as kicking and knee strikes in competition.
This does expose a weakness that can be exploited by a competent fighter with good boxing skills, as Western boxing can be very effective when used well against a Thai boxer who relies on kicking.

The most valuable range for Western boxing tactics against a Thai boxer is the mid-range just inside of effective kicking range and just outside clinching range, or more specifically, at a distance the fighter can get a hand to control your head.

All of boxing’s main punches, the jab, straight right, hooks and uppercuts, are effective in this range and will be of great benefit to your training if you incorporate them when you learn Muay Thai.

Here are some tips and guidelines for the use of Western boxing’s punches and tactics against a Muay Thai fighter.

  • Develop a strong defense against the round kick, the 2 best tactics for punch follow-ups are the check and stepping into the kick, to strike, as the kick is being launched.
  • Train to counter the opponent’s clinch entries with the lead uppercut and rear over hand right. In addition, train short inside lefts and rights that you can use as the opponent attempts to clinch.
  • Work uppercuts in the clinch by breaking the opponent’s posture and as he/she moves to regain balance strike with the uppercut into the opening.
  •  Train your foot work to develop the ability to move in and out of your opponent’s kicking range rapidly. This will enable a strategy whereby you to move into range to draw kicks from the opponent, follow by moving back to make him miss, and then move back in fast to launch a punching attack.
  • Drill your ability to “bridge the gap” rapidly and without telegraph, so that you can get inside your opponent’s kicking range quickly and effectively without being countered.
  • Set up your attack combinations and “bridging the gap” techniques with feints; punch, kick and foot-work feints.
  • In addition, develop angular footwork for setting up your punching attacks, as you learn Muay Thai, that positions you in relation to your opponent, so that he/she cannot counter-attack or defend easily.
  • Avoid bobbing and weaving as a defensive tactic in Muay Thai as this maneuver will make you vulnerable to knee strikes.
  • Develop and drill punch combinations with elbows.
  • When you learn Muay Thai develop combinations and tactics that allow you to move smoothly into dominant clinch positions from your punching attacks.

As you may have noted, these guidelines are working to avoid the Thai boxers strengths and exploit potential weaknesses in his/her game, a crucial factor when you learn Muay Thai if you want to fight in the ring.
The majority of Boxing combinations that are used by Boxers work extremely well for Muay Thai, particularly when used with good footwork.  However, be cautious with body punches as they may leave you vulnerable to elbows and, as noted above, avoid the use of bobbing and weaving.

In addition, you must still train your kicks, knees, elbows and clinching skills, so that you have a total game of Muay Thai moves. Punching is only one element of the Muay Thai game and should not be considered superior to the other element, when you learn Muay Thai, as a strategy built on only one facet is open to being countered and defeated.

You will find a thorough account of how to execute and set up Boxing punches, together with all the necessary tactics that you will need when you learn Muay Thai, here in the Muay Thai training course

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