Friday, 19 June 2009

Muay Thai Clinch Escape

Today’s video is a clinch escape demonstrated by Murilo “Ninja” Rua and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Check it out and also read the further points made about the clinch and about why this video should be watched by all, regardless of there clinch experience.

A lot of people question weather one should bring there arms down to block knees as it leaves them open for elbows. The reality is, once you get caught in the clinch, knees will probably be the first thing that gets thrown at you and if your opponent is clinching you correctly (grabbing high up the head rather than the neck) with a strong grip it is very easy for you to be pulled down exposing targets for knee strikes, so as the video says, first thing to do is block the knee strikes.

Although this clinch break is quite basic and may not work with advanced fighters, the good thing about the video is the smaller points which are stressed such as pushing the face away with the forearm and not the hand, remembering to bring the shoulder in when swimming your arm through your opponents and if you watch the replay of the clinch escape without a partner, Ninja demonstrates good posture by keeping his back straight and pushing up with his legs. These are basic points of clinch fighting which all fighters sometimes need reminding.


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