Defending and Countering [Wild] Aggressive Punchers

Tutorial #1 – Defending and Countering Aggressive Punchers 

Strong Muay Thai fighters must possess the ability to deal with aggressive punchers. We have our long range weapons such as the jab and teep & we can even use the power of the roundhouse to interrupt an oncoming onslaught [Reaper Combo Against an Onslaught].

But what happens when we are stuck the mid range? Where we are forced to cover up? Sitting still will throw your balance off of the centerline even if blocking, we have to bully the bully and use our short weapons displaying the beauty in the variety of weapons that Muay Thai provides us with.

Here is Maxx Muay Thai veteran and owner of Spirit of Siam, Chiang Mai, [Marco Merlo] displaying one of his favorite glitches against the aggressive puncher:

Notes from the video to remember.

Step 1: Block heavy punches by turning into
them with the forearm. Enabling them to slide

Or be absorbed.

Step 2: Time the hook and block within the
articulation of the arm to halt the movement.

Step 3: Skip the knee to create room for
more power, pulling the opponent down
and into the angle at which you stab.

Step 4: Using the momentum from dropping
the left leg, bring the follow up elbow down
with all of your weight.

*The heavy power of the follow up elbow comes from the
weight being placed on the front leg, dropping simultaneously.

*Breaking the opponent’s posture is critical in this situation.
Breaking their posture will maximize the damage inflicted.


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