Setting and Breaking Patterns to Land the Finishing Shot | Muay Thai and Kickboxing
Patterning is a form of trickery often bypassed by the eyes of a casual viewer. It’s effectiveness is heavily based on a high level of fundamentals; the better that you are at the basics, the smoother the transition between two similar, but completely different techniques.
There are many ways to set a pattern, it can be done with rhythmic movement by taking the body out of natural rhythm, by changing the tempo within a combination or by engaging your opponent’s mind on something that builds trust in predictability, only to sell the lie – a different angle / trajectory, or a different technique all together.
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Here you can see as Lerdsila gains the respect of his opponent with the teep (a Thai boxer’s jab) only to change the angle of the kick on the next attack – prodding an inappropriate defensive response and ultimately the knockout:
Although this is an extremely smooth version of patterning displayed by a multiple-time stadium champion, learning the principals of this skillset will give you a better understanding of advanced movements; both offensively [to set traps] and defensively [to recognize them before it is too late]. I thought that a lesson on this topic was critical and I have decided to release a video from my Heavy Bag Training Manual covering one of the many forms of pattern setting and breaking; in this example utilizing explosive combinations.
Learn proper breathing technique, how to utilize momentum to create power with opposite side combinations, and how to break the pattern, landing “same side” combinations without having to reset the body:
Pattern Set #1: Cross / Switch Kick
Pattern Break #1: Lead Hook / Rear Kick
Pattern Set #2: Cross / Rear Kick
Pattern Break #2: Lead Hook / Lead Kick
Add purposeful drills to your routine. Advance all 8 weapons. Create stronger fundamentals. Gain power, control, and endurance in the clinch. Progress in your offense and defense simultaneously. Create a relationship with the heavy bag as your fully functional, responsive training partner to replace the limiting excuse of not having another body to work with.
Nothing in this course is hidden, all three chapters of the course are free and your training beginshere: The Heavy Bag Training Manual [A Free 3 Chapter Series]
The way we pattern our brain and body to work in training is the way that it will respond in sparring and in the fight. I personally use a set number of these drills as a warm up with a partner or on the pads backstage before walking out to perform my favorite form of savagery.
It gets my body and mind in-sync, with the right engagement and balance everything flows. With good defense, the offense just automatically flows out of my body and all becomes seamless. Expect for it to do the same for you, it’s time to get to work.
Paul Banasiak is a Professional Muay Thai fighter/addict, 9x champion, trainer, and fitness professional currently living, training, and fighting in Thailand. After leaving medical school without looking back, he decided to fully follow his passion of helping others become the best version of themselves, creating MuayThaiAthlete.com. A website for those who are already passionate individuals that want to take their life, mindset & training to the next level.
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