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This week we worked on developing a strong kick. Check out these highlights from Aldo vs Faber, Aldo's kick is very strong and he employs it frequently. You can see some of the mechanics that we worked on, with impressive results.
Clinch work in class tonight. Here's a good video from Sinbi Muay Thai in Thailand with Saenchai clinching with Pot, one of their trainers. Saenchai is P4P one of the best fighters in the world, but Pot is able to control him at close range with excellent clinch technique and flow.
Great K1 kickboxing fight between Mike Zambidis and Chahid Oulad El Hadj. All out back and forth action, explosive punching from Zambidis, and both men have to get off the canvas to finish the fight. We will be looking at some sequences from this fight in class this week.
Tonight we worked more on lead hooks to the body and different ways of setting it up. Here's the video that we watched in class of boxer Mickey Ward, watch for several examples of one of the combinations that we worked tonight and one of his favorite combination, doubling up with the 3 (high)-3 (low).
As we like to say, "Clinch happens." Here's an interesting perspective from Muay Thai Guy about his evolving outlook on clinch work. In the local Muay Thai smokers and events we see a very high % of fights are in clinch range, which is why we spend a good amount of time on this a couple of times a week.
“Embracing” The Thai Clinch: Embarrassment & Epiphanies Inside the Clinch
Also check out this other video at 3:21 to see Ricky demonstrate a variation of the slide/pivot body hook setup that we worked at the end of class.
Nonito Donaire is another great boxer who is known for having an incredible lead hook. This video is a good demonstration of it, super slow motion from multiple angles. Again look for the mechanics that we worked in class this week, including the elbow follow-through, shift in weight, and trajectory.
John Wayne Parr, an Australian Muay Thai fighter who has won multiple world titles, recently appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast. This was a great discussion of Muay Thai and Thai culture, well worth a listen.
Felix Trinidad was a great boxer who was known for having a monstrous lead hook. Watch the hooks that he throws in this highlight and keep an eye out for the mechanics we worked in class tonight, including the arc throughout the punch, the elbow follow-through, and the trajectory toward the opposite shoulder.