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How to Escape a Thai Clinch in Muay Thai Kickboxing

Learn how to escape a Thai clinch in kickboxing from Mushin MMA's Sean Hinds in this muay Thai training video from Howcast.


Okay. So now we're going to try and escape from some of the vulnerable positions that we could possibly end up in the clinch. Alright.

So you've ended up in the worst position you can be, okay, with your head down. Okay. Your opponent's arms are locked around your head, okay, and there's nowhere for you to move. So one of the quickest things you can do is you want to put your right hand around the waist and your left hand around the shoulders so your left hand touches your opponent's left shoulder. Okay? When we're doing this we want to try to do it all at the same time. You're going to step in, okay, and turn your shoulder, which is going to make your opponent break, and it forces him to come on the outside and then it brings you back and then you both end up in a position all 50, 50. Okay? Not in danger anymore.

When you do the other side, exactly the same thing. Okay? This time you come with the right hand. Touch the right shoulder. Now it's very important that you come all the way around to touch the shoulder because when you come in and turn the shoulder, if you're not all the way there it's not going to work. Alright? So right arm touching the right shoulder. My left hand on his hip and I'm going to step in and then turn the shoulder at the same time I step in, forcing him to break and then come on the outside. Okay. Alright.

Now, the other position is if I'm locked in here, okay, and I'm taking a lot of knees to my left side, okay, I don't want to stay in this position too long because I can't defend and I can't attack from this position. So he got a good solid hold on you. You want to take your right hand, put it on the hip. And from this position you're going to circle around to your right. Each time as you circle, you pull the arm out. Okay. And then you end up coming out and then you try and get to a 50, 50 position, okay, where you're not in danger anymore.

Now another one. When I'm in that dangerous position again, if I can't get this as quick as possible I need to drop my knee slightly and come in as quick as I can. Once I come in here I'm going to lock around the waist. Okay? Now, when I lock around the waist, I want to put my palm over my wrist, okay, and lock it in that way. Now, I've locked in this way, I want to bring my chin into the middle of his chest. Now I'm going to pull on the waist and I'm going to push out on the chest. Okay? The more I pull and the more I push, the more discomfort he feels, the more he's going to want to let go and, you know, we end back up in a neutral position again.

One more. In the initial going into the clinch, if my partner comes in and he establishes his left hand on my head if I don't want to clinch, what I need to do is pick my shoulders up, go up on my toes. Okay? When I go up with the shoulders and on the toes it locks his forearm in my neck and between my shoulders. Now, once I turn I force him to turn and break. If he doesn't break, then he's going to have some serious damage done to the elbow. Okay?

On the other side, again, they've come in. They've established position. I take my shoulders up. I rise up and then from here I turn and then that forces them to break. So that was just a few ways of escaping some of the vulnerable positions in the tight clinch.

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