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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Clinch

Written on February 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Aside from the kicks, knees, elbows and punches, it is also important to learn the clinch in Muay Thai. But don't worry, because Fighting Insider is going to teach you how.

Learning the clinch in Muay Thai is like learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in MMA. The only difference is that a fighter won’t get choked out or submitted in Muay Thai. A Muay Thai student can practice clinch work with an instructor or heavy bag, but it is best learned by sparring. Just be careful not to break your sparring partner’s ribs with a knee strike during training sessions.

As a basic, the Muay Thai clinch has two fighting range. The first range is where two fighters are tied, but with enough room to throw elbows, knees, hooks and uppercut. The second range, also called as smother range, is where either one or both fighters are locked in a tight hold. That said, throwing short-range knee strikes is the only viable move.

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