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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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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Kicks

Written on February 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider is giving you the basic Muay Thai kicks that a future MMA fighter must know.

In this week’s edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider is giving you the basic kick techniques. In Muay Thai, kicks are the sport’s easy trademark because its execution differs from other form of martial arts. And to execute a kick, there are seven points that a fighter must remember.

What are those and the basic Muay Thai kicks are posted after the break.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Punches

Written on January 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fighting Insider is once again giving another set of fighting techniques. This time, we are giving you the basic Muay Thai punches. Get some warm up and hit the play button on the videos below.

Albeit one good kick can end a fight, legs aren’t enough. A good Muay Thai boxer uses punches to set up his kicks and knee strikes. It is also used to close the distance, until you can clinch or hit your opponent with your elbow. Compared to western boxing, a Thai boxer does not crouch, and do less weaving because it makes the kick difficult to set up.

In any fighting system, the jab is the most basic punch. Its primary function is to set up kicks, knees, elbows, clinches, and other punches. A jab is also used to stop an advancing opponent. From jab comes other variations of Muay Thai punches like Cross Jab, Hook, and Upper Cut. But to understand this basic Muay Thai punches fully well, a series of videos are provided after the break.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners

Written on January 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Muay Thai is arguably the best striking form around today. Thanks to the popularity of mixed martial arts organizations like the UFC, people who otherwise would never have known about this, are getting a first hand look at it.

Now that Fighting Insider is done giving you some basic moves from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, next on the list is Muay Thai. Arguably, Muay Thai is one of the best striking form there is nowadays. And because of mixed martial arts organizations like UFC, people who do not know this kind of fighting technique is getting a first-hand look at it.

So if you are interested in learning Muay Thai, check out Fighting Insider’s beginner’s guide. Just remember that stuffs you’ll be reading after the skip are just the basics. But Fighting Insider promises to bring in helpful fighting techniques in the future.

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