Muay Thai Fight – Clinch, Throws, and Sweeps

A big part of any Muay Thai Fight is clinching, throws, and sweeps… Well depending on you is fighting, but they are things that typically happen in a Muay Thai Fight. Clinching in Muay Thai is very important, it’s one of few things that can completely shut a person down if they don’t know how to defend while engaged in it. It’s also a great tool for self-defense, as a persons size doesn’t matter as much in the clinch if you know the correct techniques.

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  1. I-B- CLINCHY 2 THE MAX on September 5, 2015 at 11:04 am

    muay thai clinch throws ?

    can you pummel and hand fight like a greco roman wrestler ?

    g-r is much like thai clinch entries… you must accept and beleave this .

    there are about five different allowed and used methods of throws from clinch .

    1)first group is over hook– plaaam. single or double collar ties.

    2)next is belly 2 belly .upper- mid- lower=back crack position

    3)mixed grip . i have called half love vs body lock full love .

    4) ***half over collar and other hand on bicept – c-grip-some will call this meat hook-swand grip . cobra grip.!!!
    this is the most desirable grip because you can stear or move into elbow and more.

    you must learn to pummel and hand fight -TRANSITION OUT OF THESE GRIPS.
    slow and light weight pressure -grippings..

    if you cant find a partner to practice with lift weights . bumbells and kettle weights- non-stop for five minute sets..
    them middel eastern wrestlers use indian clubs and spin them all about the body -over head and around for

    strength conditioning.

    GRECO clinch aids every thing about muay thai clinch..

    lets talk about CLINCH throws .

    1 ) there is a knee bump lead in to pull type throw- this is like the one bukow does.
    this is for a fast nimble fighter only. learn about push pull hand action for throws.

    2) there is a leveraged throw -fulcrum , where you place your knee aside of the opponets thigh just above the knee

    cap and pull them. YOU MAY NEED TO FORCE AND FALL DOWN ON TOP OF THEM-if fulcrum action is

    ineffective or failed..

    3) twist throw -mostly from body lock .
    4) pull down -sit down throw. MOVING FORWARD OR BACKWARD HELPS. backwards is much like a lateral

    drop but has a knee entry ..

    5) from double collar tie-plumm twist an arm and stear the apponent step direction to twist quickly and jerk

    there head down.
    the majority of the time a knee is a predesessor -lead in and PLANTED in the proper place for the next action to

    therefore you must have and use a good round knee and PLACE it next to the opponents thigh and explode into

    you next move.


  2. MOE CLINCH on May 28, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    way beyond basic muay thai clinch .

    come have a read .

    clinch postures , positions, grips and transitions for maximum control, domination and scoring points.

    1 ) belly to belly has great advantages – smothering and stifling the opponent’s ability to attack effectively with any knees.
    1 a ) the majority of the time – knee cap to knee cap in a squatted position is most advantageous while maintaining the belly to belly.
    this posture and its related group of techniques -methods is a distinctive style of clinch fight.

    1 b ) furthermore the top skilled fighters utilizing this posture will -sway back – body wave to clear distance to enable a more powerful knee attack as needed .

    2 ) cross arm hands around the opponents neck very deep -.
    this is style group of moves for a fighters with longer arms .
    the top of the head is ** always well placed under the opponents chin or jaw line while simultaneously pulling extra close.
    2 a ) to achieve and maintain neck control a fighter will dig the elbows down clavicle medullary cavity gets the point of the elbow applied when needed
    this is always done and know body even knows except the fighters.
    2 b ) the head in the face is wrestling to the extreme.
    2 c ) application of knees is made via body wave motions .
    2 d )defense from incoming knees from this long arm grip is a rolling in or out as needed.
    2 e )from this head under there chin and long arm grip one can and should move elbow side ways and down keeping them pinch onto the opponents sides of the neck -hold tight this changes the pressure from solely back or neck to clavicle and under face-chin and rocking this is like an accordion – hinge action.

  3. point blank throws on November 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    thanksgiving and i give clinch moves to all whom can learn .

    Dan Gable, the Man behind the Gable Grip.

    one step beyond beginners clinch grips and concepts.


    Underhook to Pinch Headlock Attacks

    Pinch Headlock To Twist throw.

    Push pull bump throw muay thai.


  4. I - B - CLINCHY RETURNS on July 25, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    any one out there doing pummeling drills.

    particularly pummeling hand fighting for collar ties ?

    collar tie grip is one of the first moves to be accomplished.

    hand fighting into a snap down – or escape to bypass take the quarter or back .

    this becomes very important.

    any one hand fighting into elbows ??

  5. TYME GOES BYE on April 24, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    should clinch be made the first thing a new student learns ??
    this is said because of the flaming weakness most have in the clinch area.

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