Easily tossing and turning him in any position, using his strength and momentum against him, and landing brutal knees and elbows without barely breaking a sweat.
Now imagine as he picks himself up from the ground after you’ve put him on his back numerous times and how envious he, and the rest of your friends and training partners, will be of your new found confidence and skill.
When I started Muay Thai I (like many other beginners) I hated the clinch. I would do everything possible to avoid it during classes, sparring sessions and especially fights since I would find myself being swept, kneed, and elbowed with ease.
I especially hated clinching bigger, stronger guys because they would use their brute strength to pull down on my neck, bruise my ribs with hard knees, and toss me around like a rag doll.
After a number of frustrating times being man handled in the clinch by biggers training partners, and after a couple losses due my lack of skill in the clinch, I realized that I needed to improve my clinch FAST if I wanted to continue having fun training Muay Thai. Knowing that the clinch was the weakest part of my game caused me a lot more stress, anxiety, and worry knowing that I could easily be handled if someone were to grab a hold of me.
There was one fight in particular where a weaker opponent had his way with me in the clinch. It really shined a light on the fact that almost anyone could out clinch me… that is when I finally decided to do something about it!
After multiple trips to Thailand clinching with… Read more…