Escaping the Muay Thai Body Lock Clinch

December 22 | By fightersagenda | Filed in: Muay Thai.

Muay Thai Clinching
The Muay Thai clinch is another aspect of this fighting system that separates it from all other martial arts. Clinching is executed in the closest range for stand up fighting.

Balance and control is the most important aspect when fighting at this range.

Controlling your opponent from the clinch and landing short attacks ie. punches, knees, elbows, and sweeps is the ultimate goal when grappling in this close range position. This can only really be mastered through feeling out and reacting with your opponents movements, and attacks.

Practicing with a partner in the clinch is the best way to really master controlling the movements of the opponent and clinching technique from this close-range position. Through constant training you’ll be able to build great cardiovascular endurance, develop timing, and position yourself for whatever attack or defense is needed for the situation.

Muay Thai Body Lock Escape

In this technique we will cover how to escape the body lock clinch, when the opponent has both hands underneath.

The biggest problem with an opponent having double under hooks or the body lock… Is that they can have greater control over you and can easily take you down. This is also an uncomfortable position where they can attack with a variety of different knee strikes.

This escape will keep you from getting put down and will help stop your opponent from banging you up with curve knees to the thighs and ribs. Remember, we always want to take the least amount of damage, while escaping this terrible position.

How to escape the body Lock

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1. He has you in the double under hooks or body lock position.

  • Secure the right leg instep on the inside of his left thigh to create a hook. (If I don’t have the hook in, when I come over the top, he is just going to come around to your back).
  • Grab the back of his neck with your right hand and squeeze your elbow in between the body (if you can) to create space and pressure on the opponent.
  • Place your left hand on the hip or get a over hook.
  • Rotate your right arm over the top and around to the right side of his head. Turning your body clock-wise to your right.

2. Keep good balance on your supporting right leg

  • Start to rotate clock-wise, as you press his head down with pressure in the same direction with your right arm.
  • Extend your right hook on his thigh to create more pressure, so it will be a lot harder for him to hold on.

3. Once the grip is released, place your right foot on the ground

  • Move your hips back and step back with the right leg.
  • Keep your body weight on your opponent.
  • Now you have the ability to counter with knee strikes.

Common Mistakes

Not putting in a hook – The main reason for placing the hook on the thigh is to create space and take away his balance. Also not using the hook will give your opponent a chance to come around to your back. Leaving you exposed for strikes and sweeps.

Keeping Balance – Balance is very important in this position. Remember, you are only on one leg and can easily be taken down. Secure a good balance point with your support leg… you might even need to hop around with your leg to maintain a strong base and balance.

Creating pressure on the head – Once your ready to rotate the body when your arm is on the other side of the head, it’s important that there is a lot pressure coming down on top to break the grip and bring him down.

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