Bodyshots in Muay Thai

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  1. TommyHearns

    TommyHearns Yellow Belt

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    ive been boxing for years and recently took up muay thai and mma. in boxing i was very good bodypuncher and was trained very well in this aspect but i was taught to change levels, bend knees, slip to the left or right and dig hooks into the body like this, while still keeping my other hand up and my shoulder up on the other side. but in muay thai i cannot do this because i just get my head caught in clinch. about 60% of my boxing was bodyshots and i hate to just throw bodyshots without these techniques coz u leave ur head open for punches.

    so how do you attack the body effectively in muay thai without leaving your head open to punches or tucked down and risk being kneed?????
     
  2. Neil Allen

    Neil Allen Amateur Fighter

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    Kicks and knees, espcially from the clinch! Body punches will work in Muay Thai but they are far more risky due to the use of the clinch and knee, I don't really use them much myself. I sometimes double up on my jab high then low, throw the odd right cross to the body but if I can hook or uppercut chances are I can more effectively clinch and/or knee from the same position.

    I also teep a lot in Muay Thai, a couple of really good teeps can work wonders!

    Obviously in MMA I'd be less willing to kick the body though.
     
  3. thai_boxer

    thai_boxer White Belt

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    i dont use body shots...its a risky thing, you take chances of gettin knee'd to the head or even the body...if your in close then i might consider doing it, but i just stick with the head shots
     
  4. Chthon

    Chthon Silver Belt

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    Not much else I can add, these two guys have handled it. I originally trained boxing and then moved on to MT as well, and in MT the knees are a good deterrent against body shots, bobbing, etc. And like was said above, in MMA even a kick to the body can leave you open for the takedown. A knee to the body is your best bet.
     
  5. BJJK1

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    i thought gomi utilized the body shot pretty well against pulver.
     
  6. Chthon

    Chthon Silver Belt

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    Of course he did, he's Gomi.
     
  7. Madmick

    Madmick Cerebrage Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    And Fedor against Crocop.
     
  8. BlackBeltNow

    BlackBeltNow Red Belt, but BlackBeltLastYear

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    Also, gotta watch out for kicking the guys elbow. That'll bring you a world of hurt.
     
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    StrayDoggy Blue Belt

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    thats why i always swing my leg from the side, not upwards
     
  10. TommyHearns

    TommyHearns Yellow Belt

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    Eduardo R. Amateur Fighter

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    I can't believe what I'm hearing, you guys dont use body punches in Muay Thai??? Body punches are great, you just have to set them up. A lot of muay thai guys dont have good head movement and tend to shell up when they get punched in the head, this is when you can throw your shot. It is more risky then in boxing but you just have to wait until they're in a position when they can't effectively return a knee (ie shelling up).
     
  12. DCmoney

    DCmoney Banned Banned

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    KNEES!!!!!! Deadly to crush the ribs. Even if you get caught in the clinch, you break it by uppercuts to either the chin first, or body second. BUT watch out for his knees primarily. Don't lose those basics from Boxing. You can crush a guy with a great body shot, because he may not be expecting that western boxing type move.
     

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