So, I don't know if this is considered more of a grappling topic, but I'd like to see some discussion on counters to the thai clinch. I've read the sticky by KK on the thai clinch and there is some discussion of escaping the clinch, but it seems woefully inadequate considering the extensive discussion on maintaining & practicing the clinch. The suggestions for escape were to take your opponent down or to punch your way out. There are much more useful techniques to escape the clinch "cleanly" thus setting you up for a counter or your own clinch. 1. Neck wrestling. Snake your hands between his elbows and grab the plum. Usually, if you're trying to apply pressure on the base of your opponent's head or neck, you're fighting with the strongest point of their neck. The higher you apply pressure to their head (around the crown) the easier it will be to force his head down. If you can snake your hands inside of his and get pressure to the top of his head, you can overtake the clinch. 2. Control the elbows. Actually this should be #1, because if you can't create space between his elbows, you won't be able to snake your hands in and you won't overtake the clinch. But there are a variety of escapes that involve leveraging his elbows. The most basic: place your palm on his elbow and (in one explosive movement) force the elbow up and slip out to an angle. This is what I mean by a "clean" escape, because if you get the angle on your opponent (about a 45 degree menuever) you will be in the best position to counter. The quickest counter IMO would be a lead side leg kick and then follow with a punch. You can counter with a punch, but you are using one arm to protect yourself, the other to force the elbow up and will take longer to bring your hands back to a position to counter. 3. The wedge. Force your hand through the elbows, placing your hand on the upper bicep of your opponents. This should be at a diagonol angle in front of your chest. So if we're locked up in a clinch, my right arm is forced through (depending on how tight the clinch is, you may need to literally punch your hand through) placing my hand on his right bicep. Now use your arm as a lever to force the clinch open and again, slip and step to an angle. I'm using my forearm to pull his left elbow up using the mechanics of this lever I've just created and changing my level to slip out of the clinch. Make sense? What are some of your strategies for countering/escaping the clinch?