Hi to all...
I'm not a Thai fighter and haven't really had much to do with the art, however I've seen the Thai clinch used in real scenarios to control an aggressive opponent throwing a lot of punches/haymakers, it's hard to throw strikes with power when your head is controlled via the two hands around the neck/skull with elbows tight in. On top of that, a good knee can be devastating, especially someone who knows how to apply one correctly, Muay Thai fighters also seem good at transitioning between variations of the upright clinch that look strong and effective too. These fighters practice sparring for hours just clinch fighting and also become good at off balancing opponents and throwing them to the ground whilst they stay upright and strong.
So taking this into consideration, with some effective sprawling practice for the double leg attempts that often happen when a 'street fighters' head is pulled down, wouldn't this clinch be really effective in real self defence?
After all, it's easy close in to achieve two hands behind the opponents head and quite a natural thing to pull down in order to 'dominate' the opponent. In the Kata Naihanchi, the begining sequence has the flinch response with a follow up Thai style grab and push down, I wonder why Karate didn't invest more into this technique or did they and I don't know?
If you're a practitioner of Muay Thai or have experience of thai fighting and good at clinch work reading this, what's your thoughts? Also... is there a good way to approach practicing it, i.e concepts, do's and do not's of clinch sparring and good links/teachings on the subject?
I've used it myself in it's basic form during contact sparring with good results, especially with them devastating knee's! I've added a video of Anderson Silva using it the UFC and K1 below to show it's effectiveness ;
1. So is it effective to train for self defence?
2. Is it used anywhere more in Karate?
3. Any advice on how to approach training it?
I appreciate in advance any advice and thoughts on the subject...
All the best,