Advanced Muay Thai moves and fighting techniques

In this post, I will focus on advanced Muay Thai moves and techniques which can be combined with standard fighting techniques like kicks, punches, elbows, and knee strikes.

Advanced Muay Thai moves and fighting techniques

Muay Thai moves and advanced techniques:

A Superman punch, also known as a Cobra punch:

A Superman punch generates a massive amount of force at the end of an arm of a fighter who throws it. On top of being powerful, it is one of the most powerful Muay Thai moves and an ultimate crowd-pleaser.

A downside of a Superman punch is that it is telegraphed and also that it leaves the right side of the fighter's body unprotected and open to a counter-attack. This technique was used in Muay Thai before it became popular in MMA competitions.

A Superman punch move:

Superman punch move

Spinning back elbow:

To throw a spinning back elbow you have to step forward with your front leg [left for an orthodox] to put it in line with your opponent's front leg, lift your front arm [left arm] up to cover your face, and strike with your [right] elbow by making a spinning back motion with your arms and an upper body.

Spinning back elbow:

Spinning elbow move

A Muay Thai leg sweep:

Leg sweep is a technique that can be utilized right after catching an opponent's kick to swiftly throw him on the ground. Leg sweep is a great defensive technique that can be used against a slow kicker or a fighter that telegraphs his kicks.

It may be also used from the clinch which is a technique unique to Muay Thai. In the latter scenario, you can plan a sweep and work inside the clinch to create an opportunity for a successful sweep.

Leg sweep technique:

Leg sweep move

A flying knee:

A flying knee is one of the most spectacular Muay Thai moves, especially when it lands cleanly on your opponent's chin. In general flying knee is very similar to a straight knee technique. To deliver a flying knee you have to use your supporting leg to spring off the ground and jump in the air toward your opponent.

There is a great chance of a spectacular KO when your knee hits the chin of your opponent. If you miss your strike, you will have to be prepared for a counter-attack from your opponent. That's because you are going to be vulnerable the moment you land on the ground.

A flying knee strike explained:

Flying knee move

A cartwheel kick

A cartwheel kick is something that Saenchai made famous with his fantastic fighting skills. This technique requires perfect timing and great body coordination. When it lands well it may lead to KO.

Saenchai has used this move many times with spectacular success when fighting much bigger guys than him. If it works for him it may work for you too. But only if you are stretched enough.

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