Muay Thai Drills: Cam On – Ep 1

There is a number of Muay Thai training videos on the internet, yet here is our version. A new blog series launched in Melbourne follows “Round 2” filmed in Perth last year with the Thai trainer Dechsak Sangmorakot. Seven episodes covering various techniques of “The Art of Eight Limbs” are available on YouTube, as well as on FIGHTMAG channel on Dailymotion. The new edition is called “Cam On” with the first clip dedicated to leg check and counterattack.

For authentic and fancy stuff you should definitely look up Saenchai or Yodsanklai Fairtex. Nathan “Carnage” Corbett is your man when it comes to elbow strikes. Our idea is to share some of the Muay Thai training techniques and partner drills, which might be helpful for beginners, in order to help develop coordination and footwork, and also an understanding of “simplicity” where each following strike launched only after the previous one is completed.

I have previously blogged about payback in Muay Thai (counterattack) and how to stay calm in a fight. Regarding the leg check, there are opinions whether we should do it with the shin or knee. Personally I don’t see much difference, as long as the shins are strong enough. Legs are equivalent to the wheels of a car. So blocking the low kicks (leg kicks) is essential in order not to get “a flat tire”. As well, the thighs must be conditioned, since it’s definitely not possible to block every kick.

Late last week we’ve done (and somehow filmed) five rounds of simple Muay Thai partner drills with Lilian Dikmans. The scenario is as simple as it comes. Number one throws right kick. Number two makes left leg check and counters back.

Below is the round by round list which one might find useful. The combos featured as a counterattack may (and should) vary, we are talking “The Art of Eight Limbs”, right? What I find important is to finish first, and only then do second, so it keeps flowing (rhythm) and doesn’t get messy.

Round 1

The first round is a simple right leg kick checked and countered by right kick.

Number one: Jab, right kick
Number two: Leg check, right kick

Round 2

The counter in the second round comes from the left leg – the same leg used for blocking. You can do a switch if it makes it more comfortable and balanced.

Number one: Jab, right kick
Number two: Leg check, switch left kick

Round 3

One of the popular techniques is to through power right after the kick from the same side. One of the ways to avoid getting tagged is to keep your opponent away, thanks to teep.

Number one: Jab, right kick, right cross
Number two: Leg check, teep (front kick)

Round 4

Leg check can be used as a step in order to counter back with right knee. If an opponent is far, the distance can be cut by right step-in (step through) followed by left knee.

Number one: Jab, right kick
Number two: Leg check, right knee or right step, left knee

Round 5

The leg check can also be used a step (base) for right cross. Throwing a follow up elbow might always become a good conclusion.

Number one: Jab, right kick
Number two: Leg check, right cross, right elbow

One of my previous blogs covers the accuracy and adjustable fighting style. If you have just started your journey, the post featuring Muay Thai training tips for beginners and first-time fighters might be helpful and can be found here.