Basically, there are three different types of punches in Muay Thai which can be directed in a horizontally circular, horizontally linear, or vertically circular fashion. The circular punches can be directed in either narrow or wide arcs. The Thai style punches can be compared with that of western boxing, however, there are no Jab maneuvers in Muay Thai because they are believed to be less effective than the Cross, Hook, or Swing.
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Any person with a basic concept of western boxing will notice a variety of similarities within Muay Thai, however, applying western techniques will not always work such as ducking away from or under a punch, as this will allow your opponent to counter the move with a knee strike. Stepping forward with hands raised to protect the face in western boxing will allow the opponent to counter with a clinch allowing him to execute a variety of attacks with the elbow or knee. Or will allow your opponent to counter with a front kick, push kick or several low kicks.
Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000
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