The Punch

 

PART II 

Unlike most other martial arts, the shoulder of the attacking arm is usually lifted in front of the face in order to protect the throat, jaw, and cheek bone while the other arm is raised in a defensive position. The main target is the head of the opponent instead of the body so as to avoid being hit by a knee strike, however, the body can become a target. Remember that every punch is delivered with the twisting of the hips and the turning of the waist. 

The fighter attacks his opponent by stepping forward and delivering a right punch to the chin.

 

The fighter attacks his opponent by stepping forward and executes a right hook to the left jaw.

 

The fighter attacks his opponent by stepping forward and delivering a left punch to the chin.

 

  The jab, though not used much in Muay Thai is a way to measure the distance of his opponent to set him up for a round house kick to the head or upper body 

A spinning back fist is fairly new to the arsenal of Muay Thai, but is used effectively and often catches the opponent off guard.

As Thai fighters compete more against western fighters who are well adverse in "Queensbury" boxing techniques, the Muay Thai fighter has begun to use many of these boxing techniques to counter the strengths and abilities of the western fighter.

 

Although only a small portion of boxing techniques are shown here, Muay Thai has adapted many more punches and counter punches from western boxing. However, it has still retained its most basic format, omitting much of the standard techniques, allowing Muay Thai is  to successfully counter these with its own arsenal of  body defenses and offensive maneuvers.

Artwork by C. Heyliger 2000

     

Copyright 1998 USMTA Inc.   All rights reserved. Revised: October 16, 2004