As a follow up to our previous post on improving sparring, we will now turn to the subject of studying film and self studying for Muaythai. Let’s get right into it!
Muaythai Technique & Tips
Note that there are a number of different channels and videos out there for Muaythai so feel free to go down the rabbit hole and pick a weapon to study.
One of the top channels out there is fightTIPS by Shane Fazen. This a great channel to study film on how other enthusiasts perform certain techniques. For example, take a look at how Shane demonstrates and talks about the weapon you should be throwing for more frequency
Now, take note of the five common mistakes he talks about:
A) Not throwing the jab enough
When you spar, this should be the most common weapon you throw because it sets up different scenarios. How will your opponent react to it? When you throw your jab, does it open up an opportunity to throw another weapon in range?
Let’s look at the other side of the coin: Is your opponent not throwing enough jabs? How else are they setting up?
B) Half extension
When you hit pads, are you half extending your jab/cross? Or how about when you shadow box? What you do in practice will translate in practical experience. How will you know what your full range is, if you don’t practice.
You don’t necessarily need to add extra power to your jab. Sure you can add some pop to it, but it’s mainly a setup weapon. Usually when people throw their jab for more power, they will overdo it by reaching in. This will make them susceptible to easy counters from their opponents.
D) Lazy Retraction
If you leave your jab hanging, not following the exact same path as thrown, you will receive a hard counter back.
Way too often we’ll see members moving their hands before they throw their jab. Keep your hands still so you’re not giving away your next move.
Now, it’s one thing to watch someone do Muaythai to show you technique, it’s your turn now to practice on your own and apply what you learned. Shadow box, film yourself and see if you’re getting into bad habits!
A simple search for film where you type in “muaythai combinations” in YouTube will provide you pages and pages of results.
Three channels you can take a look into are:
We won’t get into the clips in this blog post, but pick out a few that may be of interest to you from these channels and see how you can implement these the next time you shadow box. Use these in addition to the combinations you learn during our beginner and intermediate Muaythai classes.
We’ll look into dissecting clips in future posts!
A brilliant man once said that, “if you don’t watch Muaythai fights, then you don’t truly like Muaythai”.
Avoiding the bandwagon of Saenchai and Buakaw, take a look at other fighters like Yodsanklai, Petchboonchu, Pornsanae, Rodlek or Samart and see how they fared in their careers.
If you’re a woman just starting out, maybe check out Tiffany ‘Time Bomb’ Van Soest or Anissa Meksen.
For some Canadian Content, see Simon Marcus, Joseph Valtellini (Bazooka Joe), or Matt Embree.
How about our very own, Mat Jao back in November 2017 when he fought against a tough House of Champions opponent during the Nationals Tournament.
Fun Fact: Kru Alin from House of Champions is a known instructor that resides here in Ontario that coached the likes of Shane Campbell, Claude Patrick and Denis Puric.
When watching any Muaythai fight, see how each fighter strings together combinations. What weapon do they use often? Look how after they attack, they’re back in their Muaythai stance. How do they set up a combination for maximum damage? Your job here is to analyze what the other person is doing and then re-applying it into your game when you take part in our technical sparring sessions during the week.
How else do you study Muaythai outside the class? Would love to hear your suggestions below!