MUANTHAI’S Elbow From Hell

Up Elbow KO Earned From Clever Feints

Over thousands of years, though technique has evolved, the principles of martial arts have not changed. The principles Alexander used to conquer are the same principles Mayweather used to defeat McGregor. Today, we’re going to focus on two of the core principles present in all combat: environment and deception.

As the legendary general, military strategist, and author of The Art of War, Sun Tzu, wrote, “All warfare is based on deception.” In the below Evolve MMA video, Muangthai walks and teeps his opponent to the ropes, cleverly using his environment to his advantage. As he continues to march forward, he lifts his lead leg. His opponent lifts his knee and arms to defend, but Muangthai, rather than teeping, slashes through his opponent’s defense with a brutal elbow.


Fight Breakdown | Up Elbow KO | Orono Wor Petchpun

The Clever Feinter

As the 16th-century born Samurai Miyamoto Musashi wrote in The Book of Five Rings, “If you make your opponent flinch, you have already won.” Everyone knows the value of a feint, of course. But the reality is not so black and white. Many fights are won because of feints, but how many fights are lost because the technique following the feint was anticipated and countered?

This is what makes Muangthai’s feint most clever: he feinted with the teep. The teep is one of the safest strikes we can throw. There’s minimal exposure and it is a quick technique where the leg can be easily retracted into your stance. Furthermore, Muangthai uses the threat of the ropes to make his opponent even more wary of his teep.

Muangthai even uses the drive from his feinted teep to lunge himself diagonally forward. He places his lead leg on the outside of his opponent’s lead leg, aligning his rear elbow perfectly with his opponent’s chin. His feinted teep pulls himself and his elbow forward, and he boom comes the knockout.


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