One will never survive on or off the ring without learning basic Muay Thai combos. It’s a fact and no secret to those who have been an avid player or enthusiasts of the sport. To put it simply, no professional player has ever lifted a belt without learning powerful combination during training. In various gyms and training centers across the globe, learning combinations is part and parcel of training due to one simple reason– better offense. A predictable fighter with no combination strikes can fall easy prey on the ring. Combos allow you to distract an opponent’s attention and with the right speed, distance and timing, you can easily topple one with the element of surprise on your moves.
But before you go around creating your own mix of jabs, elbows and kicks, it is essential to learn some of the basic Muay Thai combos used in training. In all these combination, it is also vital to comprehend that speed and timing as well as distance must always be adjusted vis-a-vis an opponent’s own moves. To get you started, here are some basic combos and a few hints on how to make advanced moves:
Jabs, Punches, Knees and Hooks
Start Muay Thai training with some basic combos that delivers a sense of normalcy to your routine. In most cases, one doesn’t start with kicks but more on combination punches, which is meant to poke holes on an opponent’s guard leaving one with an opening for more strikes. These combination punches, for instance, can be practice long and thorough until perfected:
- jab + jab + cross
- jab + cross + hook
- cross + left hook + cross
- Double jab + cross + left knee
Effective punches combination must always be simple and short, but in full force. This particular aspect must be carefully inculcated in one’s mind as it will be reflected in actual fighting scenario. Keep a daily drill of this combo punches to train your brain and muscles in easily shifting from one technique to another– in accordance to your opponent’s own combos.
Legs And Kicks
A jab + cross combo is a little predictable though. Even when combined with an elbow, it will still bore one’s opponent to death. It’s a great advantage then, to learn more about combination strikes using the legs and knees, either as part of the more advanced combo or as a complement when doing those simple jabs and crosses. These are some of the moves that involve the legs and knees to add to your combos:
- Switch kick (L inside leg kick) + cross + L hook
- Jab + R overhand + switch kick
- Jab + R uppercut + L hook + cross
- Jab + cross + R leg kick
- Jab + cross + L leg body kick + cross
- Double jab + cross + double jab + L hook
- Double jab + L knee strike + R leg kick
- Double jab + cross + R leg kick
- L jab + R knee + L elbow
- Jab + cross + L leg kick
- Jab + cross + L hook + switch kick
- Jab + cross + R leg kick + L knee strike
- Jab + cross + L hook + R leg kick
Some Points To Ponder
Muay Thai combos, in essence, are no longer about perfecting a drill, but more on making these moves part of your natural reflex system. One has to train the mind and the body to instinctively strike shifting from one combo technique to another vis-a-vis an opponent’s prowess or own fighting combos. Repetition they say is the mother of all learning experience, and constantly grating your body and mind of such combos over and over again will eventually make your system attuned to them.
Multi-awarded fighters do not just throw a punch or a kick or do a clinch out of instinct. Both their minds and bodies are actually wired to throw those strikes and counter strike combos due to hours and hours of practice. Repetition, as they say, is the mother of all hands-on experience. The more you practice the combination drills, the more it will be programmed to your internal wiring making each move almost instinctive in nature.
Bottom line is: training can easily get stale when you kept gyrating to just a single move. Muay Thai combos allow you to sharpen your tools and keeping an opponent on their toes in hopeless anticipation on what comes up next. So, loosen up and take time to research on some of the most potent combinations and multi-strikes from the best Muay Thai fighters. As always, finding new moves to a “dance” can make the rhythm feel more alive. To learn more about Muay Thai combos, here’s an excellent VIDEO to get you kickin’.