One will never survive in or out of the ring without learning basic Muay Thai combos. It’s a fact, and no secret to those who have been an avid player or enthusiast of the sport. To put it simply, no professional player has ever earned a title without learning powerful combinations 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 be easy prey in the ring. Combos allow you to distract an opponent’s attention and with the right speed, distance, and timing, you can easily topple your opponent with the element of surprise in 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 combinations, it is also vital to comprehend that speed, timing, and distance must always be adjusted depending on your 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 rather combination punches. This is meant to poke holes in your opponent’s guard, leaving them with an opening for more strikes. These combination punches, for instance, can be practice long and thoroughly until perfected:
- jab + jab + cross
- jab + cross + hook
- cross + left hook + cross
- Double jab + cross + left knee
Effective punch combinations must always be simple and short, but in full force. This particular aspect must be carefully ingrained in one’s mind as it needs to be reflected in your actual fighting scenario. Make it a daily drill to practice these combo punches to train your brain, and muscles to easily shift 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 a more advanced combo, or as a complement when doing those simple jabs and crosses. These are some of the moves that involve both 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 based on an opponent’s own fighting combos is essential. Repetition they say is the mother of all learning experience. Constantly training your body, and mind of such combos, over and over again, will eventually make them like a reflex to you.
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 is the key. The more you practice the combination drills, the more it will be programmed to your internal wiring, making each move almost as instinctive as walking.
Bottom line is: training can easily get stale when you keep practicing just a single move. Muay Thai combos allow you to sharpen your tools, and keep an opponent on their toes in terrifying anticipation on what could come up next. So loosen up, and take time to research some of the most potent combinations, and multi-strikes from the best Muay Thai fighters. As always, practicing new moves like a “dance” can make the rhythm feel more alive. To learn more about Muay Thai combos, here’s an excellent VIDEO to give you even more information…