Muay Thai: Leg Feint/Leg Fake Series

1. Attacker throws leg kick. Defender takes the kick, leaning forward to raise point of impact.

2. Attacker throws leg kick. Defender shields.

3. Attacker fakes leg kick so that defender shields, then steps in with right leg, out with left and kicks defender’s back leg up at 45 degree angle. This is the “submarine” kick.

4. Attacker feints step out to side so that defender begins to shield. Attacker waits until defender’s shielding leg drops to the ground to kick it at a 45 degree angle with left leg.

5. Attacker raises leg to fake leg kick so that defender begins to shield. Attacker leans in to post and pushes defender back, and quickly steps in with right foot, out with left and leg kicks the defender, trying to hit the defender while the defender is backpedaling.

6. Attacker throws a rear leg kick toward defender’s front shin, aiming to hit with instep of foot (like kicking hackey sack), then hops forward on left leg while right leg is still in the air, throwing a cross at the defender while extending rear leg back at the same time. Attacker should land at an angle to the defender and immediately retreat into fighting stance.

7. Attacker fakes a leg kick so that defender shields, then in mid-fake pulls knee to chest and throws a push kick, aiming to hit the defender while they are standing on one foot.

8. Attacker aligns lead leg with defender’s body, then throws leg kick so that defender shields. Attacker steps into the kick, planting the right foot and leaning the front shoulder down slightly as attacker turns body to the left. Attacker performs a sweat-wiping motion with left forearm as they turn, leaning toward the defender so as to strike with the spinning elbow. Defender should shield for the kick and then cross hands in front of head, away from head, to receive the elbow.

Note: I need to clarify with Kru Joe the difference between a feint and a fake, and also whether this series is called the Leg Feint or Leg Fake series. I’ll update this post after I find out.

Updated 9/21/12 after helpful comment from Alaia–thanks!

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Muay Thai: Boxing Practice

1. Jab + Jab + Cross in place
2. Jab + Jab + Cross while advancing forward: for the cross, make sure to stomp the right foot when advancing with the cross. The stomp will provide a counterbalance and keep you from throwing too much weight forward.
3. Jab + Cross + Hook + bob under return jab + Cross

Muay Thai: Leg Catch Series 1-5

Leg Catch Series 1-5 (of 8)

1. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, steps in and throws cross to the head, then throws the leg.

2. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, lifts left knee high (perhaps kneeing opponent’s thigh) then stomps forward into a right knee while still maintaining the post, then throws the leg.

3. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, throws the leg, and throws a right head kick at the attacker, who pull steps (? verify this).

4. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, then kicks the attacker’s supporting ankle with defender’s right leg. This strike aims to kick the attacker’s supporting foot out from under them. In practice, defender strikes the attacker’s shin and then throws the leg away as with the earlier combos.

5. Attacker throws right body kick. Defender catches and posts, raises left knee parallel to ground as shelf while swinging left arm straight up and back in order to grab the trapped leg from underneath, then throws a cross at attacker’s head. Attacker ducks under the cross, but defender clasps the crown of attacker’s head and throws a right knee, and while knee is returning back, defender should in the same motion push the attacker’s head to their supporting shin while lifting the trapped leg so as to roll the attacker backwards.

Muay Thai: 4-3-2-1 Drill, First Part

The 4-3-2-1 Drill consists of 4 parts:

4 Leg Kicks:
1. Attacker steps out to the left with lead leg and throws a leg kick aimed at defender’s front leg. Defender raises left shin and shields.
2. Attacker steps left with lead leg as a fake, then immediately steps out right with back leg and throws a leg kick at defender’s back leg. Defender shields with right shin.
3. Attacker performs switch step, then stepping out to the right with right leg and kicking towards defender’s inner thigh. The defender cross-shields with left shin, pointing left knee across their body.
4. Attacker steps wider out to right with right leg and throws another lift kick with left leg. Defender rides this kick, allowing it to lift their lead leg back.

3 Body Kicks:
1. Defender had previously rode the lift kick, allowing their left leg to lift up and plant behind them. Defender immediately steps out with right leg and throws a body kick. Previous attacker rides this kick to their left.
2. Defender throws a right body kick. Attacker scoops this to their right, allowing defender to spin around.
3. Coming out from the spin, defender throws a body kick with their left leg. Attacker catches this, posts, and throws.

2 Push Kicks:
(Not yet learned)
-Looks like after attacker throws the defender’s final body kick, the attacker throws a push kick, then another, which the defender dodges using #4 footwork, to get to the attacker’s blind side. Attacker steps back twice to create distance, while defender mirrors their steps.

from Carlos, 3/22: after attacker throws defender’s final body kick and while the defender is spinning around, the attacker throws a right push kick, landing forward. Defender draw steps to avoid it. Attacker throws a left push kick, which the defender scoops to their left, causing attacker to land forward on left leg, with defender standing at an angle to attacker.

1 Head Kick:
(Not yet learned)
-(maybe this starts from the attacker stepping back 2x to create distance) Looks like defender throws a head kick while attacker does a “pull step”, leaning toward their back leg and dropping lead hand so as not to get pulled down with the head kick.

from Carlos, 3/22: Attacker retreats two steps while defender advances, mirroring footwork. Attacker performs a pull step, leaning away from opponent and dropping lead hand while defender throws a head kick. Immediately afterward the attacker and defender switch roles, with the new attacker initiating with 4 leg kicks.

Tips from KRU Joe:
-The first two leg kicks should be aimed at a fist above the defender’s knee.
-When the attacker steps in for the first leg kick, they should make sure that their head is away from center, and that their lead leg is bent, making them slightly closer to the ground.
-The last leg kick is like winding up to kick a soccer ball–stepping long right and lift kicking with left leg.

Pendulum kick, from Master:
1. Stand square facing opponent.
2. Extend left hand and turn body towards the right, faking a recovery
3. Skip left foot to where the right foot is, and once left foot plants the right leg comes around for a kick aimed at back of opponent’s quads.