Lesson 19: The 4 Basic Types of Thai Kick

Presented here are the 4 Basic types of Thai Kick. These will allow you to address most timing, distancing and balance situations that you will encounter while applying your countering skills to the Thai Kick

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Lesson 11: The Step Thai Kick

The Thai Kick has a few important details to observe:

  1. Step on a 45 degree angle to avoid any potential punches and to increase power
  2. Come up off of the heel of the non kicking, post leg and allow your foot to pivot.  Do not turn your foot.  The rotation of your hips should drive the pivot of the post foot.
  3. Keep the knee of the posted leg slightly bent
  4. Use your shin as the primary striking instrument
  5. Keep the knee of the kicking leg slightly bent to allow you to put your body weight into your opponent
  6. Hand on the side of the non kicking leg should be on your temple
  7. Hand on the side of the kicking leg should be in the face of your opponent with the same side shoulder covering your jaw
  8. Breathe and exhale while kicking

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Lesson 9: Shield vs Thai Kick

The Shield has a few key points to remember.

  1. Connect your elbow to the outside of your thigh
  2. Keep your hand away from your head, making it more difficult for your opponent’s foot from wrapping around your guard and kicking you in the brain stem
  3. Point your Shield at roughly a 45 degree angle to create a 90 degree angle between your femur and your opponent’s shin bone
  4. Keep the knee of your posted leg at a slight bend to absorb the shock of the incoming kick

Doing the 4 things above will allow you to remain in balance and viable for an immediate counter.  Remember if all you wanted to do was defend, it’s generally better to move your feet.  If you’re going to take a kick, even with a Shield, your opponent should be getting something back in return.

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Lesson 2: Kick Stance

The Kick Stance is for use at slightly longer ranges.  Basically any time you cannot step and hit your opponent with your punching technique, you should be in Kick Stance.  The Kick Stance is more upright, keeping your head neck further away from potential knees and kicks and making it more difficult for your opponent to break your posture and own you in the Thai Clinch (Prumb), or set you up for neck cranks and chokes further down the line.  The upright posture also makes it easier to defend against leg kicks.

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Lesson 1: The Boxing Stance

The purpose of the Boxing Stance is to provide a stable platform from which you can minimize vulnerability to punching attacks while providing a solid base from which to launch your own punches.  A strong Boxing Stance should resemble a coiled spring.  The slightly crouched position minimizes surface area and also allows you to be agile and mobile while simultaneously harnessing the most potential energy for your strikes.

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Lesson 20: The 4 Variations of the Thai 4 Count

Now that you have the 4 Basic Thai Kicks down, you should be able to make them flow within the context of a combination. Developing the 4 variations of the Thai 4 Count will help you to incorporate the different kinds of kick into the spontaneous ranges, angles and timings that arise as a result of these combinations.

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Lesson 13: 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series

The 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series is the first part of Phase 2 (Counter). Like the defensive series in Phase 1, it is simply a efficient way to install a solid set of tools that will enable you to take advantage of your footwork and distance making abilities.

Different tools work better for different situations. Kicks tend to work better at longer distances against opponents who less aggressive with their pressure and give you time to set up in a stable kick stance. Punches are usually a better option vs opponents who are unrelenting and never give you the time or space to set up in a proper stance.

Learn the 16 Count Footwork and Counter Series and then experiment with your partner to learn which techniques work best in different situations and which technique you prefer on a personal level.

The Count for the Feeder is simple:

  1. Left Jab
  2. Straight Right
  3. Left Jab
  4. Straight Right
  5. Left Jab
  6. Straight Right
  7. Left Jab
  8. Straight Right
  9. Left Jab
  10. Straight Right
  11. Left Jab
  12. Straight Right
  13. Left Jab
  14. Straight Right
  15. Left Jab
  16. Straight Right
  1. Long Regular Foot Jab (Left)
  2. Short Regular Foot Jab(Right)
  3. Left Thai Kick
  4. Right Thai Kick
  5. Left Straight Knee
  6. Right Straight Knee
  7. Step and Slide Right, Straight Left
  8. Step and Slide Left, Straight Right
  9. Step and Slide Right, Overhand Left
  10. Step and Slide Left, Overhand Right
  11. True Right Cross
  12. Step and Slide Left, Bob to the Left, Left Shovel Hook to the Liver
  13. Hop Right, Right Hand
  14. Hop Left, Left Hand
  15. Right Swing Kick
  16. Left Swing Kick

Once you’ve got the 16 Count, Footwork and Counter Series down, experiment with using the same series against a partner who starts with a Straight Right instead of a Left Jab and alternates Right, Left, Right, Left as Opposed to Left, Right, Left, Right, and tell us what you discover in the forum here.

Lesson 12: Phase 1 Evade and Defend

Now that you have the foundation of our striking techniques laid, it’s important to understand the big picture.  Not just how to do a technique but rather, when to do a particular technique.  Understanding our 4 phased approach is paramount to  accomplishing this.

In Phase 1 you will use your footwork, hand defenses and occasionally a fading elusive head to stay safe, avoid, evade and defend against your opponent.  You should be focused only on defense at this point.  Do not allow your opponent to hit you.  Stay far enough away that you cannot be touched the majority of the time.  When possible you will make enough space to set up in your Kick Stance and prepare to counter.

The 4 Phases go in the following order:

  1. Phase 1:  Evade and Defend.  Make enough space to set up in Kick Stance.  Opponent should have to take at least 1 step to reach you with any attack
  2. Phase 2: Counter.  Attack your opponent’s bridge step.  Or Cover and Counter, Parry and Counter, Move your Head and Counter, Scoop and Counter, Or Shield and Counter
  3. Phase 3: Deconstruct.  When your opponent ceases to advance for fear of being countered.  Begin your attack.  First with a probe then follow by Deconstructing their defense
  4. Phase 4: Re-counter.  If your opponent begins to back up (using Phase 1 to set you up for a Phase 2 Counter), you must stutter your way in and attempt to Counter his Counter

But in order to all the above, you must first master and be completely competent and confident in your ability to execute Phase 1 Evade and Defend.

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Lesson 4: 8 Count Cover Set

There are a few situations where you will want or need to use hand defenses to handle an incoming attack.  Keep in mind that footwork will always trump any other type of pure defense.  But there are circumstances, such as limited space (a small ring, or cage, a office cubicle, elevator or living room), or when you are tired or have a leg injury that limits your movement that may call for hand defenses.

As your defensive skills improve you will gain confidence and you will begin to wade into the edges of your opponent’s effective striking range, this is sometimes necessary to draw your opponent out and set him/her up for a counter.

The Cover Set teaches you the basics of Covering Up whatever it is that your opponent is trying to hit.  They all rely on your Boxing Stance as foundation.  If you’re not angled properly, you will be knocked back and will be unable to counter.  If you’re feet are too narrow you will be knocked sideways and again will be unable to counter, in which you would have been better off simply moving your feet and resetting rather than covering up, taking a hit and failing to counter.

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