In Striking from the Clinch: Questions and Answers, Lou wanted to know how and when to elbow from the clinch. This is a great setup to elbow someone from the Muay Thai clinch.
This can also work really well for knees, short punches, and takedowns.
The keys to pulling this off:
- Step to the outside with one leg then back with the other.
- When you step back, pull your opponent into the open space.
- Keep a deep grip on their neck as you push him away then pull him into your short elbow.
- At the end, you can always go right back into the clinch.
To get some practice in on elbows from a standard stance or within the clinch, you can use a banana bag (Thai style heavy bag) or have your partner hold up Thai pads for you.