Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Engraving Methods: Finding Range With The Long Guard.

For this months Engraving Methods, I used a clip I took from "MR. Knockout" Thepnimit  vs DaoFai rematch fight at Channel 11 Stadium in Bangkok. In this episode I slowed down Thepnimits use of his long guard. 

Thepnimit used the long guard from in the clinch to deliver a pummeling elbow, then long guards again, DaoFai backs up to avoid another elbow, Thepnimit notices the range and throws a mean cross that pushes DaoFai back.

Long guard elbow-cross

DaoFai showed tremendous resilience weathering Thepnimit's hail of uppercuts, hooks & low kicks. I was certain DaoFai wasn't going to be able to stand for the 3rd round but the man is a machine. Round 3 & 4 was more of a clinch battle with both guys throwing hard knees & whipping elbows. DaoFai managed to win by points but none the less a great display of power and heart by both warriors.

Their 1st fight back in November

Me using the long guard in the clinch (video)
The long guard is a versatile tool that every nak muay should acquire in their game. It can be used offensively to control, off balance and set up an attack. It can also be used defensively as a block or a push to regulate your opponent's attack and minimize their power.
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Danny Millet, is a pro fighter, muay Thai kickboxing trainer at 5 Points Academy (NYC) and when fueled by copious amounts of coffee, a blogger who breaks down and analyses fights. 

Danny decided to aim his life in a different direction and took the plunge by quitting his job of 11 years and donating his belongings. He moved to Thailand where he lived in a Thai boxing gym for 2 years, training full time along side high level fighters like Pornsanae SitMonchai, KongFah Aood DonMuang, Kanongsuk ChuWatthana, JomThong ChuWatthana and fighting in prestigious shows such as Rajadamnern, Lumphini, Petch Buncha, M150, and MBK.

After getting sliced open from elbows in his 1st and 2nd pro fight, Danny took the healing time to do his homework of studying and analyzing the training, tactics & techniques of high profile fighters.  If you're looking to improve your fight game contact Danny Millet to schedule a training session or check out his free training & fighting information on Youtube, and  Facebook.

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