Monday, December 1, 2014

4 Keys to Fighting A Taller Opponent (Sam-A vs Bangpleenoi)

Do you get frustrated when facing taller opponents? 
In this post I outline the tactical tools Sam-A used to defeat his taller opponent with a KO finish. I broke it down into 4 principals in which you can include in to your training.

Longest weapon to nearest target

Petchyindee's birthday show, November 25, 2014, Lumphini Stadium. Sam-A GaiYangHaDao gym faced a taller opponent, Bangpleenoi 96Penang gym, for Thailand's Featherweight (126 lbs) Title. 

Mixed in with a few pawing jabs, you will notice that Sam-A uses the teep (more about teeps here) to Bangpleenoi's upper thigh/hip area. This serves a few purpose.
  • It measures distance.
  • Gauges opponent's reaction and response.
  • Can make an opponent hesitate on attacking.
  • Stop an opponent's forward movement.

Since the shorter fighter is giving up range, it would be wise to lead with teeps and jabs to your opponents nearest target. Whether it's pawing jabs to the hands or teeps to thier leg. It's the most active way to figure out your range.

Re direction, Angle & Sweep
Sam-A (Red) redirects Bangpleenois's (Blue) feedback kick. This puts Sam-A in an oblique angle, outside of blue's power side, which enables red to land a straight cross and easily twist blue for a sweep. (:52)

Red re-directs again, this time he throws the low kick then cross. Blue ties him for the clinch but red gets inside control, flares his arm up to prevent incoming elbows, and disengages from the clinch. (1:10)

Red draws blue into "checking" for a low kick but it was a bluff. Sam-A pulls off a sweep. (1:37)

Neutralize Their Clinch

In many occasion Sam-A nullify Bangpleenoi's clinch by quickly aiming for inside collar control and restraining blue's arm (which prevents an opponent from elbowing and assist in turns/sweeps). Red also uses turns and sweeps to make blue's foundation rocky so as to not let blue get set in a dominate position.

  1. Inside arm control (prevents opponent from regaining better position and/or elbowing).
  2. Outside frame to face (disrupts opponents inside collar control)

  1. Both arms aimed at the inside.
  2. Right hand on opponents bicep in order to restrains his arm.

Leg raised in a "Check" position is used in order to prevent/block opponent's knee strikes.

Here it is in Action

  1. Red shoots for inside control in the clinch but blue works to get inside.
  2. Red turns blue in order to prevent him from establishing a dominate clinch position. (2:59)

  1. Sam-A controls the pocket; pawing jab to check the range then meets blue with a cross.
  2. Red frames against blue's clinch attempt and then disturbs his balance with a foot sweep into mid kick. (4:39)
Off Balance & Blitz
As Bangpleenoi tries to regain his balance Sam-A charges him like Winnie The Pooh all over honey. Red finishes blue with an onslaught of knees, a head kick, uppercuts and some more knees.

Final thoughts
The majority of striking sports favors the lengthier fighter. These strategies are from high profile fighters in which you can incorporate into your own training. Here are the principals Sam-A used to deal with Bangpleenoi's reach;

  • Longest attack to opponents nearest target (teeps the hip/thigh & pawing jabs)
  • Off balance techniques (mix lowkicks with sweeps)
  • Neutralize the clinch (aim for dominant hand position)
  • Blitz when opponent is trying to regain his balance

I hope you find these guide lines helpful for your training or next fight. Here is the full fight video from Muay Ties Youtube channel. 

1 comment:

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