Many people often forget just how technical Muay Thai can be. To become a successful in the ring, you must know how to set up your attacks, counter-attacks and have great defense.
For every opponent, you must have a strategy to nullify his tactics so that you can attack and finish the fight. One way to set up your attacks is by using feints or fakes. Using feints also help create openings for your attack. By confusing your opponent, you stay one step ahead of him, forcing him to react in such a way that is beneficial for you.
If you’ve just started sparring Muay Thai, don’t worry. Learning how to use feints requires quite a bit of studying and practice. Today, Evolve Daily shares 4 Things You Must Know About Using Feints In Muay Thai:
1) Once you use a feint, you must act on it quickly
As soon as you use a feint to set up your attack, you must act on it as soon as possible. This is because feinting creates only momentary openings. You need to react as soon as possible and know what kind of opening you created with the feint you used. When you practice your feints in sparring often, you’ll notice that your opponents will often react the same way. You can use this knowledge to your advantage and use it against your opponent.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Chaowalith Jockey Gym starts by faking with a step to the outside of his opponent’s leg. As soon as he lands his kick, he anticipates his opponent’s counter and fakes a second kick to set up a devastating low leg kick.
2) You must know what your opponent’s reaction will be
To effectively use a feint in sparring, you must know which openings will result before you feint. From this, you can set up your attack even before you get the opening. If you’re going against an opponent who is equally fast, strong and skillful as you, you have to able to use the feint well in order to win the match.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Kanongsuk Chuwattana shows 5 different Muay Thai fake setups. By practicing these setups, you can predict which openings will be available to you once you use them in sparring.
3) You must use a variety of feints
Variety is key when you use feints. You must always be ready to surprise your opponent and using the same feints over and over defeats its purpose. Your opponent will be able to time them and plan his counter attack, nullifying your game plan. Remember to stay one step ahead of your opponent at all times!
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun shows 5 different ways to feint. By using different feints, you’re sure to keep your opponent on his toes!
4) You must know when to use a feint
When you use a feint, you must attack one point first and then attack another. You shouldn’t blindly use a feint without a goal in mind as well as a body part to target. Remember, any kind of hesitation on your part will give your opponent the chance to counter. Upon carrying out the feint, you must deliver your attacking move with full power.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Singtongnoi Por Telakun shows how Rajasi It2000 was able to knockout his opponent with several elbows. By setting it up with a fake left knee, he was able to convince his opponent to let his guard down so he could land his elbow strikes, eventually knocking him out and finishing the fight.
Using feints may seem tricky at first but with enough practice, you can be successful in using them in sparring. Test out different feints and choose those that best suit your style of fighting. Remember, you must train your feints until they become second nature. Only a perfectly executed and timed feint will work in a fight.
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