As a Muay Thai student, knowing how to defend attacks is just important as learning offense. If you’re starting to spar, you’ll realize just how much you need to perfect your defense in order to last the rest of the spar and eventually win it.
If you’re looking for one of the easiest ways to defend a kick, the slide back defense is the way to go. The slide back is most effective for evading kicks aimed at the midsection and legs, allowing you to launch your counter attack quickly. The slide back could also be used to defend against a sweep as well as punches. Today, Evolve Daily reveals 4 Things You Must Know About Using The Slide Back Defense In Muay Thai:
How to execute the slide back defense: As your opponent throws a strike, take a quick step back for defense so that your opponent misses his/her target. As soon as you step back, your lead foot must follow though by sliding along with the step. Once you’re back in stance, you must immediately launch your counter attack.
1) Your counter attacks must be in the correct range.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Sagetdao Petpayathai shows three different counterattacks to follow the slide back defense. You’ll notice that the techniques he uses require him to take a step forward to close the distance.
2) You must react quickly.
The slide back is a quick movement, almost like reflex. If you take your time, your opponent will surely react and attack right away. Thus, if you want to use the slide back, you must do it swiftly and subtly to prevent any reaction from your opponent. More importantly, if you react quickly, your opponent will have less of a chance to defend.
3) Don’t forget to set up your attack.
All good Muay Thai fighters know that setting up an attack is always a must, especially if you want to land it. In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Orono Wor Petchpun shows several set-ups using the slide back defense as his opponent counters. Watch how Orono perfectly times each of his attacks following the slide back defense.
4) You must maintain your balance.
Because of the momentum needed to execute the slide back defense, remember to let your lead foot follow your rear foot so that you don’t lose balance. Keeping your balance is essential in Muay Thai, especially since you’re always on one foot when you launch your kicks.
To add the slide back defense to your arsenal of weapons, you must drill it with a partner. Remember, the slide back must be perfectly timed in order for it to be effective. So tell us, when will you start using the slide back defense in Muay Thai?