When you speak to Muay Thai practitioners – especially those who fight competitively – you’ll find out that quite a number of them wish to someday land a knockout shot in the ring. After all, it is the best way to end and win the fight. But how does one get a knockout shot? You might be wondering. Is it brute strength or pure luck? Well, not really. A good knockout shot boils down to flawless technique, as well as the right timing, range and accuracy.
Want to find out more? Today, Evolve Daily shares Essential Muay Thai KO Combinations:
1) 5 Basic Liver Shot KO Combinations
The liver shot is the most devastating body shot in Muay Thai, because when executed flawlessly, it can cause serious damage and weaken your opponent. When throwing a liver punch, you want to be sure that you’re striking directly at your opponent’s liver – which is on the right side of the body at the lower rib area. If executed correctly, your opponent would feel an immediate sharp pain and loss of breath. Hence, putting his or her body in shutdown mode.
In this video, you’ll learn 5 basic liver shot KO combinations as demonstrated by multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao. It is important to set up liver shots properly, so take note of how Kru Nong-O does it in these combinations, and practice them on the heavy bag or drill with a partner!
Tip: When you throw a liver shot, you’d want to make sure that you’re punching with a slight upward angle. So when you execute the hook to body, throw it in such a way that it’s a hybrid between the hook and uppercut – this is also known as a shovel punch.
2) 3 Uppercut KO Combinations
When executed with the right technique at the right spot, the uppercut has the potential to knock your opponent out. This is because the uppercut is not within your opponent’s field of vision, hence, it has a lower chance of being blocked and as a result, increases the chances of landing at your intended target – the chin.
In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao shows 3 uppercut KO combinations. Notice how Kru Nong-O bends his knees while rotating his body and hips; as well as lands his uppercut right at the moment when he finishes his hip rotation. It helps to practice your technique in front of a mirror to make sure you’re doing it right, or if you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to ask your instructor for help!
Tip: Keep your hand relaxed as you lower it into the desired angle for your uppercut, ensure that your palm is facing upwards, and release your arm as you rotate your body. At this point, your arm is still relaxed – until it makes contact with your target. Remember to tighten your fist at the moment of impact for explosive power!
3) Powerful Muay Thai KO Combination
The cross is your strongest punch because you’re throwing it with your master hand (be it right or left), and pushing off your stronger leg. Also, because the cross starts at the back, it has more time to pick up speed and land on an explosive note. In fact, it generates more power than your other punches when executed correctly.
In this video, 3x Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion and ONE Superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke breaks down one of his favorite finishing KO sequences. Notice how he utilizes a fake knee at the beginning? Well, fakes are great for confusing your opponents and increasing your chances of hitting them with your intended strike! Find out more about how you can utilize fakes here.
Tip: Fully extend your arm when you’re punching, be it at a bag, focus mitt, or person. By doing so, you’ll get maximum power – which is definitely what you should be aiming for.
4) 20 KO Combinations by ONE Superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke
Variety is important when it comes to drilling, so that you’d be able to execute various combinations and keep your opponents guessing. Think about it: you don’t want to be predictable when you’re sparring or in the ring, if not your opponent would be able to predict what’s coming next and block or react accordingly. This would also drastically lower your chances of landing that elusive KO shot!
In this video, you’ll learn 20 KO combinations as demonstrated by 3x Lumpinee Muay Thai World Champion and ONE Superstar Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. These are great combinations to drill – whether on the heavy bag or with a partner – and can be used during sparring or in the ring, too!
Tip: Focus on perfecting a few of these techniques first before moving on to the rest. Remember, practice makes perfect! So don’t stop until your technique is on point.
Of course, not everyone succeeds in getting that KO. It has to be set up correctly, and executed with perfect technique. So if you want to throw that knockout shot, make it a point to keep drilling and giving your 100% to training. All of us at Evolve Daily know that you’ve got what it takes to crush those martial arts goals, so go forth and unleash your inner warrior!
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