WATCH: These Elbow Combinations Will Elevate Your Muay Thai Game (Videos)


In Muay Thai, elbow strikes are devastating as they can cause significant damage to your opponent. Elbows are usually thrown in close range, with the aim of slicing the temple, jaw or facial areas in general. When executed flawlessly at the right time with the right angle, elbow strikes have potential KO power. It comes as no surprise then, that elbows are known as the knives of Muay Thai.

Want to find out how you can utilize elbow strikes? Today, Evolve Daily shares Elbow Combinations That Will Elevate Your Muay Thai Game:

1) 4 Basic Elbows From The Muay Thai Clinch

When you lock your opponent in a tight, strong clinch, you’re in a dominant position. As the clinch closes the distance between you and opponent, it is the best time for you to control him/her and inflict some damage by throwing elbow strikes.

In this video, 14x Muay Thai World Champion Petchboonchu FA Group demonstrates 4 basic elbow strikes from the clinch. If you watch closely, you’ll notice that he does not only stick to the slashing elbow, but also throws uppercut elbows when he finds an opening. Because of the clinch’s close range, he is also able to utilize knee strikes. We suggest drilling these combinations with a partner to have a better understanding of these techniques.

Tip: When you go in for the clinch, focus on getting a firm grip on your opponent’s neck or arm so you’d have better control and be in a good position to attack.


2) 5 Basic Elbow KO Combinations

There are many ways you can swing or move your elbow when striking, depending on your targets or the openings you find. Hence, the elbow strike is versatile and can be utilized in many ways – it’s all up to your creativity and how you wish to attack!

In this video, you’ll learn 5 basic elbow KO combinations as shown by multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadao. You’ll probably notice that in his combinations, he uses some elbow variations, such as the jump elbow, uppercut elbow and back elbow. These combinations are great for sparring or drilling with a partner, so you can develop your sense of rhythm and gain a better understanding of timing.

Tip: When you’re drilling these combinations, focus on one or two of them first. Once your technique is on point, you can move on to the rest of the combinations!


3) 5 Spinning Back Elbow Combinations

The spinning back elbow is a show stopping, crowd pleasing technique. What sets this elbow strike apart from the rest is the fact that you have to turn your body around in order to execute it, and it’s thrown at an unconventional angle. Hence, making it harder for your opponent to defend against it if you execute it flawlessly. The spinning back elbow can be effective when utilized after a fake, because your opponent would be caught off guard – hence, giving you an opening to land your strike. Of course, you have to throw it at the right time, from the right distance, in order for it to work in your favor.

In this video, multiple-time Muay Thai World Champion Yoddecha Sityodtong shows 5 spinning back elbow combinations that you can drill on the heavy bag. As we mentioned before, training with a heavy bag can improve your technique and co-ordination while building your stamina and strength. So make it a point to spend some time drilling on the bags before or after your training sessions!

Tip: To land your spinning back elbow smoothly at your target, you should remember to step your front foot over your rear one, twist your body, and strike with your rear elbow. Don’t forget to protect your face with your other hand!


There’s no doubt that elbow strikes are game changers in Muay Thai. After all, they can be executed in various ways and have monster KO power when thrown at the right moment! With that said, elbows aren’t the only strikes that can knock out your opponent. So make sure you learn every move in class properly! Psst! Here are more essential KO combinations that can definitely take your Muay Thai game to greater heights.

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