Tips for Taking on a Thai Boxer: First and Foremost -- Don't!

by Keith Pascal

If You Think You Have to Fight A Muay Thai Boxer -- Don't! Don't mess with a Thai Boxer! They kick trees. They hurt themselves, on purpose! And the ones that I have met seem to actually enjoy the pain, to some degree. Do you really want to fight someone like that? Really? If You Absolutely have to Fight But, if you have to -- or you have little berserker inside you, take the following advice:

1) Pick the Thai Boxer off at a distance. Don't get in leg range. Use a projectile of some type -- gun, shuriken (throwing star), dart, knife, pebbles, etc.

2) If you are in range, beware the legs and the elbows. They hit hard.

3) Pay attention to the arc of the leg or the elbow strike. You need to check the attacking limb early in the swing, before the Thai boxer has had a chance to build momentum.

4) If you manage to check early, you'll have more luck, if one of YOUR other limbs is striking at the same time as your check -- a la JKD.

5) Beware of head-butts. You probably shouldn't be on the inside anyway, unless you have practiced this position a lot.

6) If you are good at trapping, use it. You have to lessen the amount of limbs that can attack you, while you are gaining control.

7) From a trap, or a series of hits, a good joint lock may be your only feasible way to gain control. Certain kinds of joint pain effect even a seasoned Thai boxer.

8) Sometimes the best way to defend against a strike is by hitting a different vulnerable area. Not everyone can continue with their punch, once you have poked their eyes out, or crushed their groin.

Get a couple of safety techniques. I have a few secrets just for Thai boxers. You should have some too. And I practice against those types of techniques -- just in case.

That doesn't mean I am cuckoo enough to 'want' to deal with one.

Be safe.