This One Principle I Wish I Knew About Punching and Elbows Will Take YEARS Off Training for Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai Kickboxing…is Like Riding a Bike.

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It follows certain principles of your bodies movements…

…..and these principles run through ALL Muay Thai Kickboxing movements.  The reason it seems so mysterious, when you see these top level athletes throwing strikes with MONSTROUS power with such naturalness and fluidity…

Well it almost seems so alien…and superhuman. Well the TRUTH is…we all have the capability to move our bodies to throw with that sort of power and speed with the right technique.

Here is a video that shows the key principles to punches and elbows. I’ve already used the info in the video with great success to help people internalize punching and elbow strikes in one hour or less.

Upper Body Mechanics of Muay Thai Kickboxing – Punches and Elbows


Lower Body Mechanics of Muay Thai Kickboxing – Punches and Elbows

Looking back, I wish I had  this sort of information years back when I was decoding the art of Muay Thai Kickboxing. I truly promise if you practice these at home for a couple hours a week…’ll master the mechanics of punches and elbows for Muay Thai Kickboxing in 3 – 4 weeks!



Key Takeaways

  • The power in each punch and elbow comes from the ‘SNAP’ at the shoulders…not from how strong your biceps and triceps are in pushing.
  • The shoulders ‘SNAP’ by fully rotating them. They’re rotated most powerfully at the wrists.
  • Each strike is thrown along the centerline
  • Master the upperbody mechanics and then incorporate them in sync with the lower body.

*remember…the shoulders are rotated by turning the wrists…the shoulders are turned by rotating them along one side of the body.

Simple right? It is. After internalizing these principles into your movements…that’s where the ART in martial arts begins…finding your style and rhythm….your most effective combinations for your body structure…and continuing to sharpen your precision and technique.

Common Mistakes

  • Pushing into the punches with the arm muscles. This throws off the natural rhythm of your Muay Thai punches and elbows. The wrists should be snapping the same time
  • For the Rear Punches and Elbows (cross, rear uppercut, etc.) not planting the back foot into the ground – this makes you two forward ‘heavy’ without grounding your weight..causing you to fall forward if you miss
  • Making a Funky Face when throwing your punches…this means your trying to hard and exerting more energy than is need…causing you to tire out FAST

Keep practicing these piece at a time. I like to work the lower and upper body separately until they become natural movements and you can flow from each strike….like a snake!

As always, would love to hear your comments, questions and feedback! So don’t be shy…..shoot me an email and I promise to get back!

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