Advanced Muay Thai Technique – How to set up the Low Kick

Advanced Muay Thai Techniques – How To Set Up The Low Kick

This week we are sharing a great article from our friend The Muay Thai Guy on how to dominate your low kicks.
The muay thai low kick is a crucial technique that helps limit your opponents movement and deliver some serious damage, which could eventually lead to a fight stoppage.
As you progress as a nak muay, you need to learn how to set up certain low kick techniques so you are able to land them without the risk of getting them checked or blocked. Take a look at these 6 muay thai low kick techniques and try adding some of them to your bag of tricks.
Here are the 6 muay thai techniques:
  1. Fake and Drag – Fake a low kick by turning your hip slightly and dragging your back foot. This will ideally draw your opponent’s leg up to try to check your attack. Once they plant their foot back down, that’s when you throw the low kick.
  2. Stiff Arm – Use a stiff arm or a long guard to drive your opponent back. As your opponent steps back, time your low kick when he/she puts all their weight on one foot.
  3. Clinch and Push – While disengaging from the clinch, push your opponent back and land a low kick as their foot plants on the ground
  4. Kick Straight Through – Stop their check! Kick straight through their block and aim for their back leg.
  5. Submarine Kick – Maybe you don’t want to do a shin-on-shin kick, so use the submarine kick to avoid the check while kicking your opponent’s back leg.
  6. Fake and Sweep – If your opponent falls for the fake low kick technique, use it to your advantage by swinging behind them and dumping them on the canvas.
6 counters to the left kick


  • Check and Return – Pretty self explanatory. Lift your right leg diagonally forward to check your opponents body kick and return immediately with a kick of your own.
  • Catch and Counter – Use your right arm to soften the blow of the kick to the body while at the same time using your other arm to grab a hold of your opponents kick. From there, sweep your opponents leg past you as you load up a left roundhouse of your own.
  • Catch and Sweep – Again, use your right arm to avoid taking a kick directly to the ribs by tucking it in tight to absorb the blow. From there, reach under to grab a hold of your opponents kicking leg then proceed to swing it through as you position yourself to sweep your opponents post leg.
  • Catch and Knee – As your opponent kicks, step away from the kick and catch it against your body. As you are stepping away and catching the kick, you need to set up your feet to deliver a knee straight to your opponents sternum.
  • Catch and Spinning Elbow – This is a badass technique, especially if you pull it off. Catch your opponents kick by using your right arm to block and your left arm to catch. From there go directly into the spinning back elbow as you drop your opponents leg.
  • Block and Return – If the kick comes in too fast for you to catch or check, then use your right arm to block and return with a 3 strike combination.                                                                                            


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