Monday, July 25, 2005

BJJ Move #38: Neck Clinch (a/k/a "Plum")

Muay Thai (Thai kickboxing) fighters use this standing clinch a lot. You can use it to control your opponent while you throw knees.

WARNING! These techniques could result in serious injury or death if practiced incorrectly or even if performed correctly. They should only be practiced with the supervision of an experienced instructor.

Neck Clinch (a/k/a "Plum"):

Both of your hands are behind the crown of opponent’s head (not the back of his neck), with one clasped over the wrist of the other.
Squeeze your elbows together, press your forearms into his collarbones, and lean forward at the waist somewhat.
Stand on your toes and try to keep your opponent’s head lower than yours.
This clinch is good for throwing knees. It is great for keeping your opponent away, but leaves you somewhat vulnerable to underhooks and shooting.
He’ll try to move away from your rising knee strikes, so fake him out by pulling left, then right as he resists and pumping the right knee into his face.
You want to throw knees with your rear leg, so move his head (say) to your right so he’s bent over at the waist when your left foot is forward, then deliver a rising right knee to his face.
You can create space to deliver knee strikes by explosively straightening your arms so your opponent is at arm’s length but you still control his head. Stagger your feet and drive your rear knee up into his jaw, pulling him into the strike and off-balance with your hands.
You can deliver elbow strikes to an opponent you are holding in the neck clinch by releasing one hand and using that elbow to strike his head while immobilizing his head with your other hand.

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