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Old 11-30-2007, 09:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another Southpaw Question!!

I'm a former southpaw boxer looking to get into Muay Thai.

I'm having trouble get in on my opponent, While sparring I'll try either jabbing in or kicking with the back foot to move in close to my opponent (I'm always looking to get in to punching range, working to my strengths)

When I try these techniques I get soundly thigh kicked and my opponent moves.

Is it just my lack of experience ? should I try and check the thigh kick and use that to get into puching range?

My question is what would be a good entry technique for a southpaw?, should I work hard on developing a solid thigh kick off the my front foot and use that? or just look to "check" and than attack.

I do want to be a all-rounded fighter but I know it's going to take alot of training and sweat to change from a boxer to kickboxer.

Any help would be great, thanks.
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Old 01-01-2008, 06:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Personally I would Check the kick followed up by a jab-cross-hook-powerkick to the ribs or liver (Im a southpaw and our power kicks almost always hit the liver)...A LA BAS RUTTEN.
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Old 01-01-2008, 09:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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When I learned muay thai. Kicking is a good way to set up other things and to get in close if you will.

The jab in western boxing, in muay thai is replaced by kicks.

So what I do because I fight southpaw is use a lead leg or body kick instead of the jab
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When I learned muay thai. Kicking is a good way to set up other things and to get in close if you will.

The jab in western boxing, in muay thai is replaced by kicks.

So what I do because I fight southpaw is use a lead leg or body kick instead of the jab
I understand the foot jab or teep kick replaces the jab in western boxing. Though in your original post you asked for a good entry technique....For me I like to think of myself as a counter fighter so the advice I gave you (Check the kick) works well for me. Also I feel as though the foot jab is not an entry technique but a defensive technique....
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Old 01-06-2008, 01:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm southpaw too and have the same problem... I like to check the kick, follow up with a head kick as soon as my lead leg hits the mat then come in with a barrage of punches... There are other ways, but this is the most fun! Once you get the hang of getting in range you'll truly appreciate being a lefty! Though I will recommend one thing... if your just starting out work on your switch side right away, its a great way to confuse your sparring partner (and a great way to get in range, then just switch back to left)
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Old 01-07-2008, 05:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tips, I'll training on those ideas and then applied it to my sparring. I'll let you know how I go.
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i agree once you understand how to get in you will b fine, i know this is not what u asked about but its very important to remember with every kick there should be a punch and with every punch there should be a kick, and also, combos! combos! combos!
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