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Muay Thai Teep Push Kick – Technique Of The Week

The teep is a push kick used in muay thai. The muay thai teep is used to off balance and control distance. The teep is a kick that all martial artist should consider for sport and self defense.

Muay Thai Teep Push Kick

How To Teep

Front leg muay thai teep: from a squared fighting position, lift your lead knee towards your chest and simultaneously extend your foot towards your target, thrust your hips forward, and pushing off your supporting leg while landing with the ball of your foot.

Below is a video of Samart Payakaroon’s lead leg teep.

A muay thai teep can be done with either leg, while your rear leg generates the most power your lead leg will have the most speed. Below is a video of Saenchai’s kicking techniques, the technique to examine is the jumping switch teep.


  • controlling distance
  • pushing
  • intercepting / interrupting


  • not a finisher
  • can be caught easier than most kicks

Self Defense

The muay thai teep is naturally a strong tool for pushing due to the use of both quadriceps and hips. If you ever need to push someone back, the teep is the kick to use. Here are some reasons why you may want to teep for self defense.

  • To open an opportunity to run
  • To create distance
  • To force a step backwards towards hazardous spaces
    • vehicle traffic
    • stairs
    • water
    • to trip over objects


  • Torso
  • Face
  • Knee
  • groin
  • back (vs spinning techniques)

Muay Thai Teep Variations To Consider

  • Retracting your knee back to 90 degrees after the kick will help regain an adaptive posture for reacting or following up.
  • When teeping with your rear leg, slightly pivot your supporting foot 45 degrees to increase hip involvement.
  • after teeping with your rear leg, pivot your supporting foot back into position allows an easier route back into your stance.

Muay Thai Teep Drills

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Side Kick – Technique Of The Week

The side kick is a kicking technique found in several types of martial arts such as karate, sanda, taekwondo and occasionally in MMA. The side kick is one of the hardest kicks to counter.

“…I’m using my longest weapon, my side kick against the nearest target, your kneecap. This can be compared to your left jab in boxing, except it’s much more damaging.” – Bruce Lee

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What is a Side Kick?

A side kick is a thrusting kick, generally thrown from a bladed position (feet pointed to a 90 degree angle) with the lead leg targeting the knee, body, or head of your opponent.

The stationary execution is done by lifting your lead knee towards your chest while pointing the bottom of your foot towards the target. Then extending the leg while rotating your hips and pivoting off the ball of your standing foot (toes pointing away) and landing the kick with the heel. This stationary execution is generally a defensive kick, used when your opponent advances towards your position. Can be used as offensive but usually as a follow up.

Sliding Side Kick

(Sage Northcutt performing a sliding side kick in a MMA match versus Rocky Long)

The sliding side kick is a fast offensive side kick that can cover a lot of distance. The key difference of this kick is using the supporting leg to propel your body forward after you kicking leg leaves the ground. Your supporting leg should follow by sliding across the ground after initiating the momentum of the kick. Thus, giving your kicking leg a head start towards the target while your supporting leg covers the distance.


  • Fast
  • Covers distance
  • Effective for pressuring
  • Efficient as a Head Kick


  • minor damage towards the body

Stepping Side Kick / Crossover Side Kick

(Bruce Lee performing a crossover kick against Chuck Norris in the movie Return Of The Dragon)

The stepping or crossover side kick emphasizes on power. The lead leg performs both the kick and the initial momentum while the supporting leg moves into a closer position before the kicking leg leaves the ground.


  • Power
  • Covers distance
  • Effective for damaging the body


  • Slowest side kick
  • Telegraphic
  • requires more timing

Some Key Points & Other Variations to Consider When Throwing a Side Kick

  • Although the kicking knee rises 1st and then extends towards the target 2nd, the kicking foot should travel in a straightest line possible when side kicking the body or head. Directly from the floor and into the target.
  • For side kicking the knee with more power, raise your foot higher than the target and stomp downwards.
  • Extend your side kick reach by bending your supporting leg when attacking the knee. Angling your leg more horizontally.

Basic Side Kick Set ups

  • back fist or Jab
  • round house kick
  • Straight Right
  • Switch Kick Fake

Basic Follow ups After a Side Kick

  • another side kick
  • back kick
  • spinning back fist

How to Side Kick Video

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Spinning Back Kick – Technique Of The Week

The Spinning Back Kick is not a necessary tool to have in most combat sports or in self defense situations. But honing in on this technique is a power move that will have a huge impact on your stand up / kickboxing game.

Spinning Back Kick - Technique Of The Week

What Is A Spinning Back Kick?

A spinning back kick is a thrusting power kick usually aimed to the body or head of your opponent. The back kick is thrown by the rear leg using a 180 degree spin, turning towards your back side. Its the the most powerful kick you can throw.

via GIPHY (Conor Mcgregor drilling teep to a spinning back kick)

The spinning back kick’s initial momentum comes from the same leg your kicking with. After your rear foot presses off the earth, that same leg will slightly retract while simultaneously turning your lead foot, leg, hips, shoulders, and head 180 degrees. Extending and landing the back kick as soon as the 180 degree turn is complete. Your opponent should be in your peripheral vision slightly before contact.

Some Key Points To Consider when Throwing the Spinning Back Kick:

  • The kicking leg should travel in the straightest line possible
  • Keep your body as vertical as possible
  • Learn how to throw the kick without winding up
    • without turning foot in first
    • without turning your body too far ahead of your kick

If its your first time learning the back kick i recommend turning your foot 90 degrees while stepping to the side before initiating. This will make the execution easier and clears your back kick to travel at a straight line.

Once you start getting the hang of the back kick, learn how to executing it without stepping to the side or turning your foot. Tightening up any telegraphic movement and improving your ability to back kick at a moments notice.

When Should You Consider Throwing the Spinning Back Kick.

  • After a Jab
  • After a Straight Right

Learning to follow up with a spinning back kick with just the two option above will greatly increase your back kick’s capacity and opportunity.

Common Spinning Back Kick Mistakes

  • Head and body swings wildly (bad for balance and following up)
  • Kick landing after completing the 180 degree turn (too slow)
  • Leaving body behind / leaning too far back (bad for balance and following up)
  • Kicking leg flared out (bad for balance, accuracy, speed and power)

Fighters with a Strong Back Kick Game

Muslim Salikhov

Cung Le

Benny The Jet Urquidez

Joe Rogan

Spinning Back Kick Compilation Video

Other Resources To Consider:


Sanda / San Shou

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Pawing Jab – Technique Of The Week

The jab is a simple and versatile tool, but also the hardest punch to master. As the most important and thrown punch in combat sports, its not used to end fights, but sets up everything else that does. The best type of jab for that is the pawing jab.

pawing jab - technique of the week

What is the Pawing Jab?

The pawing jab is used interchangeably with the flicker jab. Although related, they are too different types of jabs. The more practical synonym for pawing is to feel, and it is precisely what you do with the pawing jab.

The mechanics of pawing the jab doesn’t require any other movement other than the arm extending towards the face of the opponent in a metronome (not always), but not necessarily to make contact. Below is a video of Guillermo Rigondaux who paws with the jab as a catalyst to his game.

The pawing jab is a technique that does several things simultaneously.

  • Gauges distance
  • Sets up other punches
  • Obstructing opponents sight
  • To provoke an attack
  • Controls the rhythm
  • Creates deception
    • Opponent’s perceived distance and reach
    • Conceals advancement / Footwork
    • Lures opponent to a deceptive rhythm

Pawing Shadow Boxing Drills – Pawing to Connect

While metronomically throwing out the pawing jab, practice your footwork and throwing other punches and kicks at a moment’s notice in a broken rhythm.

Pawing Focus Mitt Drills – Pawing to Provoke

Have the holder feed you random punches while metronomically pawing the focus mitts. Work your counter punches off the pawing metronome.

Pawing Advice

  • Learn how to paw going backwards
  • Learn Paw follow ups with the same hand
  • Paw in a way you can throw any strike at moment’s notice

Common Mistakes

  • Getting hypnotized by your own metronome.
  • Not being ready at a moment’s notice.

More Resources:

Thomas “The Hitman” Herns (boxing)
Andrew Tabiti
Saenchai (Southpaw Muay Thai)
Broken Rhythm Basics (Article on broken rhythm)

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How To Throw A Punch – Stance Technique Leverage and Timing

How to throw a punch - knuckles

Knowing how to throw a punch is basic fighting 101. As simple as it seems, there is more to just making a fist and extending it towards your opponents face. Its complexity lies in the involvement of the whole body and how it presses off the ground, where power and leverage originates.

The video below explains important points on how to throw a punch.

  • Staying relax during delivery and clenching your fists, forearm, and triceps only right before impact
  • feet pressing off the ground

The Stance and How to Throw a Punch at a Moment’s Notice

There are several different stances a punch can be thrown from. For now, lets look at the classical on-guard stance in boxing. This will be the starting position on how to throw a punch at a moment’s notice.

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  • Feet Shoulder-width apart
  • Back foot’s Heel lined up with the front foot’s toes
  • Knees slightly bent
  • One shoulder is slightly ahead of the other
  • Shoulders is slightly more squared than your feet
  • Hands raised and ready to protect
  • Bearing your weight on the balls of your feet
  • Slightly raising your heels off the ground
  • Feet should always be ready to press off the ground at moment’s notice.

The Straight Right

straigh right punch

All punches, needs to involve the ground, legs, hips, back, shoulders and arms. The picture above shows the ending position of the straight right (easiest punch to learn). observe the key details:

  • Back foot turned (heel off the ground), pivoting off the ball of the foot, toes pointing at the target.
  • Rear leg is slightly extended (not completely)
  • Hips turned, completely squared and facing the Target
  • Torso vertically straight/upright
  • Right shoulder is extended passed the left
  • Lead knee should be vertically lined up with the shoulder or slightly ahead
  • Right arm extended towards the target but not completely straight as you hit with the knuckles

There are 2 options on which set of knuckles to hit with:

  1. The index and middle knuckle
  2. The middle, ring, and pinky knuckle.

I recommend the latter, it naturally aligns with the arm, also providing better support and solidity when landing punches. Examine the difference by doing a knuckle push-up with either position.

Resources to support the latter recommendation:

  • Jack Dempsey – Championship fighting: Chapter 9 “The Power Line”
  • Research Bruce Lee’s One-inch Punch

The Execution

We examined the starting position, which is our classical on-guard boxing stance and we examined  the ending position of the straight right punch. So next is how we are going to connect the two together in one complete motion.

  1.  Push off the ground with your back leg and step forward with your front
  2.  Pivot your rear foot, hips, and shoulders simultaneously
  3. Once the shoulders are completely squared to the target, the right arm starts extending towards the target while the right shoulder sightly extends passed the left shoulder.
  4. As the arm extends the hand rotates with the palm facing the ground.
  5. Driving the punch through the target


Common Punching Mistakes

  • Lifting the elbow first before extending (telegraphic)
  • Rocking the torso forward (harder to recover)
  • Punching above the eye line (a good way to break your hand)
  • Dropping the hand after the punch (opens you up for counters)


When punching the face you will want to aim anywhere below the eye line of your opponent, with the jaw being ideal if your looking for a knock out. Other targets you may want to consider:

  • Nose
  • Throat
  • Base of the skull/top of the neck
  • Liver
  • Kidney
  • Floating rib
  • Solar plexus
  • Groin

How To Throw A Knockout Punch

Throwing a knockout punch is mostly about catching your opponent stepping in. Below is a gif of Kimbo Slice getting KO’d with a weak punch, but most importantly it’s because he got caught stepping in.


The video below of Joe Louis reveals how he draws his opponents in and catches them stepping forward for the knockout.

Counter-punching is another way to look for the KO’s. I recently made a blog post of a specific counter-punching technique called splitting the jab.

Other Punches to Consider

  • Jab
  • Hook
  • Uppercut
  • Overhand Right
  • Rabbit punches (mostly refers to punches behind the head)
  • Shovel hook

Various Reasons to Throwing a Punch

  • To create distance
  • To close distance
  • To distract
  • To damage

Using a Heavy Bag

Best thing to you can do to improve your punches is to invest in a heavy bag. You can search around craigslist for a used heavy bag for about $50. Or get a brand new one at a local sporting goods store or amazon.

Click Here for an Amazon Listing on Heavy Bags

The heavy bag is used for many reasons. It will help develop power and strengthen the hands.

How to throw a punch at the heavy bag to strengthen your hands:

  • Moderately start off by punching the bag with no gloves. Slowly Increase the power over time as your hands and wrists gets stronger.
  • Strike the heavy bag with a kung-fu style backfists to strengthen the back of the hands.

Tips on Heavy Bag Training:

  • Land your Punches from the farthest distance possible
  • Mind your technique at all times
  • Use your feet to get in and out of range. Don’t just stand in front of the bag and throw punches the whole time. Maybe throw a short combination and move back out.
  • Use your feet and change angles as the heavy bag moves around.

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