The Muay Thai Clinch has become very popular in sporting organizations such as The UFC, but is it effective for self defense?
I would have to say a resounding yes.
Many self defense situations are made considerably less necessary if you can change the situation even slightly. For example, if you are able to move your opponent so that they are no longer preventing your escape, or sprawl on top of them, or take them down to the ground.
And, if it comes to having to damage your attacker, you can easily transition to either an air choke or blood choke, or, if strikes are more your thing, you can land very damaging headbutts and, of course, everyone’s favorite, powerful knees.
It isn’t perfect, of course. Your opponent can escape the muay thai clinch and apply their own, or, worse, reverse a knee strike into a takedown.
Also, Muay Thai Clinch Footwork can be a little tricky the first time you learn it.
But, as long as you practice your clinch fluidity, I still feel this is one of the better clinches around.
Recommended Resource: Anderson Silva’s Clinch DVD