One of the most practised martial arts in the world is Muay Thai, and the Muay Thai clinch can be DEVASTATING if you are on the wrong end of it.
In this self defense video, Oz and I (Matt) will show you an effective way to defend against the Muay Thai clinch, with a Japanese jiu-jitsu throw called the Kubi Naye Otoshi. When you consider that many people train in the Muay Thai martial art, then there is a very high chance that a street attacker will have had some form of training in the clinch. This is a way to protect yourself against that.
It works by quickly removing yourself from the clinch and then turning a defensive situation into an ATTACKING one.
If an attacker has you in a Muay Thai clinch then you can pull one of his arms down. This gives you an immediate chance to work yourself into a better position by stepping in tight to his body with your arm extended forwards.
Then reach around and grab near his shoulder area, while at the same time twisting your own body. This will allow you to easily position your leg where you can then execute the throw.
Defense to attack in a few SIMPLE moves!
It will all happen so that quick that your opponent will not know what just happened.
Muay Thai fighters hate it when the fight goes to the ground, as they are left HELPLESS.
The great thing about this move is that it sets you up nicely to transition straight into an armbar. No messing around on the floor. You can end it straight away.