What I’m Working On – Part 6 – Jab, Teep and Range

Jab I had it in my mind to use my jab – and boxing generally – against Nong Mai in my fight in Isaan, mainly because of our height...

I had it in my mind to use my jab – and boxing generally – against Nong Mai in my fight in Isaan, mainly because of our height disparity.  That didn’t end up being the case so much but it was because I didn’t trust covering distance with my hands.  So since returning from Isaan and getting right back into training I’m focusing specifically on using my jab as a mid-to-long range weapon, using it to cover distance and drive my opponent back into the ropes for shorter and more powerful strikes.  I can slam my 6’2″ husband right in the yapper with enough power that he’s definitely not choosing to go back so much as forced back and a person my size might have a much harder time with that left hand landing like this.  I tried using the double jab for distance in my fight this past Friday and it worked great, so more practice is definitely in the schedule.


Months ago Kevin and I were working on using the teep as a way to move my opponent around the ring and into corners.  It worked well in fights when I used it but it got lost amidst other things I was trying to tackle so now I’m moving back toward it.  Den likes to link the front leg teep with a jab (it’s an awesome combo, I can see why he loves it) and calls for flying elbows and such when I knock him back far enough with the teep.  It’s like a ride at Disneyland, those flying elbows… for me, not so much for whomever they’re landing on.


Finding the right distance for my own comfort and advantage has been a long work in progress.  I’m much happier and feel more aggressive when I stay in close.  When we got back from Isaan, Andy worked with me on the pads for a few days before he had to head back up to Hill Camp and in that time he really emphasized not backing up.  I love not backing up, I really do.  For whatever reason I kind of fall into a habit of using distance as defense instead of using defense as defense (blocks, slips, etc) and it makes me a passive fighter, so I’m more than happy to stay inside and eat a few strikes to be able to blast back with my own, especially since the majority of the fighters I face are fighting backwards.  So in padwork with Den and in sparring I’m keeping it in my mind to never back up.  Backing up is smart and it’s a good tactic sometimes, but I train with extremes and then pull back to find the right note.  For me, backing up will always be there – I don’t need to train it.


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A 100 lb. (46 kg) female Muay Thai fighter. Originally I trained under Kumron Vaitayanon (Master K) and Kaensak sor. Ploenjit in New Jersey. I then moved to Thailand to train and fight full time in April of 2012, devoting myself to fighting 100 Thai fights, as well as blogging full time. Having surpassed 100, and then 200, becoming the westerner with the most fights in Thailand, in history, my new goal is to fight an impossible 471 times, the historical record for the greatest number of documented professional fights (see western boxer Len Wickwar, circa 1940), and along the way to continue documenting the Muay Thai of Thailand in the Muay Thai Library project: see patreon.com/sylviemuay


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