Southpaw Kicking Clinic – Yodsaenklai Fairtex

Here’s another Yodsaenklai Fairtex video for you.

This time, I’ve highlighted his high-volume left kick against Marat Grigorian at Kunlun Fight 22. In this fight, Yodsaenklai gets off a ridiculous amount of kicks (anyone care to count?!) against Grigorian; almost all of them landing flush against the ribs or arm.

The reason Yod was able to do this was because the counters of Grigorian were ineffective.

The main counter-strikes he used to combat Yod’s kick were the inside leg kick and punches.

Firstly, the inside leg kick is not a high scoring technique, and will never match a rear-roundhouse kick in terms of pain caused either. If used before the roundhouse kick lands to off-balance the kicker by upsetting the supporting leg then it may be effective. However, Grigorian only managed to return the counter after Yod’s kick had landed.

Similarly, punches thrown as the kick is on its way in can be an effective counter due to the fact that the kicker’s defenses will be lessened whenever he attacks, but Grigorian was a split-second too late and Yod easily managed to raise his hands back to his face to avoid being punched.

Of course, countering Yodsaenklai’s kicks is much easier said than done…

I’m too lazy to count the amount of kicks thrown/landed in the full fight but I can only remember one or two of Yodsaenklai’s attempted kicks not landing flush on their target. That’s an extremely efficient kick!

About Aaron Jahn

Aaron is an active muay Thai fighter and coach from the UK. He holds a BSc (hons) degree in Strength & Conditioning and is currently studying a Sports Therapy Master's degree in Leeds, UK. Aaron has fought over 20 times in Thailand and has spent years training at different muay Thai camps all over the country.

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