How To Counter the Head Kick
3 Lean Back & Counter Combinations with Pamorn Martdee
Top fighters such as Lerdsila and Saenchai love to test their opponents with evasive techniques like leaning back from a head kick. Why? Because unless they evade, it could be the devastating blow that ends the fight…
In order to avoid serious damage from the head kick, you need to have an arsenal of counter techniques to use to deter your opponent from throwing the head kick again.
Take a look at Pamorn Martdee’s top three head kick counters and see if you can add any of these to your arsenal.
3 Muay Thai Head Kick Counters
Here are 3 quick breakdowns of each Muay Thai head kick counter techniques:
Counter #1 – Lean Back, Left Kick & Right Cross
As your opponent head kicks you, make sure you step back with your right foot, ensure one hand protects the head whilst the leading hand can be used as a counter lever temporarily – This hand must return upon returning to the upright position. After their kick has missed, transfer the weight from your back foot to the front foot – switch left kick and throw a straight right cross.
Counter #2 – Lean Back, Low Right Kick & Hook Cross Hook
Again, as your opponent head kicks you, make sure you step back with your right or rear foot, transferring the weight in your feet. Once their kick has missed, quickly regain the upright position, pushing off your back foot and stepping your left foot across their stance to deliver a powerful right low kick.
From there, your opponent may drop their guard after the low kick. This is the perfect opportunity to land the hook, cross, hook combination to finish the counter combination.
Counter #3 – Lean Back, Right Leg Sweep
Once more, as your opponent head kicks you, make sure you step back with your right or rear foot, transferring the weight in your feet. Once they have missed the head kick, step in and establish close range to your opponent. Reach your right hand across their body while you place your right leg behind their feet. Pull with the arm whilst pushing with feet to sweep your opponent’s legs out.
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