Clinch – basic analysis

1. How clinch can be used?

With clinch you can control opponents head, neck, spine & indirectly whole his body.
Clinch allows you to manipulate an opponent’s body & take his balance.
From clinch is possible to break down opponent structure & bend him – what is good position for strike.

2. How to prevent clinch?

Easiest prevention is strike.
However you can redirect his strike just by controlling his strike (stick to the opponent).


3. How to cope with clinch?

a) Nonviolent solutions (could be combining with a strike)
– just walk through him (without balance is difficult to produce force)
– rotation with shoulder break down his clinch
– spiral rotation
– push to his neck with forearm (lan sao)
– open your body with rotation pointing your arm behind him (4th sentence of Chum Kiu)
– push – pull his elbows
– mirror him – do same clinch

b) Strike
– It could be punch, slap, hammer fist, elbow etc.
– Wave is a good way to generate force for small distance (inch strike). Firstly training bigger wave to feel the force, than make is smaller & smaller to do wave invisible
– Fix your fist/elbow to close of your body a dynamically move with your torso.
– It is really useful training all distances, especially the most closes (most fighters hate it), what is usually domain of grappling. besides grappling this make effective strike.
– Grabbing by opponent head is easy to control him (combine with strike) or also break his neck.
– Knee lock
– Knee strike – force comes from rotation & hips work (similar than rock& roll dancing)

c) Collapse
You have to collapse under bigger force, but it is your choice in which part of your body you collapse.
Collapse rather in knees & meantime you can:
– strike, or use his force against him (e.g. push his hips & destabilize him)
– break down his structure by manipulating his knees & hips
Nevertheless if you collapse in your back, be aware of knee’s strike! Keep your arm straight (like a wedge) in front your face & potential knee will slide away (than you can strike groins or joints). Don’t block it! Block can be broken with bigger force!

Hopefully this instructional video helped you & inspired to for your training.
However remember that video can show you solutions but cannot correct you & teach you. If you want to training self-defence, do not hesitate & look for a professional instructor in your area…

Be safe!