How to Counter an Aggressive Muay Thai Opponent With Panicos Yusuf

Stuart Tomlinson

Guest Contributor

Martial Arts, Kickboxing and Boxing, Muay Thai


Welcome to the latest video in our series of martial arts tutorials filmed and explained by Warrior Collective. Warrior Collective is run by Stuart Tomlinson, who has been involved in shaping the UK martial arts scene for over twenty years.


In this piece, Panicos Yusuf - a World muay Thai Champion, the number one ranked 61kg UK champion, and head instructor of All Powers Gym in Stockport - runs through methods he likes to utilise when countering aggressive fighters in competition.


Origin of the Sport

Muay Thai is a martial arts discipline that originated in Thailand and remains their national sport to this day. Muay Thai is often referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs". This is because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows strikes, and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact, as opposed to two points (fists) in boxing and four points (hands and feet) used in other combat sports, such as kickboxing. It is also seen as a key discipline for success in mixed martial arts competitions.


Countering the Aggressive Opponent

The methods shown in this video are used by the more experienced fighters in Thailand. They work by using your hands to control your opponent's hands and arms. This stops him or her from boxing and elbowing. By lifting your knee up, he or she will be discouraged from kicking or kneeing at the same time.


Fighters such as Panicos favour more of a defensive style and find these techniques to be invaluable. Having the ability to control your opponent and effectively manage the speed of a fight is a crucial skill for any fighter.


Unfortunately, many novice fighters often spend their energy trying to outsmart their opponent. There are many fighters out there who are fit, strong, and can take a punch. In the end, though, the smarter one will always win.


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