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Muay Boran Monkey Style – Counter against right cross

Step 1

As the opponent shuffles forward and throws a right cross aimed at the face, the Muay Wanorn fighter parries the rear punch with a lead hand parry. At the same time, the defender moves forward and prepares to jump towards the attacker.

Step 2

Keeping hold of the opponent’s right arm, the Wanorn boxers quickly jumps diagonally forward and counterattacks with a powerful combination of elbow and knee strikes. The elbow follows a downward path to the opponent’s head, aiming at the bridge of the nose. The knee strike is aimed at the opponent’s body: the preferred target is the area of the ribcage under the pectoral muscle.


Muay Wanorn Style.

Amongst the many devastating actions used by Nak Muay over the centuries, a large family of techniques have been inspired by the agile movements of the Wanorns, mythological humanoid monkeys very popular in Hindu tradition. Hanuman, Ongkot, Pali, Sukrip, gave their names to a lot of powerful Muay Boran maneuvers that, as a whole, are called Muay Wanorn, the Monkey style of Fighting.
Wanorn or forest dwellers, are smart creatures that, in case of need, can go back to their reptilian brain very quickly. Starting from a very relax state, they can suddenly burst forth violently, savagely attacking the enemy, hitting from every direction. When they assail their opponents, they smash powerfully using their knees, palms, forearms, elbows, closed fists, giving their enemies no chance of escape.
The 5 main principles that characterize this style’s techniques are:
1. the Wanorn must be deceptive and unpredictable,
2. he must be poisonous to the opponent,
3. he must destroy his opponent’s attacks,
4. he must bluff the opponent,
5. he must scare the opponent.

Practitioners are encouraged to demonstrate all of those characteristics when fighting and when performing the solo set.