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Muay Kard Chiek hook punch counter


In Muay Kard Chiek, the fighters’ hands are wrapped with cotton ropes. Contrary to what happens with boxing gloves, the Kard Chiek boxer’s open hands can be used to attack or defend in many ways. In the technique shown here, an open hand stop is used to defend against a hook punch and is followed by a counter punch to the jaw. A final uppercut elbow to the chin is shown as a possible finishing technique.

Defensive action

The stop, as the name implies, is a defensive technique that stops the hook punch before it starts. As the opponent steps forward and throws a power right hook aimed at your face, turn your hips and extend your rear arm towards the attacking arm, stopping its momentum. Use the area of your open hand between the thumb and the index finger to hit the opponent’s bicep or crook of the elbow.


As you complete the bicep stop you’ll end up with your upper body twisted towards your lead leg. Turn immediately towards your rear leg and deliver a full power lead hook to the opponent’s jaw. This counter punch will pack tremendous power and will very likely knock your opponent down. For extra measure, you can take a short forward step and throw an uppercut elbow aiming the tip of your rear elbow to the opponent’s chin.

Muay Kard Chiek, มวยคาดเชือก or bound fist boxing.

Bound fist boxing is one of the most dramatic forms of competitive Muay ever devised. It is not clear when Siamese boxers started to wrap their hands with raw cotton ropes for contests. What is clear is the reason why they did it: increasing the power of their hand attacks and defences. According to the most recent studies by the Cultural Commission of Thailand, Muay Kard Chiek became popular in Samai Ayutthaya (1350-1767), the Era dominated by the city founded by King U-Thong, even if it is impossible to determine an exact time. The most prominent regional styles of Muay had to adapt to fighting with cotton hand wraps: in fact, this style of competition was very popular and lasted for many decades until the beginning of the modern era of Muay which was marked by the introduction of Boxing gloves and the birth of the sport of Thai Boxing in 1929.
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