How to Block a Teep Kick (Push Kicks)

July 8, 2018
How To Block a Teep Kick (Push Kicks)

Teep kicks (push kicks) is the trademark of Muay Thai. Unlike many other strikes, a teep kick is a disruption technique by itself. Many people may say it is impossible to counter or disrupt disruptive technique, but believe me, they are wrong. Just like any other technique, it can be countered very efficiently. However, countering this technique has to be performed off distance, which means hands, elbows, and even knees might be the wrong choice.

You don’t have many options left, but you can block push kicks with ease. All seven blocking techniques might be applied successfully.

Left Push kicks to the head

Blocking requires you to close your guard, lifting the fists to the level of your zygomatic bone. Another option is keeping your right hand on the chin, and putting the left hand in front of the right hand. The glove receives the strike.

Parrying is very difficult with left teep kick. The only safe option is slapping the left leg to your left side. At the same time, you must rotate your left leg more than 90 degrees counterclockwise. Your right leg will become your leading leg when parrying is completed.

There is only one safe option when you try to avoid teep kick. Move to the right and backward at the same time. It is the only safe way.

You can risk a bit more by moving your head to the right, but you will have 50% chances of avoiding it.

To disrupt the attack, there are two options – right diagonal kick to the body or right low kick. If you miss a low kick, at least the opponent will not have open space to attack you.

Anticipation technique is a side kick or push kicks to the opponent’s left leg. I know the technique sounds dirty, but the opponent will not be able to develop technique.

Catching is a bit difficult when the strike goes to the head. If you are super fast, you can lower your shoulders, trapping his left leg on your right shoulder, twisting your left arm around it. Be sure to execute a quick low kick to make the opponent lose his balance.

Countering is not hard. After you successful forced the opponent to miss, there are few options – right push kicks, right diagonal kick, Brazilian kick, or side kick. You can try right spinning back kick or spinning heel kick, but the technique is very risky since the opponent can hit your back.

Right Push kicks to the head

Blocking requires you to close your guard, lifting the fists to the level of your zygomatic bone. Another option is keeping your left hand on the chin, and putting the right hand in front of the left hand. You’re your left shoulder up. The glove also receives the strike.

To parry this attack, you will have to slap the opponent’s leg with your left hand. Make sure your shoulder stays up.

There is only one safe option when you try to avoid teep kick. Move to the left and backward at the same time. It is the only safe way. If you fall back, an opponent can hit your mid-section or legs.

There is one risky avoiding – move your head to the left.

To disrupt the attack, there is only one option – strong low kick. If you try a diagonal kick, the teep kick is longer and you will have less than 50% of chances to succeed.

Anticipation technique is a low kick to the opponent’s left leg. It is difficult, and you must be super fast.

Catching is a bit difficult when the strike goes to the head. If you are super fast, you can move your head to the left, trap the leg on your right shoulder, and twist your right arm around it. Execute a left low kick immediately.

After you successful forced the opponent to miss, there are few options to counter – right teep kick, right diagonal kick, Brazilian kick, or side kick. You can also try hard left low kick or even left high kick.

Left teep kicks to the Body

Blocking requires you to close your guard, lowering the fists to the level of your chin. It is the only safe way.

Are you trying to parry? The safest way is hitting the opponent’s leg to the inside with your left forearm.

Avoiding, disruption, and anticipation are the same as left teep kick to the head.

To catch the incoming attack, move to the left and slightly forward. Trap the opponent’s leg on your left hip with your left hand. You can also catch the leg by moving your right arm bottom up.

When you evade the incoming strike and your opponent misses, you basically have the same options to counter as for left teep kick to the head.

Right teep kicks to the Body

To successfully block, lower your guard, placing the punches in the level of your chin. Your forearms receive the impact.

The safest way to parry this attack is hitting the opponent’s leg to the inside with your left forearm. You can also move it to the right with your right arm, but the opponent mustn’t be too close for this to succeed.

Block right push kicks

Block a right push kicks

Avoiding, disruption, and anticipation are the same as right teep kick to the head.

To catch the incoming attack, move to the right and slightly forward. Trap the opponent’s leg on your right hip with your right hand. You can also catch the leg by moving your left arm bottom up, but an opponent can free his leg easily.

Did you evade the incoming strike? You have the same options to counter as for right teep kick to the head.

Wrap It Up

It is always difficult to fight against a fighter who constantly goes backward, looks for his chance off the counters, and disrupts the fight over and over. And especially if you are a hard hitter or a combo fighter!

When you learn to successfully block a teep kick, these fighters will have fewer options left and they will have to fight with you. Here is your chance – show them who has the knockout power!

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