The Boxing Skip
What you will learn today in our Muay Thai Learning Clip is how to do the boxing skip or in Thai “Dhen”. To tell you the truth, it is the easiest thing to do; even a kid can do this. So why did we do a lesson about this and have actually made the clip ourselves? Well to Dhen or to skip is one of the basic footwork techniques that you must know. Learning to all the methods will give you all these following advantages:
- You will be in the spot that allow you to use Muay Thai Weapons successfully
- You will be able to avoid most of the attacks
- You will have more gain than your opponent
- Your opponent will not have chance to attack
Please note that Skipping or Dhen is not formerly from Thailand or in ancient Muay Thai but it was taken from the western boxing. But it has become one of the significant basics of Muay Thai footwork that you need to be taught today.
While performing boxing skip or Dhen, the body-weight will be shifted between the two balls of the feet in a ratio of 90:10.
How to do the boxing skip
Skipping a little continuously while always maintain the Muay Thai stance, you have to shift your body-weight to the front foot.
Then Shift body-weight back to rear foot.
Then you might want to know that while skipping how you could attack your enemy. Well not that hard. For example, when you want to kick, you must use the leg which is not supporting (90%) most of your body weight.
Let’s take a look at the clip we made!
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Let’s move on to the next move, shall we?
Today we will continue with another the Muay Thai or Thai boxing footwork moves. Remember that some of the moves are not originally from ancient Muay thai or Muay Boran but from the western kick boxing. However, what we are teaching you here is the move that is used in the present Muay Thai today.
The Muay Thai technique today is called Leaping not jumping. In Thai we call this technique Gra Dode that means jumping but that would be funny if jumping around in the ring right? So in the clip you will see that it might look just like the boxing skip that is used in the fight to move around and be prepared to fight. But a slighting leaping has move advantage. It helps you move quicker than skipping.
The footwork method of moving forwards or backwards as prompt as you can by a simple leap while skipping. So now you can see there are two variations: backwards and forwards the descriptions are pretty much the same except you are bending to dissimilar way forward or backward.
The pressure pushing from the bent knees and both two feet should be utilized to leap into the air (not so high) and, and then when landing, the two feet should be in the same applicable positions as start.
The only different between the forward and the backward leaping is in the start. When forward, you first bend your knees and drive yourself upward to the front using the power from your both feet, and the backward you just push yourself upward to the back. The rest is the same.
Right now let’s take a look at our really short clip. So you can practice this footwork at home.
For more footwork you can check out our past articles or you can also visit YouTube and search for “Muay Thai Learning”.
See you next time!