Muay Thai Knock Out and a Funny Face

Check this out… Looks like a muay Thai match somewhere in Japan.  The guy with the funky trunks (looks like a carpet to me…) knocks out his opponent, who ends up making a really, really weird and funny face.

What went wrong?

  • His left hand didn’t retract correctly after the cross, leaving a big opening for the counter cross.
  • His chin was up instead of down.

I tell my students all the time: It’s through the holes in your defense that you get hurt the most. Not necessarily because you did the wrong technique but because you did it while leaving an opening for your opponent to come through. It’s only a matter of time before he does so, as proven right here.

I hope the guy’s alright though. He took one hell of a fall here. And then he’ll get laughed at by his friends for making such a face. Then again, the winner’s victory dance was pretty silly too…

Props to Steve for this find.



  1. So, I’ve been reading a lot about brain injury related to combat sports recently (CTE).

    This is one of those clear examples of the kind head trauma I would like to avoid. I mean competing is fun and alongside other forms of training (I feel) it can be a useful tool to prepare one for the stresses of a self defense situation, but I am becoming ingreasingly concerned about CTE – for myself and my training partners.

    I know that you, Wim, have had a successful career in San Shou and you haven’t developed any sort of “dementia pugilistica” (I’m assuming since I don’t know you personally :) ).

    However, others don’t understand the need to take preventative measures to prevent CTE when training and competing. Worse yet, many don’t even understand how important it is to take serious time off when trauma (like a concussion) does occur.

    I feel like this is a really important topic and I’ve been writing a lot about it on my blog and certain forums to help get the word out.

    I’d really be interested to hear about some of the things you used to do to prevent or deal with concussions back when you were competing.

    • I was lucky to never have been KOed (fingers crossed). Though I did have a couple fights where I took hard shots. Afterwards, I felt like crap. One time, I thought I was going to die and asked my then GF to not let me fall asleep while I recovered. Let me think about it some more and I’ll write a blog post about it. Thanks for the inspiration. :-)

  2. Great clip, it does show what happens when you neglect your guard. Where I train we spend a lot of time drilling this out of the newer students. Maybe we should show them this instead as a tap to the head during gentle sparing could be a knockout in the street.

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