Last week, I filmed a Muay Thai technique tutorial with trainer Dechsak Sangmorakot. The tutorial focused on the teep, also known as a push kick or front kick.
I’ve been doing pad work with Dechsak – “Sak” for short – for a month or so now at Kao Sok in Perth. He has been teaching me new techniques and it’s been fun filming tutorials with him.
The Muay Thai teep tutorial video is part of the Round 2 blog series on FIGHTMAG YouTube channel. Sak goes through three different types of teeps, used to push your opponent away from you as they try to approach.
Muay Thai push kick techniques
First, we covered a simple teep that blocks an incoming kick on your opponent’s thigh. As your opponent moves in to kick you, you simply lift up your leg so that your foot hits their thigh on their kicking leg to block the advance. In addition to blocking the kick, this can also hurt their thigh as they meet the resistance of your foot if they’re trying to throw a hard kick.
Second, we covered the most commonly used teep using your front leg to strike your opponent’s stomach or chest as they move in. Landing this teep on the stomach or chest will have a slightly different effect. If you land it on the stomach, it will most likely hurt your opponent if they aren’t conditioned, but may not throw them off balance. Aiming a bit higher up on your opponent’s chest may not hurt them, but it should throw them off balance. Especially if you time it to hit when they have just lifted their leg off the ground to kick you.
The third type of push kick we covered was a teep using your back leg, being the right leg if you’re in orthodox stance. This is a more powerful teep that usually has longer reach. You just need to make sure that you have enough distance to land it so that you’re not crowding yourself.
Teeps are definitely one of my favourite defensive moves. As long as you time them well, they can throw your opponent off balance with little effort. This creates the perfect environment to follow up with a pay back kick before they regain their stance.
You can practice them during shadow work, also at home if you can’t make it to the gym. It’s also useful to practice them on the bag, timing them so that they strike the bag as it’s swinging back towards you. For an extra challenge to build up strength and power, try practising them on a heavy bag. It will take a lot more effort to push the heavy bag away from you.