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Advances in Biomechanics & Applications
  Volume 1, Number 1, March 2014, pages 57-66
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A kinematic analysis of the Thai boxing clinch
William Trial and Tom Wu

    The purpose of the study was to investigate the kinematics between the double collar-tie and double underhook Thai Boxing clinching positions. Ten amateur mixed martial arts athletes executed six knee strikes for both clinching positions with their dominant limb directed towards a target. A standard two-dimensional video motion analysis was conducted, and the results showed a statistical significant difference at the hip joint angle and the angular acceleration of the knee and ankle. Within both clinching positions, there was a statistically significant correlation between the hip and knee joint angles, hip and knee angular velocities, and hip angular acceleration. Between both clinching positions, there was a statistically significant correlation at the knee joint angle, knee angular velocity, and hip angular acceleration. This study demonstrates the importance of the hip and knee joint movements in both clinching positions, which implies the applications of strength training and flexibility at these joints for sports performance and injury prevention. It is suggested that future studies analyzing the non-dominant leg are warranted to fully understand the Thai Boxing clinch.
Key Words
    boxing; clinch; kinematics; lower extremity; martial arts
William Trial and Tom Wu: Department of Movement Arts, Health Promotion, and Leisure Studies, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, USA

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