Muay Thai head movement is subtle… Want to get better at slipping punches and angling off attacks?

In this video, I break down my go-to combo for drilling evasive Muay Thai head movement – the classic 1-2-3 of jab, cross, hook.

The key isn’t just bobbing your head, but using footwork and hip rotation to naturally shift your head position as you step into your punch…

Muay Thai Head Movement Drill

We start by throwing the 1-2-3 continuous on the spot. Then I show how stepping out diagonally on the hook completely changes the angle and stance. You can go left or right for different looks. I also demonstrate mixing up the rhythm – jab, cross, pause, hook.

Other important points I cover:

  • Maintaining proper high guard throughout the combo
  • Curving your body and twisting from the hips to move your head
  • Varying between ‘red alert’ (hands up) and ‘green alert’ (hands down) based on range

This builds so many vital skills – angles, footwork, head movement, versatile punching, and defence. Take your pad work to the next level and get better at slipping attacks!

Let me know if you start working this Muay Thai head movement drill into your training. Comment below the video in YouTube with any questions. Don’t forget to like and subscribe so you never miss a video. Let’s get to work!

by Don Heatrick

Don Heatrick

Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning

Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.

Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.

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