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The “quicksand” tactic (Muai Torranie Suub) This is a typical long range fighting method (Wong Nog) that keeps distance to the opponent by using fist and foot techniques. The fighter avoids a direct confrontation but attacks his opponent permanently from the distance. The fighter constantly moves and executes his combinations. These attack combinations consist of an opening technique and end with a straight foot technique, a straight punch or a backwards movement in order to keep the distance and to be able to continue the attack.
The fighter chooses a certain part of his opponent´s body as his target in order to compromise his stability or movability. Then he carries out his attack in two steps. First he tries to break through his opponent´s defense technique and second, he then tries to destroy him. Accordingly, the fighter forces his opponent to surrender by lowering his fighting ability or takes away his possibility to defend during the second phase.
An example how it came to the expression of Torranie Suub: A fighter chooses his opponent´s legs as his target. At first he will attack the front leg of his opponent in order to prevent possible steps. In most of the cases the first technique is a very low kick with his shin on his opponent´s shin while he is moving forward. The attack is executed as long as his opponent is hardly using it any longer, or changes it with his pivot leg. Normally, the pivot leg is not very good at dangerous foot techniques and the fighter can go over to phase two. If the replaced pivot leg is good at kicking too, he must carry on his attacks against the front leg until he gets his desired result.
The second phase starts either with a kick on his opponent´s thigh (inside or outside) or with a very hard defense technique against a badly executed kick. In time, because of the effected pivot leg his opponent will lack stability and his front leg can hardly execute serious attacks any longer. Furthermore, he will not be able to move quickly any longer and his legs feel as if they were pulled into quicksand (Torranie Suub). Right then the fighter can freely chose his final technique without giving his opponent any chance to defend himself.
This fighting tactic is very popular against young and inexperienced fighters, and at the same time it gives the fighter the opportunity to demonstrate his special techniques (Jabb Nahh Muai) to the spectators.
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The Foto above is taken from a short documentary (27 min) about one of our traditional foot initiations. You can check the video out here: MUAI – Traditional Foot Initiation (May 2017)