Kick Catch Takedown with Mo Abdurahman

Mo Abdurahman shows a signature kick catch takedown that is simple and effective, scoring plenty of points during a fight.

Top-flight Nak Muay and golden boy of the UK Muay Thai scene Mo Abdurahman is a force to be reckoned with in the ring. With a GLORY contract and a glowing record that keeps on growing, Mo is a humble and soft spoken, letting his actions do the taking. Mo fights out of Lookborai/Exile Gym in Southampton and was a professional cricketer before calling it quits to pursue his Muay Thai and kickboxing dream. The 22 year-old walks us through his favourite kick catch takedown that impresses judges and takes the wind out of opponents.

As your opponent throws the right kick, you catch it with your left overhook, put your right hand over there knee and manoeuvre your left foot under them. This causes their leg to bend. From here, you twist your body to the right and down, sweeping your right foot backwards to make a more pronounced turn. This will result in your opponent being thrown to the floor.

If you are facing a particularly strong or balanced opponent, then they may remain on their feet, but disoriented. This gives you the chance to throw a strong right kick into their body, hurting them and scoring heavily. In Muay Thai, scoring is based on dominance, damage, technique and style, among other things. A well executed, powerful kick to the body or takedown displays the kind of aggression and domination that will catch the judge’s eye and swing a fight in your favour.

Mo likes to use the kick catch and there are a lot of possibilities once you have your opponent in this awkward position. Check out Mo’s previous video where he throws the spinning back elbow, another technique he is known for.

Tom Billinge Tom is the Editor of Revgear Sports and the founder of WarYoga. He is a 10th Planet purple belt and a Muay Thai Kru having spent over two decades in the sport in Thailand and around the world. Tom has trained Lethwei in Myanmar, Kushti wrestling in India, Zurkhaneh sports in Iran, boxing throughout Europe, and catch wrestling in the USA. Tom also resurrected the ancient techniques of traditional British bareknuckle pugilism from archaic manuals.