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Work Your Muay Thai Footwork with Victor Saravia

When dealing with a pressure fighter in Muay Thai footwork is critical to get out and counter attack

Victor “Dynamite” Saravia is one of the most exciting Muay Thai fighters in the USA today, a powerful kicker with venom in all of his blows. The Lion Fight North American Flyweight title holder, Victor has been rapidly rising through the ranks, entertaining the crowds and sweeping aside the competition with a professional record of 8-2.

The way to deal with a pressure fighter is to use your footwork to create angles. In Muay Thai footwork is the foundation for everything that you do, so it is critical that you invest time into what to do with your feet. Muay Thai footwork needs to be responsive, changing with the situation at hand. When you are on the attack, you will move differently from when you are on the defensive.

Here, Victor works the footwork required to deal with a pressure fighter. Pressure fighters move forward aggressively, aiming to force you to succumb to their relentless attacks. The way to deal with them is to move to the side, not allowing them to back you up and responding to their attacks with counter-attacks delivered through intelligent movement.

Victor advises that you remain on the balls of your feet, moving to the left and the right, pivoting out to attack your opponent as they move forward.

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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.