Is that the same reason they do the "lean back against the ropes" thing?
Originally Posted by Khun Kao
Much obliged! I've been eating at a Thai restaurant lately that shows muay thai all day long, so the question was in my mind again.
Thanks for the info.
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The lean back against the ropes thing, in my experience, is for 2 reasons. Yes, for one it does help you stretch your back out. But the other reason is that you are testing how tight and/or loose the ropes are. This can play an important part of your ring strategy. Some fighters will back into the ropes, and lean away from strikes, then use the "springiness" from the ropes to catapault them back forward, adding a little extra "oomph" to their counterstrikes....
Originally Posted by daigoro
Its also important for just plain defense. Think about Muhammed Ali's "Rope-a-Dope" fight. He used how loose the ropes were to his advantage. He would not have been able to employ those tactics if the ropes had been taut.
When I fight, I prefer the ropes to be pulled taut. It helps my game a lot since the majority of the time, the clinch ends up against the ropes.
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