Does Taekwondo have a Clinch?

Martial Methodology

A version of the clinch is a popular technique in Olympic style competition.

One of the many criticisms of Taekwondo is that it’s not a complete striking system. I wrote previously refuting this idea. One area that I missed was the so-called clinch. The clinch is a close-range grapple technique which either immobilizes the arms or places the players at a position of control to execute elbows, knees, and/or take-downs. Sports that include its use include, but are not limited to, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, various Wrestling styles, and yes, to some extent, even Taekwondo.

Muay Thai clinching:

Boxing clinch:

In boxing, the clinch is more of a survival technique; if you are hurt, you burst in and immobilize the opponent, trying to regain your bearings. You can also attack from their but it’s close range punches which in relation to other techniques might not be maximally effective. In Muay Thai…

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