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Clinch Lesson #3 - Striking from the Single Over-hook


This is the 3rd lesson in our Clinch 101 series.

The Over-hook is another great tactic to use when in the clinch. Over-hooking occurs when you wrap one of your arms around the assailant's triceps muscle (upper arm), while in the clinch. You control them by pulling them into you to meet your strikes.


How to perform Single Over-Hook to Striking:
















  1. Facing your partner, bring your same-side arm over their arm until your bicep/armpit is pinned around their triceps muscle near their shoulder.

  2. Grab your chest and pull down to bring the assailant closer to you. Alternatively, you can clasp your hands together while pulling down.

  3. Note: Do Not lean back or otherwise unbalance yourself to perform this clinch.


Strikes from this clinch include:

  • Deliver head butts to opponent’s ear, temple, side of orbital socket. Do Not head butt them in the forehead (harder parts of the head).

  • Deliver knees to the groin, solar plexus, or head (if they’re bent down).

  • Deliver horizontal or vertical elbows to opponent’s neck, and/or face/head.

  • Deliver finger techniques like scratching, gouging, etc.


Below is a quick video showing how to over-hook and strike from the position.

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