[quote]Aussie Davo wrote:
I box, so I can’t help you much with Muay Thai, but when I spar against taller opponents, I counter-punch alot more. I’ll jab out and then I’ll wait for them to throw a jab or a 1-2, and I’ll dodge it and throw a quick right hand, then crash into them and rip them up the guts. Seems to work well so far, as when they eat the right, alot of taller people have the tendency to lean back while covering their face which leaves this beautiful opening in their midsection.[/quote]
Yeah, a lot of tall fighters have shall we say “less than stellar” footwork, and tend to like to lean/move their head rather than move their feet. So, going for the head first generally winds up in them “snapping back” and then returning with a jab of their own (using their superior reach). Generally going to the body and then the head works better.
OP, you’ve got to first figure out their preferred method of defense, are they a counter striker, a blocker or a “runner”. You also can’t really figure this out if you initiate your attack when they are in a strong defensive position, you’ve got to use your footwork to draw them out of position and then initiate your attack (or mock attack) to draw their “instinctive” method of defense.
What I mean is that if we’re both standing in a strong defensive position (good balance, hands up, have each other in our “line of fire”, and have our mental composure) and one of use throws a jab at the other, then either of us can “choose” which type of method of defense we use. One time we might cuff it and return with a jab. Next time we might just throw a “cross” over the incoming jab. Next time we might just step back and make the punch miss by maintaining range.
But, if I draw you out of that strong defensive position (either by use of fakes or footwork) and then throw a jab at you while you are transitioning. Now you are likely just going to revert back to the method of defense that comes most naturally to you, since you were mentally (and physically) unprepared.
Once you figure that out, then you can use the appropriate method of attack and proceed from there (check out Joe Lewis’s material if you want to learn more about strategy, footwork, and set-ups). You also must close the gap as explosively as you can as soon as the opportunity presents itself. You mentioned that you like to use the “peek-a-boo” defense which can be great for smothering the opponent’s attacks. But you can’t just “wade” in like Foreman used to, you’ve got to be on your opponent fast, before he knows what hit him and can use his footwork to maintain distance and continue hitting you as you come in.