This movement could be mistaken for the art of Wing Chun. Most readers of martial Arts lineage would be familiar with the close range method known as ‘trapping’. That said, we should also take into account that the art of ‘Muay-Boran‘ (some of the oldest lineages of the art of Muay Thai) do indeed have movements that resemble hand-embolization techniques, not to mention, disarming methods and even sword and knife play that look similar to other close-quarter trapping arts such as Wing Chun, Silat, Kali and Dumog respectively.
This moment of calm is then interrupted by what appears to be a slashing right elbow by Chang. The power is convincingly felt by Ryan’s character, not with some unrealistic, spinning aerial back-flip, but a series of haphazard, clumsy steps in a desperate bid to stay on his feet. Ryan’s character then delivers a mid level knee which is destroyed with a downward elbow by Chang. Chang then delivers a punishing spinning reverse elbow to the face of Julian with in the same movement. Clearly, Julian is also a street fighter from his gangster days back in America, but you get the feeling he is out of his depth.
Julian seems tentative and appears to be trying to live up to his older Brothers gangster image. Julian’s seriously deranged Mother has also put pressure on Julian to live up to his older Brother even by comparing the size of their genitals earlier in the film whilst at dinner with his girlfriend. Chang’s older wisdom and years of fighting in Thailand are proving fruitful and no doubt his character is used to fighting dirty. As Ryan’s character (Julian) attempts one last futile attack, Chang’s character shoots out a furry of low-line rear leg Muay Thai shin round-house kicks to the younger opponents thighs.