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The clinch is a grappling hold in which both opponents are standing and are at a very close range, typically facing each other. Grappling techniques, such as throws, takedowns and joint locks, can be applied, as well as certain strikes (primarily close-range strikes such as knees and elbows); however, long range attacks cannot be used. In striking sports, such as boxing and taekwondo, opponents in a clinch are broken up (with the exception of Muay Thai, since elbows and knees can be used), whereas in grappling based competitions, such as Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, clinching is an important part of the match.

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