The national sport of Thailand.Known as the “Art of Eight
Limbs,” Muay Thai allows punching, kicking, elbowing, and kneeing. Unlike boxing and kickboxing, Muay Thai fighters are also allowed to clinch. The clinch is, in fact, a very dangerous
place to be with a talented muay Thai fighter as it allows them full use of their elbows and knees.
Rules for Muay Thai vary from country to country and with different organizations. In general the rounds, judging and refereeing are similar to those in boxing
and kickboxing. Traditional Muay Thai fighters will also perform the Ram Muay dance before a fight to honor their coaches.
Examples of muay Thai fighters in MMA: Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Mauricio Rua
BENEFITS OF THAI BOXING
Increased Cardiovascular Conditioning
I trained in many Martial Arts over the years, none of them have come close to delivering the cardiovascular conditioning that Mauy Thai officers. With continued pratice, your body will adapt to
the demands of the sport sport and improved cardiovascular performance is one of the benefits.
Kicking and footwork play a large role in Mauy Thai. One movement that is distinctive to Mauy Thai is the roundhouse kick. Learning how to kick strengthens the muscles
of the lower body. Everymuscle in your lower body will benefit from practising the kicks and footwork drills incorporated in the sport, increasing muscle endurance, force production and
Your core is every single muscle located in your trunk, not just your six pack. The rotational nature of all of the movements in the sport truly does strengthen your
core. Stricking, defensive movements and clinching will all help the Mauay Thai student develop a stron core.
INCREASED HIP MOBILITY
It will not happen over night, but with time the kicking and kneeing movements of Mauy Thai promote increased hip mobility.
The majority of us can accumulate a fair amount of stress during the day. Having an outlet for that stress feels fantastic
and can work wonders for your mental and physical health.
When your stressed hitting the pads just feels good.
Due to the fast pace of the sport, you dont have time to worry, it allows you to focus on what you are doing and nothing else.
MUAY THAI CAN BENEFIT JUST ABOUT ANYONE
Just make sure you adapt the workout to your level of fitness when you are getting started. There is absolutely no shame in taking a break or modifying a drill to make
it fit for you. Remember when pratising any sport there is always a risk of injury. Consult your Doctor before beginning any new type of physical training and let
your instructor know of any injury or physical condition that you may have prior to training.
It is understandable why muay Thai has become so popular, especially with MMA fighters. It’s simple and effective. You can study muay Thai for a
fairly short period of time and be somewhat proficient in the basic strikes. Granted, it takes thousands of repetitions to master these strikes, but it is still an art that can be assimilated
quickly. One technique that you will see performed in most MMA fights and certainly every muay Thai fight today is the roundhouse kick.
The muay Thai roundhouse kick is one of the most powerful strikes a person can deliver. Unlike many snapping kicks from other arts that rely on the
quadriceps to produce power, the muay Thai kick utilizes the entire body in the movement. The kick derives its power from the rotational movement of the body, mainly the hips and trunk
The roundhouse is a versatile strike that can be thrown to numerous targets, including the leg (both inner and outer thigh), the body, the neck, and the head. If you are
trying to develop your kick you have to make sure to train it on all the various modalities available at your gym. Listed below are several different ways you can train the roundhouse
1. The Heavy Bag
The heavy bagis is one of the most important pieces of equipment in a gym. It allows you to take the time necessary to perfect your technique with minimum risk of injury.
It also allows you to practice at any level of intensity you desire. Working on the heavy bag will condition your shins, which is extremely important in muay Thai - so kick it hard!
2. Thai Pads
Thai pads simulate dealing with an actual opponent and are a great tool for developing your timing, accuracy, and speed. Another advantage to working on the pads is the
advice and correction you receive from your coach or teammate.
If you want to learn how to actually use the techniques your coach has taught you, you must spar. Sparring will teach you how to adapt to an opponent and how to utilize
the techniques you have spent hours on end honing to perfection.
Shadowboxing is important in any martial art or combat sport. It’s a great way to warm up, but it also allows for the development of cadence. When performed in front of a
mirror, shadowboxing allows the practitioner to see the holes and habits in his or her game.
The movement of the muay Thai kick is very similar to that of swinging a baseball bat. The bat follows the rotational movement of the body to the intended target. With
the kick, the shin follows the movement of the hips, therefore generating tremendous amounts of torque. The more powerful the practitioner’s hips and core, the faster and more powerful the kick