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About Muay Thai

Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs. The history stems from Thailand and an older form of Kick Boxing called Muay Boran. It is also the country's national sport. Now practiced with boxing gloves and pads (sometimes), it has similarities to Western Boxing. Although some similarities are present, there are vast differences. As derived from its psuedonym "the art of eight limbs", Muay Thai incorportates the use of hands, elbows, knees, and shins. Strikes from skilled practioners can be extremely damaging. These damaging strikes make this martial art one of the more brutal martial arts in existence.

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Kick Boxing's popularity has soared in the recent decade. This is directly attributed to the exposure from the world of MMA fighting. Since this stand up fighting style has become a staple of many MMA professionals and is widely known as one of the most effective fighting styles for mixed martial arts.

Second to only, or perhaps tied with BJJ, Muay Thai is also one of the fastest growing and practiced martial arts today. Schools teaching this style are beginning to pop up everywhere. Many MMA schools are also incorporating Muay Thai training into their program.

Muay Thai is Raw Power

Muay Thai fighters are well known for toughness. With strict training regimens and ferocious strikes, proficient kick boxers are a force to be reckoned with.

This sport has grown exponentially since the growth of MMA. Considered a staple of MMA development, it's popularity will continue to increase. Muay Thai boxing involves combatents fighting in a stand-up fasion. The use of hand strikes, knee strikes, elbow strikes, and shin(leg) strikes is allowed. Fighters may also clench in an attempt to control their oppenent and land even more devastating strikes.

Thai boxers typically use the shin of thier leg because it is stronger than the foot. The shin is also used to block low leg kicks as well. Shin conditioning is a large part of Muay Thai training. There are many myths about how to properly execute shin conditioning. The most preferred method is through repeated kicking drills using a heavy bag. Please consult a professional trainer before attempting to condition your shins for fighting.

Thai boxing strikes are extremely powerful. One of the most effective strikes is the kick. The two most common kicks used by Thai boxers are known as the teep (literally "foot jab,"), and the TAE(kick)chieng (kicking upwards in the shape of a triangle cutting under the arm and ribs) or angle kick. The angle kick uses a rotational movement of the entire body and is somewhat similar to a karate roundhouse kick, but lacks the rotation of the lower leg from the knee used in other striking martial arts like Karate or Taekwondo. The angle kick draws its power entirely from the rotational movement of the body. Many practioners use a counter rotation of the arms to intensify the power of this kick.

Another powerful kick employed by fighters is the leg kick. This is a short and fast kick aimed at either the inner or outer portion of your oppenents leg. This kick is snapped and is very powerful. Against an unconditioned attacker, it is very plausible that one effective leg kick will persuade them from continuing their attack. Over the course of sport fighting, a correctly delivered series of leg kicks will stall your oppenent's ability to move and in many occasions will end the fight.

Benefits of Muay Thai

Excellent form of self-defense

Enhances flexibility and stamina

Strength conditioning

Strength and speed

Confidence and Discipline

Develops self awareness and assertiveness

Stress reduction and positive attitude

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