About Muay Thai

Muay Thai boxing has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Muay Thai is referred to as the “science of eight limbs”, since it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact, as opposed to the four (hands and feet) used in other martial art sports.  Muay means ‘to box’  (Muay Thai)  ‘Boxing Thai style’

Most techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punches, elbows and knees, making training a great all round workout.

Punching (Chok) - (jab,cross, hooks, spinning backfist, uppercuts, (Cobra) AKA right hand over the top of the opponents guard and flying punch). As a tactic, body punching is used less in Muay Thai than most other striking martial arts to avoid exposing the attacker’s head to counter strikes from knees and elbows.

Elbows (Fun Sork) - the elbow can used in a number of ways as a striking weapon: horizontal, slash, uppercut, striking downwards, spear, reverse, backward-spinning and flying.

Kicking (Dhe) - the two most common kicks in Muay Thai are the front kick (Teep) and roundhouse kick, which can be executed to the legs, body and head.  Other kicks used are: side kick, back kick and spinning heel kick.

Knee (Kow) - (straight knee strike, side knee strike, horizontal knee strike, knee slap, long knee, jumping knee, step-up knee strike). In terms of force and impact, the Muay Thai knee strike is one of the most impactful of martial art attacking strikes.

Clinch and Neck Wrestling Grappling- in Western boxing fighters are separated when they clinch, but in Muay Thai they are not, indeed it is often in the clinch that knee and elbow techniques are used.
Thai numbers (1-10)
1. Nueng 2. Song 3. Sam 4. See. 5.Haa 6. Hok 7. Jed 8. Ped 9. Gow 10. Sib
In the gym your coach will focus on the specific Muay Thai training that uses Thai pads, focus mitts heavy bags and other fitness equipment.

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