Muay Thai / Thai Boxing
Muay Thai / Thai Boxing is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts. A professional league is governed by the World Muay Thai Council.
The punch techniques in muay Thai were originally quite limited being crosses and a long (or lazy) circular strike made with a straight (but not locked) arm and landing with the heel of the palm. Cross-fertilization with Western boxing and western martial arts mean the full range of western boxing punches are now used: lead jab, straight/cross, hook, uppercut, shovel and corkscrew punches and overhands as well as hammer fists and back fists. Almost all techniques in muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow and block.
As a tactic, body punching is used less in muay Thai than most other striking combat sports to avoid exposing the attacker’s head to counter strikes from knees or elbows. To utilize the range of targeting points, in keeping with the center line theory, the fighter can use either the Western or Thai stance which allows for either long range or short range attacks to be undertaken effectively without compromising guard.
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A word from our coach...
Our Muay Thai sessions last 1 hour, the class consists of a light warm up and then moving onto clinch work with a partner. During the class you will learn the following techniques:
Punches, Kicks, Knees, Elbow & Clinches.
You will also be supervised by all instructors and senior students who will make sure you have your guard up, in the correct stance and will also help with the techniques, you will then move onto light sparring followed by body conditioning and a light cool down.