Muay Thai.

Muay Thai, also known as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’, is a combat system characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, and feet, thus using eight points of contact in a fight. It is considered one of the most effective fighting styles of martial arts. It originated in Thailand, and is the sport/ring fighting version of the older art of Muay Boran. Muay Boran was the art used to train the military and royal guard.

Muay thai became a common part of local festivals where competitions would be held. It was popularized when practitioners dominated in the UFC, against other martial artists with the use of their brutal striking techniques.

Muay Thai & MMA.

Muay thai, like boxing, is considered a good base for training mixed martial arts. It provides a solid foundation for kicks, punches and clinch fighting. Practitioners like Pedro Rizzo, Bas Rutten, Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Maurice Smith stepped into the ring and completely dominated some of the toughest men in MMA. They could do this thanks to their training in the clinch, and by using the powerful knee and leg strikes to knock out their opponents.

These are a few elements of Muay Thai that are effective for MMA fighting :

1) Powerful kicks for long range fighting : Kicks can be used to keep the opponent at bay, or to inflict damage to the body, without the risk of stepping inside the opponent’s range.

2) Elbows and knees for close range and clinch fighting : Elbows and knees are the best weapons for close range fighting, and Muay Thai teaches you how to use them effectively.

3) Using round kicks to cause maximum damage : Round kicks to the legs in an MMA fight is a very effective strategy to employ. This is true for a very simple reason. If you can’t walk and/or stand properly while in a fight, you’ll have an extremely hard time fighting effectively. A thai style round kick can achieve this effect on the legs with just a couple of shots.

4) Conditioning :  Muay thai places a lot of emphasis on conditioning, and it gets a fighters body into peak physical condition for fights.

Muay Thai for Fitness & Health.

The training in Muay Thai includes running, jump ropes, shadow boxing, thai pad drills and weight training. It’s designed to improve the overall fitness of the athlete, and provides a great way to stay in shape. It’s a lot of fun, and you basically end up kicking and punching your way to a toned, fit and lean body.

Our MMA syllabus at Combat Kinetics includes a lot of training methods and techniques from Muay Thai. Contact us for regular training and classes.

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