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April 03, 2007

Muay Thai Weapons

Muay Thai Weapons

Originally, Muay Thai weapons consist of head, fists, elbow, knee and feet. Even though using head to attack is not allowed in professional and amateur competitions these days, but you can still learn how to attack by using head for self-defense.

Muay Thai is very unique in terms of having many of weapons and variety of method to attack. Compare to other martial arts such as Karate, Judo and Tekwando, which mainly use only hand and feet as major attacks, Muay Thai is very effective of using all parts of the body equally to attack as well as defend. Especially using elbows and knees, which have incredible destructive power when they are used correctly

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March 26, 2007

Effective Muay Thai training programme

Effective Muay Thai training programme

For the effective Muay Thai training programme, in order to get good result, the training should be done on every other day basis. The training session should not be organised every day because it will over use the body and exceed its potential. Training on alternate day basis will also help to recover body muscle of boxers to make sure that they are ready as well as has less chance to get severe injuries for the next training session.

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March 19, 2007

Muay Thai Fist clenching and Hand wraps

Muay Thai Fist clenching and Hand wraps

The next step of Muay Thai training is you have to learn how to clenching the fist and make hand wrap correctly. But before we are going to learn how to clinch the fist and how to make hand wrap correctly, it is also good to know about the history, style and development of hand wrapping of Muay Thai. In ancient times, boxers did not use some kind of gloves or hand wrap style that similar to the western style these days. In fact, boxers were not required to wrap or cover their hands. However, sometime later, once the concern of safety of boxer’s hand, hand wrap was required in order to support and protect hands from severe injury. Muay Kad Chuek was the first common type of Muay that introduce the hand wrap method. Its unique style of hand wrap called Kad Chuek, is a kind of fist binding that not only focus on protecting hand but also to increase strength of attack. So the style of hand wrap has changed to increase attack potential by twisting threads into small coils and making knots hide under the knuckles. There were some more complex method of making fist binding become more danger such as before the fight, soaking bounded fists into the water and dried into the sun light then the knots become harder.

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March 06, 2007

Muay Thai Basic - Warm Up

Muay Thai Basic—warm up
Before you start, there are some basic lesson, which often over looked by many of Muay Thai learners or even professional trainer, warm up.

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November 15, 2006

Muay Thai Kickboxing - Hand Wrapping

Muay Thai Kickboxing - How to Hand Wrapping in Muaythai

This movie clip will show you how to hand-wrap in Muay thai boxing:

September 01, 2006

Is Muay Thai what you are really looking for?

By Isara Sukgrarongka

In summary, there is always only one answer for this question : If you would like to discover whether Muay Thai is suitable for you, just come to visit several Muay Thai gyms and try a first lesson (certainly most of Muay Thai gyms offer free introduction class) and see whether you want to learn it!!!

As I mentioned that everyone can learn Muay Thai. However, I would like to explain more on that as there may be some of you who have different background of martial arts training, from beginner to expert boxer, then I want to contribute some suggestion which based on my personal opinion to several group of Muay Thai learners

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June 23, 2006

Techniques

The basic offensive techniques in Muay Thai use fists, elbows, shins, feet, and knees to strike the opponent. To bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used: the clinch.

The clinch is applied by holding the opponent either around the neck or around the body. In Western Boxing, the two fighters are separated when they clinch. Defensively, the concept of "wall of defense" is used, in which shoulders, arms and legs are used to hinder the attacker from successfully executing his techniques. Blocking is a critical element in Muay Thai and compounds the level of conditioning a successful practitioner must possess. Low and mid body roundhouse kicks are normally blocked with a raised shin.

Mid to high body strikes are blocked with the forearm, knee/shin. Roundhouse kicks to the mid section are often blocked/accepted by a slight rotation of the torso so that the attacking shin strikes the back quarter of the rib cage. Mid section roundhouse kicks can also be caught/trapped, allowing for a sweep or counter attack to the remaining leg of the opponent. Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand, but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit.

With the success of Muay Thai in mixed martial arts fighting, it has become the de facto martial art of choice for competitive stand-up fighters. As a result, it has evolved in order and incorporated much more powerful hand striking techniques used in westen style boxing, and the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable. Note: when Muay Thai fighters compete against fighters of other styles (and if the rules permit it), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage in fighting.

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June 21, 2006

Muay Thai Basic Techniques

In Earlier times Muay Thai consisted of an Arsenal of nine weapons - The Head, Fists, Elbows, Knees and Feet - collectively known as Na-wa-arud.

Modern Muay Thai no longer permits the use of the head in competition. However, there is still a formidable fighting force, capable of devastating an opponent, at the boxers' disposal.

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