What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, (pronounced muueee tie) has been described as one of the most effective striking arts in history. Kickboxing, on the other hand, often confused with Muay Thai, is a combat sport that uses punches and kicks as its main tools in combat.
Although Muay Thai shares some similarities with Kickboxing, it is a separate martial art with its own culture, history, and lineage.
Muay Thai is known as the "Art of 8 Limbs.” While it is the national sport of Thailand today, it was developed as a means for the Thai people to defend themselves and their king against neighboring intruders during the 18th century.
The soldiers of the time would effectively use Muay Thai for hand-to-hand combat, leading to countless victories in battle and high respect for the martial art.
Muay Thai has been celebrated in Thai culture for both its effectiveness and beauty. It has evolved throughout the years into a fully-sanctioned combat sport with rules and regulations. Today, people from all over the world practice Muay Thai for competition and its numerous health benefits.
The Muay Thai practitioner trains and utilizes their whole as a weapon, so the body must be highly conditioned to both strike and defend against attacks. A Muay Thai fighter, or ‘Thai boxer,' as they are often referred, must utilize all their limbs – two arms, two legs, two elbows, and two knees – as weapons against their opponent. (Yes, they do refer to elbows and knees as limbs.)
The 'Thai boxer' also utilizes “the clinch” for close-range combat. The clinch includes combinations of knees, elbows, sweeps and throws to attack and keep their opponent off balance.
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Frequent Asked Questions
Is Muay Thai dangerous?
It can be, depending on how it is used. Muay Thai can and has been used purely as a tool for self-defense and to get into shape. However, Muay Thai is a combat sport. If the practitioner chooses, he or she can use Muay Thai to fight.
What do I need to get started?
Muay Thai involves punching and kicking pads, bags, and other people. Gloves and hand wraps are provided for the first few classes, however, it is recommended to purchase your own. Advanced practitioners, who would like to practice more combat-related drills or sparring require a cup, mouthpiece, and shinguards.
Do I have to be in shape to start Muay Thai?
No! Come in with a good attitude and ready to train and you will get into shape and have fun while learning Muay Thai.
I’ve never been athletic. Can I do Muay Thai?
Of Course!. Muay Thai is for everyone. You just need to practice, practice, practice.
What is Yoga?
Yoga literally means to yoke or pull together. Yoga is a philosophy that combines meditation, postures, breathing and body movement to bring one closer to their “true or divine self. Yoga has many different meanings and several types. The main type of Yoga practiced in the West is Hatha Yoga.
Does Yoga help with martial arts?
Yes! Yoga, just as in martial arts, combines body movement with the breath and teaches one how to control and utilize their bodies in effective ways. Other benefits including flexibility, balance, concentration, and self-control are all helpful in martial arts.