Elements of Muay Thai Training

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Shadow Boxing

Shadow boxing is commonly used as a warm-up, but it’s often a bit misunderstood. True, you aren’t actually hitting anything or being hit back for that matter but that’s no reason to be lazy. Once you’re warmed up, shadow boxing should be used as an opportunity to push your conditioning and work on your techniques the way you want to use them in a real fight. Concentrate on your footwork and head movement as if you have a real opponent trying to cut off the ring and knock you out. Throw your strikes hard and fast, keep your hands up, and mix up your combinations. Imagine different kinds of fighters – fighters taller than you, ones that like to kick lots, ones that want to clinch with you etc. and shadowbox the way you would deal with them.

Heavy Bag Work

The heavy bag is the perfect tool to work on one very important thing – power. You don’t have to worry about being hit or hurting a partner. Heavy bags don’t tend to move around a lot so you can work on the technical side of producing bone-shattering strikes and think about what you could be doing better before throwing the next strike. The heavy bag will also condition your fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet for the stress of throwing hard strikes.

Thai Pad Drills

Pad work is absolutely essential to your growth as a muay thai fighter. In Thailand, pad work makes up the majority of a workout and it can take just as long to master pad holding as actually doing the striking yourself. When done well, thai pad combos mix the benefits of the shadowboxing with the benefits of the heavy bag. You can throw strikes with power and get used to actually hitting something but you still have to move around, defend yourself and mix up your combos based on the padholder.

Sparring

This is where it all comes together – attacking and defending yourself against a real opponent. Sparring is very exciting and it’s important to have fun but remember one very important thing – sparring is not the same thing as fighting. In a fight, both fighters are there to win and are prepared to give and take at 100%, with intent to hurt each other. The goal in sparring is to get a taste of that but the goal is for both people to improve, have fun and go home without injuries so everyone is happy to come back and do it again the next day. Take care of your training partners!

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Great Job at Spar Wars Everyone!

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Last weekend the St. Albert army was out in force at Spar Wars. In fact, despite being the newest and smallest Arashi-Do locations we had one of the best turn-outs! We had nine first-time Muay Thai competitors and twelve BJJ competitors, and took home a bunch of medals but more importantly everyone fought their hearts out with great performances in tough matches!

It’s impossible to fully explain the feeling of martial arts competition to those who haven’t done it before, but suffice to say it is both thrilling and nerve-wracking at the same time and it takes a great deal of courage even to get out there regardless of result. Thank you to everyone who came out and represented our school so well, we could not be prouder!

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Spar Wars January 12th, 2019

Happy new year everyone! We are getting right back into the swing of things with a tournament on the 12th. Spar Wars is Arashi-Do’s in-house tournament and is a great first tournament! Divisions are available for both kids and adults in all three styles Arashi-Do teaches. For more information, head over to http://arashido.com/news-events/events/event/8641-spar-wars-edmonton-and-area-club-tournament .

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New “Youth Muay Thai” Class Coming 2019

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Good evening students of Arashi-Do St. Albert! Going into 2019 we’ve found ourselves in a rare situation where we have quite a few Muay Thai students aged 12-14 years. These students can often be too big and strong for the majority of the juniors, but are on the small side of the adults class so we have decided to create a new “youths” class specially for 12-14 year olds. The Juniors’ class will run at its normal time from 5:30-6:15, and the youths class will start right after, going from 6:15 to 7:15. We will begin phasing it in as bring kids up from the juniors and down from the adults. Happy new year everyone!

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Arashi-Do Out in Force at Dekada!

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Dekada Contender is the next upcoming event on September 8 hosted by Calgary’s premier Boxing and Kickboxing promotion, featuring two of Arashi-Do’s biggest talents – Stephanie Essensa and Chris McMillan! Tickets available by calling 1-403-804-5277.

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Double Up for Maximum Damage

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Since Muay Thai has eight weapons as opposed to the 2-4 normally utilized by other striking styles, combos are usually heavily varied. This is one of the greatest strengths of Muay Thai, but even though combinations are infinite, traditionally-trained fighters can still fall into certain grooves that can make the next technique easier to see coming. For instance, the majority of the time if a strike was thrown from the lead, the next strike will be thrown from the rear. Even if that strike could be any one of four weapons, having narrowed it down that much is a big help for defending against it.

This opens the door for a very simple strategy to shake up traditional combo structure and catch opponents off guard – simply double up the same strike! A double jab is fairly common, but when was the last time you threw two crosses in a row, two lead hooks in a row, or two power head kicks in a row?

The strikes don’t have to be identical. One of my personal favourites is a short cross (no hip turn) to throw off the opponent’s sense of how far they are from me by just knocking on their defense, followed immediately by a full cross that penetrates the defense fully. You could throw a lead hook to the body followed immediately by a hook to the head, or a lead cut kick to the inside thigh and then go to the head with the same kick. Try mixing doubled-up strikes into your combos, you’ll be surprised at the effectiveness!

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Blocking versus Evading

Whether it’s Muay Thai or any other martial art, most beginners are taught to emphasize defense and survival skills. It makes sense, as when you are just starting out it’s more important to be able to stay in the fight until you can get away or help arrives than to “win the fight” which becomes the mindset with more skill and experience.

However, defensive techniques aren’t all the same, and some are more difficult than others in different ways. They can be divided a variety of ways but the two basic categories are blocking and evading.

Blocking: Any technique where you’re putting something between the opponent and the target, usually something hard and durable like a shin or forearm. The advantage of blocks is that they are usually subtle movements that require less speed and reflexes than evading. Beginners usually learn blocks first before they learn evading techniques. The disadvantage is that it’s difficult to attack and block at the same time, so if the opponent can keep the pressure on and keep you blocking they can build momentum. Also, seasoned opponents will still do damage even if their strikes are blocked – even a shin or forearm can only take so much punishment.

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Evading: Evading is usually taught a little further down the line after a beginner has learned the fundamentals of blocking. Evading has several advantages over blocks. First, making an opponent miss with their strikes will tire them out more quickly. Second, if you can evade well then you’ll sustain much less damage overall. The disadvantage is that evading oftern has a much higher “cost of failure” than blocking. If you’re slow to block and only partially shield yourself, you’ll still reduce the damage done. If you try to evade and fail, you’re more likely to take the full force of the blow. Evading techniques must be done quickly and with excellent timing.

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There are always exceptions to the rules and in some cases blocking or evading may be the best way to defend against a given technique whether you are a beginner or not. It is important to always come back to the basics and then work on what style suits you best later on.

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