Building Blocks of Muay Thai Training

Basic Building Blocks of Muay Thai Training

Tyson LaRone

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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What is the Difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

A lot of people think Muay Thai and Kickboxing are the same, which is not true. They do have some similarities but there are some major differences between these two martial arts. If you’re looking to learn one of these martial arts then first you need to know what Muay Thai and Kickboxing actually are.

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai, as its name suggests, originates in Thailand and dates back over a thousand years. The techniques used in Muay Thai have their roots in Muay Boran, a form of ancient boxing taught to soldiers so they could fight when disarmed. Muay Thai grew as a sport and a form of combat. There is evidence suggesting that Muay Thai competitions have been taking place for hundreds of years. Thai citizens and soldiers alike learned this ancient martial art for self-defense.

It was during the late 18th and 19th century that Muay Thai was modernized in the ways in which it was taught and how the competitions took place.

What Is Kickboxing?

Kickboxing brings us to the 20th century, during the 1960s and 1970s. It was during this time that kickboxing was first developed. It is more of a western term used for combat styles such as Muay Thai, Karate and Kyokushin.

The people of the Indochinese region call it full-contact karate, kickboxing evolved from Japanese martial artists learning the ways of Muay Thai and related systems in the 1960s.

Differences between Muay Thai & Kickboxing

  • Muay Thai fighters can use both their elbows, knees, feet and fists. Kickboxers only use fists and feet.
  • When it comes to clinching and grappling during a fight, Muay Thai fighters are allowed to grapple their opponents for close combat knee and elbow strikes. Kickboxers are not allowed to grapple their rivals and any clinching will be broken up by the referee.
  • In Muay Thai, fighters are allowed kicks to the legs, essentially anywhere below the waist with the exception of the groin region. Kickboxers are not typically allowed to strike below the waist, though it can change depending on style and Country.
  • Muay Thai fights start out slow as both fighters get the feel of each other, building up momentum with each passing round. In kickboxing, both fighters start out strong, trying to go for a KO as early in the fight as possible.
  • Muay Thai fighters perform rituals, prayers and ceremonial dances before a fight. They wear armbands, boxing gloves and shorts during a fight. Kickboxers have different variations depending on the region from where they come from.

Conclusion

Both Muay Thai and Kickboxing are great martial arts, deserving respect. Fighters of both disciplines train hard to compete in their tournaments as both are full-contact martial arts. These require the utmost focus and commitment from their practitioner as only the best get to compete for glory and honor.

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4 Ways to Be a Great Training Partner for Muay Thai

All martial arts require good sportsmanship and Muay Thai is no different. If you love Muay Thai then you know how good it makes you feel when you train and spar. This cannot be true for everyone however as some people are not lucky enough to have good partners. Training and sparring with your classmates requires that you have a good personality. A good person always teaches others and in the case of Muay Thai, he/she always does their best to be a good training partner.

Here are four ways to enforce the idea of how to be a good training partner in Muay Thai:

1: Don’t Be a Jerk

No one likes people who are arrogant and display how good they are at something as if they’re the best. If you want the other person to feel comfortable sparring with you, then keep it light hearted. You don’t have to be cracking jokes in the middle of the session, just say something to ease the tension (if any) between you and your partner. This is especially helpful when sparring with a person of opposite sex as being a bit loony can give you two the jolt to spar better rather than keeping your distance. When the time is right, smile and crack a little joke, but make sure that you don’t make someone a target of your joke as it will be very disrespectful.

2: Give Others a Chance by Thinking Positive

As sparring is crucial to Muay Thai training, chances are that you might pair up with a member of the opposite sex. This can make most people nervous, especially if a guy is paired with a girl. Guys will be hesitant to kick or punch a lady and won’t want to be the ones who ‘raised their hands at a woman’. Relax! This is Muay Thai; anyone who takes up Muay Thai knows what they’re getting into. When sparring with a person from the opposite sex, just make sure that you follow the rules of Muay Thai. If you’re more experienced, give them a nudge in the right direction and let them hit you a few times to make them feel comfortable. This will show them that you are a positive person and are giving them a chance to learn.

3: Don’t be a Know it All

When learning Muay Thai at a gym, you are there to learn from the instructor. No matter how many YouTube videos and Muay Thai fights you may have seen, don’t try to be a know-it-all and try to show everyone you know everything there is to know about Muay Thai. Everyone is there to learn from the Muay Thai instructor so instead of trying to show off new techniques, go with the class. In time you will realize how little you actually know, as training and learning from a real instructor is never going to be the same as watching videos on the internet. Flow with your teammates and if you think you can do a technique in a better way then make sure that you consult with your instructor quietly instead of boasting loudly about your immense knowledge.

4: Keep a Cool head

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Martial arts are all about learning patience and discipline. Sparring in Muay Thai is about learning and getting the feel of how a real fight would be like. Don’t lose yourself in the heat of combat and hit your partner with powerful blows to knock them out. Remember, this is not a match, it is a training session and you’re both there to learn. If you hit too hard then the other person will get bruised needlessly and will most likely make a complaint against you. No one will want to spar with you again and you will lose credibility. If you want to hit hard then do it in the ring or on the bags. In such times deep breathing is always helpful and can help calm your nerves.

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The 8 Destructive Weapons of Muay Thai

mt guy 4In finding the real self-defense value and effectiveness of a martial art, it is the type of weapons available in the arsenal that make the difference. In Thai boxing, the fighters are able to use the body’s most destructive weapons to their advantage. In Muay Thai, the 2 feet, 2 fists, 2 elbows and 2 knees are known as the 8 weapons. When put together these weapons are a lethal combination.

The feet are used for long distance striking, the fists and knees for medium distance attacks, while the elbow is used effectively as a devastating short range weapon. An experienced Thai boxer has solid defensive techniques for protection from the 8 weapons. One proven Muay Thai defensive technique often used as a counter move in ring combat, is known as “the wall of defense”, in which the fighter protects himself by lifting a knee to make contact with a lowered elbow to form a protective wall. This human wall has the strength to absorb the attacking strikes coming from any of the 8 weapons. Whether short, medium or long range, any of the 8 weapons, if used correctly, can touch the opponent with lightning speed, precision and accuracy.

Roundhouse Kicks

Lightning quick roundhouse kicks targeted at the head are regarded as the most flashy and effective attacks in a Muay Thai fight and scores high points from the judges. The most effective strike is when the attacker’s shin, not foot, is thrown into the side of an opponent’s head. The roundhouse kick can easily break a tensed up forearm on impact. Therefore, Thai boxers wisely prefer to absorb the roundhouse strike rather than maintain a rigid defensive stance.

Flying Knees Since Muay Thai is a close-quarters combat sport; effective grappling and knee techniques are needed. A good close-quarters fighter can be very effective in taking the wind and the will to fight from an opponent. A knockout strike is almost guaranteed when an opponent’s head is brought down to an upward-thrusting knee. Muay Thai fighters are the masters of kick fighting. But it’s their shins that are the hardest part of their body and used to chop an opponent down. The knees are also used to devastating effect, as are elbow and fist attacks.

Punching

Fighters from Thailand have successfully shown their punching proficiency by producing a number of world WBC and WBA boxing champions. In Muay Thai fights, power punching is seldom seen since it doesn’t score high points. It’s the elbow strike that separates the Muay Thai fighter from other martial artists. A lightning fast elbow strike is the weapon of choice for a fast knockout and held in high regard by the judges and spectators.

Clinch

Aside from being able to effectively strike with your hands, feet, knees and elbows in Thai boxing, being able to grapple and control your opponent in the clinch is necessary. Unlike western boxing where holding the opponent is illegal, Muay Thai allows the fighters to grapple for position and control. When two Thai fighters cling to each other in during the fight, they use their knees, fists and elbows to attack one another. Being in the clinch is hard work and requires a good amount of conditioning to hang on to a fighter who has the defensive techniques to keep his opponent at bay. If two Thai boxers clinch without striking, the referee will separate the two fighters as grappling without action is not allowed in a Muay Thai fight.

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Essentials of a Proper Muay Thai School

learn muay thai 3It is important for you to know what constitutes an effective environment for learning Muay Thai skills. If you want to join a school for training in Muay Thai, you should know of the basic and reasonable conditions that make learning successful and effective. This is what forms the basis of our practice at North Edmonton and St. Albert and that is what puts us at the apex of success as a martial arts school.

 

A Muay Thai school should have structures and equipment for both aerobic and anaerobic physical exercise. This will enable the trainees to exercise appropriately besides the actual training. A relaxed body can withstand long or prolonged training session while achieving the most in terms of skill acquisition by the trainees.  Arashi Do strives to offer the best equipment available on and off the mats to make your training experience as enjoyable as possible.

Muay Thai schools should have the training mats kept in the most hygienic condition. This will help prevent infections and spread of diseases among trainees. Unfortunately this is not common practice amongst most gyms.  We clean our mats daily, twice on those days where workouts are extra tough to ensure no infections are spread. The health of the students is a priority, it not only makes the school attractive as a martial arts learning destination, but no one wants to miss training because of a nasty rash.  Gym equipment is also cleaned after every use.

The training area in the school is well ventilated, free of clutter as well as fitted with good lighting. This helps to prevent accidents associated with tripping and injuries. It also has basic facilities like changing areas, showers and washrooms. It is important to us to have students train in the most comfortable condition achievable.  I have been to many schools that have gaps in the mat, uneven mats, torn equipment, no changerooms or bathrooms.  The list goes on.

The quality of training for the members should not be compromised by any means. This means a lot both for the success of the student as well as minimizing the cost of managing damages to structures and injuries to our trainees. Therefore our school offers the most professional martial arts instructors available. Our school has set the standards for qualification of instructors in order to ensure that only instructors of good reputation are engaged.

Our martial arts schools has manuals, guides and other learning resources that can help both the trainees and instructors improve their skill sets.  We offer extra matted space to work on techniques before or after class to ensure you nail the moves you need more practice with. It will then make it much easier to assess and manage progress. Our school is constantly investing in resource materials in order to develop the skills it hopes to cultivate in the members.

Arashi Do Martial Arts has a core objective, mission, vision and resolutions that guide the training. We teach with ethical values in mind that display the Art of Muay Thai in a good light to potential students and the community. This is because martial arts are an ancient art that has survived centuries and has bee nurtured through observance of such values.

Our martial arts school has both internal rules that guide trainers and trainees as well as general rules for the standards of the art. We will teach you and help you achieve your goals while also staying strong to the quality needed to advance through the ranks of Muay Thai. This will help you from losing motivation in your goal of the training. This will also boost discipline among the students and establish a culture of responsibility among the trainees.

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Muay Thai Training Tips for Beginners

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Training in Muay Thai is often a strenuous experience. When you are first starting out, it’s important to make sure that you are in good shape. To become good at Muay Thai, it’s essential to be committed to practicing. Get off to the right start by using the training tips below.

Find the Right Training Center 

Do a solid amount of research before you sign up. Observe or even try out a class, if possible, before committing to a particular gym. Look at reviews online and check out the qualifications of the instructors. If you can, talk to people who go there. Where you train has a huge impact on how well you learn Muay Thai and how much you will enjoy the experience, so choose your school wisely.

Invest in Good Equipment 

Some schools will have you buy all of the tools that you will need directly from them. Others may allow you bring your own equipment. Either way, don’t be afraid to spend the necessary money to get gloves that have the right amount of support and shin guards that will provide adequate protection from kicks.

Maintain Muscle Mass

The time you spend sparring or practicing Muay Thai is only the beginning of what you’ll need to do to stay in shape for this sport. When you aren’t training, you’ll need to keep up with a cardio exercise routine, such as running and jumping rope, and weight lifting. Strong abdominal muscles make it easier to withstand hits from opponents.

Learn the Proper Fighting Stance

When you’re first starting out, it’s critical to properly learn the correct fighting stance for Muay Thai. This is the foundation of being able to train and spar well, so take the necessary time to learn it. Practice these movements before focusing too much on other fighting techniques.

Repeat, Repeat, Then Repeat Again

Repetition is stressed in Muay Thai, and for good reason. For every defense and offensive move that you learn, you need to be sure that you are doing it correctly. Start off more slowly, then work on improving your speed once you get the moves down.

Practice Your Moves at Home

Get a punching bag or shadow box to practice at home. Everything you learn in class must be repeated constantly and consistently on your own. It’s important to practice every day, so that you are comfortable with the new skills you are learning. With time, you’ll be able to do all of the kicks and strikes with more ease, speed, and skill.

Be Patient 

Don’t push yourself to hard and don’t move on to the next level until you’re ready. Everyone who has ever been good at Muay Thai started at the beginning. Take the time now to train properly and to master the basics before moving on.

Muay Thai takes a great deal of time and energy to learn. Don’t get discouraged if it is difficult at first. Just keep training and working hard to improve.

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