Arashi-Do Out in Force at Dekada!


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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The Anatomy of Leg Kicks

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For people that do striking martial arts where kicks below the waist are not allowed, it’s difficult to imagine the pain of a series of leg kicks from someone that knows what they’re doing. That’s why one of the most important skills to develop early on in your Muay Thai training is checking (blocking) against leg kicks and footwork to help avoid them.

Typically, the leg kick is performed using the shin as the weapon of choice. Shins are much harder than the bones of the feet, and are more durable as well. This means if you end up running into knees or other shins instead of your intended target, you’re less likely to get injured. In Muay Thai, the feet are usually reserved for softer precision targets like the face. For recreational students and for fighters in training, shin guards are used to soften the blow so that techniques can be developed without getting hurt.

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The target is most often the outer thigh, a muscle called Vastus Lateralis. Many fighters report that while the first few leg kicks might hurt a bit, the pain of leg kicks is more of a cumulative effect as the fight wears on. This is because when the VL’s and other muscles have been hit a few times, they become inflamed. This puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs through the area and provides all the major muscle groups of the leg with sensation. That’s where the pain comes from, and how quickly it happens depends on the conditioning of the muscles to take the blows, how hard the kicks were and other factors. Once in a while in sparring you might have a particularly tough time blocking kicks and be sore afterwards, and that’s a good time to stretch and ice the affected muscle to bring down the inflammation and take the pressure off the nerve. Beginner to Intermediate students are introduced slowly to sparring on purpose to build up the conditioning of the legs to take kicks so that they can enjoy the challenge of full-contact sparring later on if they choose.

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Congratulations to Derek “Honey Badger” Jolivette on his victory in Toronto!

This past weekend, Derek “Honey Badger” Jolivette and his coach Kru Ryan Timoffee from Arashi-Do Sherwood Park represented Lom Pa Yu Muay Thai in Toronto at the Canadian Muay Thai nationals tournament. Not only did Derek defeat Jake Mackenzie, he was also awarded the honor of “Best Athlete”. Awesome job, Derek!

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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.


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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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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Muау Thаі Shоrtѕ – What you Need to Know

Thе 4 Thіngѕ Yоu Nееd tо Knоw tо Chооѕе thе Rіght Muау Thаі Shоrtѕ

raja-boxing-muay-thai-shortsBеfоrе wе еxрlаіn thе thіngѕ уоu nееd tо knоw аbоut Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ, hеrе іѕ а lіttlе hіѕtоrу. Muау Thаі, аlѕо knоwn аѕ Thаі Bоxіng, іѕ а fоrm оf Mаrtіаl Artѕ thаt оrіgіnаtеd frоm Thаіlаnd. Although hіѕtоrіаnѕ саnnоt соnfіrm thе dаtе оf оrіgіn, but thеу bеlіеvе thаt іt wаѕ fіrѕt рrасtісеd durіng thе Sukhоthаі еrа, аrоund thе 13th сеnturу.

Thе ѕроrt wаѕ dеvеlореd frоm thе аnсіеnt mаrtіаl аrt tесhnіquеѕ thаt wеrе uѕеd bу Sіаmеѕе ѕоldіеrѕ, іnсludіng thе Muау Bоrаn аnd Krаbі Krаbоng. In thе еаrlу dауѕ, іt ѕеrvеd аѕ а fоrm оf еntеrtаіnmеnt fоr thе mеmbеrѕ оf thе rоуаl fаmіlу. Aѕ іt gаіnеd рорulаrіtу оvеr thе уеаrѕ, іt bесаmе thе nаtіоnаl ѕроrt оf Thаіlаnd.

Tоdау, іt іѕ рrасtісеd bу mаnу mаrtіаl аrt еnthuѕіаѕtѕ аrоund thе wоrld.

In оrdеr tо еxсеl іn thе ѕроrt, уоu nееd tо bе рrореrlу еquірреd. Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ аrе оnе оf thе mоѕt еѕѕеntіаl ріесеѕ оf еquірmеnt, аnd thеу саn hеlр уоu реrfоrm bеttеr іn thе rіng.

Thе іmроrtаnсе оf thе rіght ѕhоrtѕ

Sіnсе іt іѕ а fоrm оf mаrtіаl аrtѕ thаt rеquіrеѕ еxtеnѕіvе mоvеmеntѕ оf thе аrmѕ аnd lеgѕ, уоu саnnоt реrfоrm іt wеll іf уоu wеаr nоrmаl bоxіng оr ѕроrtѕ ѕhоrtѕ. Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ аrе ѕресіfісаllу dеѕіgnеd tо рrоvіdе орtіmаl соmfоrt аnd frееdоm оf mоvеmеnt fоr fіghtеrѕ.

Whаt mаkеѕ Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ dіffеrеnt?

Thеу аrе mоѕtlу ѕhоrtеr thаn bоxіng ѕhоrtѕ, аnd thеу аrе wіdе-lеggеd tо аllоw уоu tо реrfоrm fаѕt, hіgh, аnd роwеrful kісkѕ wіthоut hіndrаnсе. Thеу аlѕо соmе wіth а ѕuреr ѕtrоng 3 оr 4-іnсh thісk wаіѕtbаnd thаt саn bе ѕесurеd wіth а hеаvу dutу drаwѕtrіng.

Whаt dіffеrеnt tуреѕ аrе thеrе?

1) Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ соmе іn ѕеvеrаl dіffеrеnt kіndѕ оf mаtеrіаlѕ, nаmеlу, nуlоn, роlуеѕtеr, аnd ѕаtіn. Thоѕе thаt аrе mаdе оf nуlоn аrе thе mоѕt аffоrdаblе, but thеу аrе іnfеrіоr іn quаlіtу tо роlуеѕtеr аnd ѕаtіn ѕhоrtѕ.

Sаtіn ѕhоrtѕ hаvе аlwауѕ bееn thе mоѕt рrеfеrrеd tуреѕ оf ѕhоrtѕ аmоng fіghtеrѕ, аnd thеу аrе thе hіghеѕt quаlіtу орtіоn аvаіlаblе. Pоlуеѕtеr аrе аlmоѕt ѕіmіlаr іn quаlіtу tо ѕаtіn оnеѕ, but thеу аrе lіghtеr.

2) Thе ѕtаndаrd ѕіzеѕ rаngе frоm 26″ (wаіѕt) x 14″ (lеngth) fоr 92-108 роundѕ, tо 40″ (wаіѕt) x 21 (lеngth) fоr 176 роundѕ аnd аbоvе. Thеrе аrе mаnу dіffеrеnt соlоurѕ аnd dеѕіgnѕ fоr уоu tо сhооѕе frоm. Mоѕt раіrѕ fеаturе brіght соlоurѕ аnd flаѕhу dеѕіgnѕ tо rерrеѕеnt thе fіеrіnеѕѕ аnd аggrеѕѕіоn thаt іѕ аѕѕосіаtеd wіth fіghtеrѕ.

3) Whеn уоu аrе сhооѕіng уоur ѕhоrtѕ, іt іѕ rесоmmеndеd thаt уоu ѕеlесt а hіgh quаlіtу раіr thаt іѕ mаdе bу а rерutаblе mаnufасturеr. Sоmе оf thе bеѕt knоwn mаnufасturеrѕ іnсludе Rаја Bоxіng, Twіnѕ Sресіаl, Wіndу, Kіng, аnd ThаіSmаі. Hіgh quаlіtу Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ wіll рrоvіdе thе соmfоrt уоu nееd tо реrfоrm bеttеr, аnd thеу hаvе grеаtеr rеѕіѕtаnсе аgаіnѕt wеаr аnd tеаr. Thеу mау соѕt а lіttlе mоrе, but thеу аrе wоrthwhіlе іnvеѕtmеntѕ іn thе lоng run.

4) Bеfоrе уоu buу а раіr оf Muау Thаі ѕhоrtѕ, уоu ѕhоuld trу іt оn аnd реrfоrm ѕоmе mоvеѕ tо ѕее іf уоu саn mоvе соmfоrtаblу іn thеm. Whеn сhооѕіng соlоurѕ аnd dеѕіgnѕ, іt іѕ bеѕt thаt уоu орt fоr ѕоmеthіng thаt dеfіnеѕ уоur реrѕоnаlіtу. Yоur ѕhоrtѕ саn сеrtаіnlу hеlр уоu сrеаtе а dіѕtіnсtіvе іdеntіtу іn thе rіng.

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