Significant Training Techniques in Muay Thai

Posted in Learn muay Thai boxing on November 15th, 2008

Muay Thai is the popular Thai kickboxing and is a mixture of several techniques employed in the rest of the forms of martial arts. Most of the times it is termed as the “science of 8 limbs” simply because almost all parts of the body are employed during the fight. The forehead, the fists, elbows, knees, and feet are often used as the weapons. It has been around for more than 2000 years and is basically regarded as the oldest variant of martial arts. Muay Thai was once called the martial art of the kings because of the fact that in 1914 the sons of the King Sen Muajng Ma fought until their death for the throne of their father.

Muay Thai fighters are expected to be strong and powerful since all the movements can really be energy-draining. Muay Thai training then enhances the fighter’s adaptability, strength, and stamina. More so, here are some very important techniques to learn.

The Thai Clinch. This Muay Thai technique is exclusively used for this martial art. The fighter holds the opponent through the head, body, or neck. He then presses his forearm on the collar bone of the opponent. The typical clinching technique applied in Muay Thai is the tapping of the head downward before releasing a throw. He can also cause the opponent to lose balance by throwing him to his left.

The Kru. This one is a tedious technique to learn that calls for hard work during the training. This Muay Thai training technique requires the tradition that the fighter needs to respect his trainer by means of the Wai Kru ritual.

Some important elements employed for the Muay Thai training techniques are running, stretching, and shadow boxing. A Muay Thai fighter must have the “never say die” attitude at all cost.

The Techniques of Muay Thai

Posted in Muay Thai Boxing tutorials on July 19th, 2008

Muay Thai as a martial arts discipline makes use of the body parts for weapons. The parts of the body which are the head, elbow, fists, feet, and knee comprise the Na-wa arwud. However, in these days, Muay Thai fights no longer permit the fighter to use the head. In attacking and defending, the fighter employs a little quantity of grappling or that which is known as The Clinch.

The techniques of Muay Thai are divided into two categories—the Luk Mai or that which is known as the Minor techniques and the Mae Mai or the Major techniques. The very reason why Muay Thai is held to be distinct from the other variants of martial arts is because it utilizes the whole body movement while the hip can either be rotated fully or partially for every block, kick, and punch executed.It requires a high level of physical fitness in order to do it well, If you are pursuing qualifications as a physical education teacher or coach at university , the more sports and martial arts you experience the more knowledgeable you will be. Step up to the challenge that Muay Thai presents, test yourself!

The punching techniques include the straight punch, swing, hook, upper cut, spinning back fist, cobra punch, upper cut, and the over head punch. Judges add less to the scores of the Muay Thai fighters who often use the punches as they are less powerful.

The elbow techniques
are the elbow slash, upper cut elbow, horizontal elbow, forward elbow thrust, spinning elbow, reverse horizontal elbow, elbow chop, mid air elbow strike, and the double elbow chop.

The kicking techniques are the nutcracker kick, straight kick, diagonal kick, roundhouse kick, spinning kick, axe hill kick, half spin half knee kick, jump kick, and step up kick. The most commonly used though are the kick and the foot jab.

The knee techniques
include the straight knee strike, diagonal knee strike, horizontal knee strike, curving knee strike, knee slap, flying knee strike, step up knee strike, small knee strike, and the knee bomb.

Meanwhile the foot techniques are the sideways foot thrust, straight foot thrust, reverse foot thrust, slapping foot thrust, and the jumping foot thrust.

Muay Thai is one sport that requires a fighter’s adaptability, stamina, and strength.

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HOW TO CHOOSE BOXING GLOVES

Posted in Muay Thai Gears on July 11th, 2008

When you want to start boxing, the prior equipment or gear that you need to have is a pair of boxing gloves. However, which one you ought to buy, since there are lots and lots of boxing gloves you can choose in the market.

We want to guide you how to pick a perfect pair of gloves! First you need to know how important they are. Boxing gloves, crucially important in boxing, are made and used to protect your hands and wrists and also to safe your opponent’s life.

It is very significant to find the gloves that perfectly fit your hands. Let’s take a look at our quick guide below.

The most importantly, they must be made of great quality materials. There are many of cool looking gloves with really low price sole in many shops. But they might not be as good or have very short life. So, you have to understand that if you could spend a little extra money, you will get a BETTER pair of gloves with a LONGER lifetime of use. Just remember that you will get what you want for what you pay for.

There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before buying yourself boxing gloves.

First, ask yourself what you need them for. It’s because there are different kinds of gloves made for different purposes. For example, Muay Thai gloves have more flexibility than other boxing gloves because in Muay Thai, the fighter needs to have the ability to use his hands to grab his opponent to do the knee strikes.

Second, what do you want to use them with? Are you using them with a heavy bag or with a speed bag? There are gloves for each of them. If you are practicing with heavy bag, you will need a thicker pair of gloves.

Then, how about if you need them to compete in the ring? Then you must also consider their weight. The lighter, the better! You don’t want to waste too much energy throwing a punch with that heavy glove.

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Thai Boxing Gloves picture from MuayThaiArt.com

That leads to the last, in case you need them for training, a bit heavy gloves will be better. They will help you gain muscles and power.

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Muay Thai training bag Gloves picture from MuayThaiArt.com

Now it’s time to pick the right ones for you. If you go through any sport shops, you will find it’s hard to pick ones since there are too many to choose from. Once you’ve already answered those questions, we’d like to guide you a bit about the size that will suit you the most.

“The bigger gloves the heavier they are” is not always true. You can also choose the right size that perfectly fit your hands with the weight you want. Like I said above, different weights mean different uses.

General sizes are S, M, L and XL ranging in different weights from 8 oz. to 20 oz. depending on each manufacturer. Lots of time you will only see the weights, not the size. So just keep in mind that Small means 12 oz. Medium is 14 oz. and Large is 16 oz.

A pro fighter normally uses 8 – 10 oz. gloves with the size that absolutely fits his hands. In addition, you can find 10 oz. gloves in S, M, and L.

If you get a chance to try putting on the gloves before you buy them, which would be great, DON’T forget to bring your hand wraps! Wrap your hands first before trying the gloves. You don’t want to feel too tight or too loose because that could hurt your hands and wrists instead of keeping them safe.

NOTE: A newly bought gloves could be a bit tight, but they will stretch a bit just like shoes. So when you first try them with your hand wrap before buying, you have to choose the one that a little bit tight, instead of the perfectly fit because after a while they will be just perfect once they’ve stretched.

HAND WRAPS

Posted in Muay Thai Gears on July 11th, 2008

Why is it so important to wrap your hands before putting your boxing gloves on? Hand wraps, the second most important gear apart from gloves, are used to keep your hands and wrist safe.

In some type of boxing, only use hand wraps as the only protection, which is called “Bounded Fist Boxing”, but it is much more dangerous and deadly than any other types that use gloves. Why?

Hand wraps can helps shielding your bones and tendons, and holding your wrists and thumbs. Bounded Fist Boxing is dangerous enough. I don’t have to mention what it would be like, bare bones hitting someone’s face.

Good hand wraps should be made of good quality of elastic material that will shape your hands and also can let air through. Cotton made is recommended. The generally lengths are 120” and 170”.

Which one you need that would depend on the size of your hands and you boxing gloves. Smaller size might be available in some shops.

Nowadays there are many types, styles and colors of hand wraps you can choose.

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Next we want to show you how to properly wrap your hands. Mark that improper use may cause more injury to your hands and wrists instead of protecting them.

Here is our step-by-step of how to wrap your hand. Remember that you can use any other methods out there that most suit you.

First hold your hand out, face it downward and soothingly stretch out your fingers. Start by placing the thumb loop around your thumb. Make sure which side is up and down, some wraps have “this side up” written on it. And do not twist the wrap during the whole process.

Then wrap it across the back of your hand and go around your wrist a couple times high enough to hold your wrist well. Do not wrap your hand too tight to blog your blood circulation.

After that, bring it transverse the back of your hand and go around your palm, and then around your knuckles a few times. From the knuckles, cross the back of your hand to wrap around your wrist again making “X”. Repeat the “X” a few more times.

From your wrist, now it’s time to start wrapping around each finger, starting with the thumb. Wrap around your thumb and go on top of the back of your hand again to your wrist and go around your wrist. Repeat that one more time before you do the same with the rest of the fingers in order. Index, middle, ring and pinky.

Then from your wrist, again wrap around your knuckles. Finish this by wrapping your wrist and fasten your wrap’s hook.

You can alternate the times you wrap in some steps above. It might seem hard for the first time, wrapping your hands also need practice.

Before we go, here are some last tips:

  1. Always feel comfortable with your wraps on. You must rewrap again, if it’s too tight or too loose.

  2. We suggest you to have at least 2 pairs of hand wraps so you will always have one when the other is being washed.

  3. If our instruction is not clear enough, you might want to follow your trainer for the first time step-by-step. Bear in mind that a proper use is really essential.

You can check out hand wrap for many different choices of hand wraps come with hooks and loops that is very easy to use with such a reasonable price.

Boxing Shorts

Posted in Muay Thai Gears on July 11th, 2008

Are you looking for Boxing Shorts and also having troubles choosing which ones you ought to buy? Actually there are no rules or anything. You can choose from normal sport shorts until professional muay thai boxing shorts.

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Muay Thai shorts picture from www.muaythaisport.com

The differences are the material that is used to cut the shorts. For example, Nylon, Cotton, Polyester Blend and Satin.

Which one you want is really up to you. They all have advantages and disadvantages. But let’s just say that it’s all about feeling when you where them; some people might not like the smoothness of the Satin along their legs.

However, the shorts have to have Elastic Waist band with tie down, or you might prefer drawstring inside or outside to allow you to adjust the waist size yourself. That also depends on what you like most.

One more thing, most boxing shorts today should be machine washable. No one really wash their cloths by hands anymore. The prices are not that different except you are looking for brand name products.

Now, once you wear kickboxing shorts, you should feel the comfort and the freedom of movement.

Muay Thai boxing shorts that are popular made in Thailand mostly made of 100% Satin and wide-leg designed because they will allow you to move freely as fast as you can without any disturbing to your legs. And even though they are so thin fabric, they are of course machine washable.

Here is our men’s kickboxing shorts size guide:

Standard size equivalents (inches)

Standard size equivalents

In Thailand, there are many Muay Thai factories that manufacture Muay Thai shorts, such as, Twins Special, Raja Boxing, ThaiSmai, and Windy.

They have made many styles of shorts with lots of choices of coolest Muay Thai logo. Or many places also allow you to custom your own boxing shorts, so you can have the ones that you truly desire.