MUAY THAI KICKBOXING
Muay Thai is a striking martial art – also known as Thai Boxing and Thai Kickboxing – and a system of fighting often referred to as “the art of eight limbs” due to its use of shins, knees, fists, and elbows to strike.
Popular in Southeast Asia for hundreds of years, Muay Thai still has a huge following in Thailand with frequent full-contact ring matches.
Muay Thai has been gaining in popularity outside of Southeast Asia as a result of its versatility and usefulness in Mixed Martial Arts competitions such as the Ultimate Fighting Championships. Along with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai has become an MMA staple for many serious fighters.
Unlike other forms of boxing and kickboxing, where action usually stops in clinch situations, Muay Thai lets the action continue while knees and elbows deliver vicious blows. The common criticism of many striking arts is that they can be nullified in a clinch; not the case with Muay Thai.
Muay Thai fighters, similar to western boxers, are well conditioned, able to go 5 three minute non-stop rounds. So, one can expect Muay Thai training to be intense. Muay Thai Training and drills involve lots of bag and pad work usually done in intervals or circuits, as well as running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises.