Muay Thai or Thai boxing is also called “the art of eight limbs”. It doesn’t just focus on punches or kicks but combines them with elbows and knees to create an infinite range of combinations that can be used to engage your opponent. Today, the blocks and strikes of Muay Thai are often used in the kickboxing ring and/or MMA as both sports have adopted Muay Thai as a staple of training.
One of the many things that sets Muay Thai apart from other striking styles is the use of the clinch. Whilst many other styles such as pure kickboxing and western boxing separate fighters when they begin to grab one another, in Muay Thai the competitors will grab the back of their opponents’ necks and utilize knee strikes to the midsection. Consistent and effective use of elbow strikes is also something that sets Muay Thai apart from many other martial arts styles.
Muay Thai is one of the older martial arts that includes all aspects of striking – punching, kicking, elbows & knees. Its the ultimate ring sport with a long standing tradition.
Muay Thai practitioners are relentlessly and tirelessly drilled in the art of Muay Thai through gruelling circuits & workouts making them one of the most conditioned athletes in stand up combat.
Muay Thai is a very specifically designed martial art & combat system that offers many ways of implementing the 8 limbs – fists, elbows, knees & legs. All in all its a beautiful martial art to view & participate in.