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50 Muay Thai Kicks in 22 Seconds

You guys have all probably seen this a while ago, but I had to share it again in case anyone didn’t get to see it.

 
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Muay Thai Traditional Techniques

There are many traditional techniques that are used when practicing Muay Thai. In its earliest form, this form of fighting consisted of the use of nine weapons. They include: fists, knees, elbows, the head, and feet. In today’s day and age, head butting is no longer allowed during Muay Thai competitions, both amateur and professional. That being said, the other eight weapons are still used extensively, and make up a large portion of Muay Thai fighting. Although, if the trainer wants to teach the head-butt, by all means take a stab at it! You never know when there might be a street fight.
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There are two subcategories of Muay Thai traditional techniques. They are Luk Mai, or minor techniques, and Mae Mai, or major techniques. It is important for a fighter to be skilled in both subcategories to ensure an equal balance of offensive and defensive moves.

Of course, self-defence is always a useful skill, but there’s no harm in teaching a balanced range of moves. Whether you’re looking to gain new martial arts skills, or you’re researching a particular culture for a course at an online university, you’ll gain so much out of this course. All it takes is a little self-confidence, an eager attitude to new skills, and the willingness to commit to learning Muay Thai.

Stand up fighters often times turn to Muay Thai traditional techniques to improve their chance of winning. The Thai style of Muay Thai features each fighter landing punches one after the next. But in the Western World, thanks to the increasing popularity of mixed martial arts, this is not so much the case. Instead, these fighters have taken the hand striking techniques of Muay Thai and use them in a more traditional “boxing manner.”

Almost every type of traditional technique of Muay Thai uses the entire body. For instance, a hand strike involves not only a punch but also the rotating of the hips to ensure maximum force. In fact, you’ll want to work on your core as much as possible as it is the main driving force to most of the damage inflicted. This is true in almost all sports, from golfing to discus throwing.

As you can see, Muay Thai traditional techniques are still common but are advancing as this method of fighting spreads throughout the world. But no matter what type of fighting takes place, when you look back to the roots, Muay Thai is where it all began.

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Muay Thai Fighting: Are you an Amateur or Pro?

If you are interested in Muay Thai fighting you can get started no matter your background or vision for the future. Simply put, you don’t have to be anybody special to get started with Muay Thai fighting. That being said, you need to be devoted to the craft and have an idea of what you want to accomplish in the future.

You can be a Muay Thai amateur or become a professional. Either way, the good thing is that you are practicing your craft and doing something that you love. Many people stick to amateur status because this gives them the chance to fight on an on-again off-again basis. In other words, amateurs do not have to be as serious as professionals fighters; even though they often times are.

If you are interested in Muay Thai fighting because you want to become a professional you are not alone. More and more professional fighters are incorporating Muay Thai into their technique. While most of them are not using “straight Muay Thai fighting” they are falling back on some traditional techniques as a way of bettering their odds in the ring. This is also known as mixed martial arts or MMA, where the fighter incorporates more than one fighting discipline.

Just because you are practicing Muay Thai does not mean that you ever have to get into the ring and use it in a real match. This is up to you, and you need to make up your mind on how far you want to take your love of this Thai national sport.
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You can get involved with Muay Thai fighting as a hobby, as an amateur, or to eventually become a professional. No matter what you decide on you are sure to have a good time.

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Muay Thai Techniques

Understanding the basic techniques of Muay Thai is not as hard as many beginners believe. This does not mean that you will become a Muay Thai expert overnight, but the basic techniques can be learned and implemented with the proper practice and devotion.

Some of the most common Muay Thai techniques are listed and detailed below:

1. Punches. Once you learn the many Muay Thai punch techniques you will know how to effectively use your fists for both strikes and defense. There are five types of punches that fit this technique. They include: hook, jab, straight punch, swing, and uppercut.

2. Elbows. Using the elbows to defend and beat opponents is an important part of Muay Thai. There are eight types of elbow techniques including: Sok Ku, Sok Klab, Sok Sab, Sok Tong, Sok Hud, Sok Chieng, Sok Tad, and Sok Ti.

3. Knees. Just as the elbows are an important part of Muay Thai, the same holds true for the knees. The seven categories of Muay Thai knee techniques include: Kao Tone, Kao Loi, Kao Dode, Kao Lod, Kao Nui, Kao La, and Kao Kratai.
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4. Kicks. There are five types of Muay Thai kicks categorized as: Tae Tad, Tae Pub Nai, Tae Pub Nok, Tae Chiang, and Tae Kod.

As you can see, there is a lot to learn if you are interested in Muay Thai. These Muay Thai techniques may appear difficult to learn on the surface, but once you are devoted to the craft you will find yourself catching on at an astonishing pace. When you have mastered these basics you can move onto move advanced movements which put together several techniques to make you a more skilled fighter.

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