Muay Thai Techniques

Posted by Tom on Mar 21, 2009 in 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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Mar 31, 2009 at 3:30 am

Could you describe the different elbows, knees, and kicks that you name in this article. For instance, what is a Sok Ku? Outside of Thailand most of us don’t know the Thai names to these techniques.

Mar 31, 2009 at 5:28 am

Sure thing. After I post our first filming of the 13 coins camp, I’ll go ahead and make a glossary of the terms used here. How’s that sound?

Apr 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Any videos you can find on Youtube and can post would be helpful

Apr 8, 2009 at 9:06 pm

There’s a great series of clips of basic techniques, you can see them under ‘related videos’:

Apr 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I would suggest going to a Muay Thai school to learn technique. YouTube videos are great for idea but you need a coach to tell you, “hey turn that hip more”, step like this when elbow striking.

May 2, 2009 at 10:34 am

Yup! Nothing beats a trainer physically touching you and showing you the correct movement.

Jun 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

Sok Ku (Sok-Elbow, Ku-Dual/double) is a double elbow strike. Normal used if ur opponent attempts a clinch, Sok Ku can be performed aiming for the shoulder of ur oppenent. But there are many forms of Sok Ku, eg, it can also be performed as an upwards strike aiming for the chest

Jun 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

PS. U didnt mention one of my favourite kicking techniques in ur list about…Tae Dtrong (Straight Kick) a front kick aimed at ur opponents chin. Great site nonetheless.

Sep 9, 2012 at 3:37 am

i wuold like wacth Muay thai if have Muay thai the best tell me now



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