Muay Thai Traditional Techniques

Posted by Tom on May 4, 2009 in Techniques, Training |

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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Dennis Ambat
Jul 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm

How hard does one have to train to be able to block a kick with your lower leg or shin?

Nov 25, 2010 at 4:44 pm

I’m sure a month, you’ll be able to get into the grove and start blocking kicks on instinct.



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