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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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UFC Ring-Girl Logan Stanton Interview

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Logan Stanton is the newest, freshest UFC ring-girl from Niceville, FL. And nice she is!

Ever made it to Thailand? If not, what’s your idea of it?
No I haven’t but I would LOVE to go. I’m fascinated with their culture!

What was a typical day’s schedule when you moved to Miami alone?
Lets see.. I’d roll out of bed around 9 or 10 (depending on what kind of trouble I got into the night before), go for a run on the boardwalk, go to a couple castings, meet my friends on the beach for a few hours, grab lunch at Lime (my favorite spot in Miami) and then go out that night. It’s a rough lifestyle but somebody has to do it icon wink UFC Ring Girl Logan Stanton Interview

Have you ever tried Muay Thai or Kickboxing?
I haven’t, but since getting involved with the UFC I would love to try it.
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Favourite Muay Thai style fighter?
I don’t have a favorite yet

Do you prefer watching a stand-up or a ground game fight?
Definitely a stand-up.

What perks come with working for the biggest MMA organization in the world?
Great seats! Haha seriously though.. I’ve always wanted to travel and I’ve done more traveling in these past 3 months than I have done in my entire life. I’ve also met some amazing people.

Did you watch any MMA before being a ring girl?
I watched UFC quite a bit actually.

You have a killer body, how’s your nutrition? Ever been on a diet?
Thank you! I think I eat pretty healthy for the most part. I love to work out which actually motivates me to eat better. Although.. I do love my sweets!

Now for some quick-fire ones:

What is sexier? An MMA fighter or a humorous guy?
A humorous guy. I love it when a guy can make me laugh
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You a Mac or PC?

iPhone or Blackberry?
iPhone. I’ll admit that I do miss my Blackberry at times though.. Like when Arianny’s BBM is going off in the dressing room.

Partying or chilling?
Chilling. Although when I do feel like partying I prefer a house party to a club.

Rock or Pop?
Neither. I listen to mostly R&B or Country.

CSI Miami or CSI Las Vegas?
Miami. Even though I find David Caruso a LITTLE creepy..


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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Saenchai Sor Kingstar Q&A Video

The time has come.

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Saenchai kicking the bag

Thank you to those of you that asked a question in the Saenchai interview questions post! Most of them have been answered, although I had to paraphrase quite a bit and some questions were totally omitted as we believe that Saenchai didn’t answer them with much interest or we kind of veered off somewhere else. So my apologies if your questions didn’t get in, or they were asked in a completely different way.

The clips of the training are shot in HD and the video of the epic fight at Lumpini are all exclusive and belong solely to TalkMuayThai.com. They are a mix between the fight of Saenchai vs. Petchboonchu and his training before the fight. As you may already know, he had to drop 10kgs to be in the same weight-class as Petchboonchu.

Once again, the questions were not mine, they were from the people that have taken the time to post their queries in an earlier post.

Saenchai Sor Kingstar Q&A
Note: Apologies for a slight misspelling of his name. Was noticed post-editing.

Hope you liked it! Stay tuned for the next world-class fighter we’ll showcase. For those that missed asking a question this time, make sure you get them in for next time!

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Saenchai vs. Petchboonchu

April 3rd 2009, Lumpini.

Wow. What an amazing fight! I was lucky enough to get to be in Saenchai’s corner and catch it all on video, although being in the corner doesn’t really help once they get into a position where I can’t film. But it’s the best I could do!

Lumpini stadium was on fire tonight! It’s awesome to be able to watch a fight live and it’s also amazing to be part of the entourage! Hopefully there’s more to come!

The main talking point about tonight’s fight was that Saenchai (arguably the best pound for pound Muay Thai fighter in the world) had to shed off 10kg’s to fight Petchboonchu. At the weigh-in, he was initially 2kg’s overweight, but managed it and got fighting.

Were any of you reading this there? Do share!

Anyway, I’ve talked too much, here’s the video!
Saenchai vs. Petchboonchu Part 1

Saenchai vs. Petchboonchu Part 2

Bonus: Here’s a pic I took in the gentlemen’s restroom area (where the nak muays change and prepare). It reads “No punishing Nak Muays”. Gulp icon sad Saenchai vs. Petchboonchu I guess back in the day, losing was a crappy deal. Lose on stage, then get physical harm backstage as well!

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What goes into Muay Thai Sparring?

When it comes to Muay Thai training, sparring is an essential element. This may be the most important part of your training because it is when you get to put all of your practice and techniques to good use. Most people love the sparring process because it actually allows them to get into the ring with somebody else. It is fun to train, but it does not get much better than sparring.

Through sparring you can decide what is working for you, which techniques need more polishing, and much more. You never really know what type of fighter you are going to be and what will work best until you step into the ring and try out your techniques on a sparring partner.

As a fighter, it is important to use all of the moves you practice when sparring. Remember, this is not a real right. You are more or less practicing with somebody who is trying to help you become a better fighter. For this reason, you should feel comfortable using all of your moves so you can determine where you are excelling and what needs more work when you get back to training.
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Of course, Muay Thai sparring can also help you build confidence. By sparring on a regular basis you will feel much more confident and comfortable with yourself when you finally step into the ring with a true competitor.

Finally, Muay Thai sparring is a controlled activity in which you are not trying to hurt your partner. Instead, you should be using light contact to ensure your sparring partner’s safety. Your goal is to learn more about yourself as a fighter so you can develop your Muay Thai skills in the best way possible.

As one of the most important aspects of Muay Thai training, you should not take sparring lightly.

Anyone been sparring before? How did it go?

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