What is Muay Thai? Effective Muay Thai fighting techniques

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai aka Thai Kickboxing is a martial art that originates from Thailand. It is a full-contact combat sport that utilizes eight points of contact: fists, legs (shins to be more precise), elbows and knees.

That makes it unique from most other stand up fighting styles like Boxing with two points of contact or Kung Fu and Taekwondo that makes use of four points of contact.

Another technique that gives Muay Thai fighter a great advantage over most other stand-up fighting style adepts are neck wrestling and clinch techniques.

Muay Thai fighter can control and maintain the distance with an arsenal of kicks and punches. Whenever the opportunity arises, he can quickly close-up the gap and fight in a clinch.
From this position, a fighter can deliver elbows and devastating knees to the opponent's body.

As you can see Thai Kickboxing has a very powerful and straightforward set of techniques that one can use not only in the ring but also for self-defense.

A guide to Muay Thai aka Thai Kickboxing

Why is it smart to learn Muay Thai?

The answer is simple: because it works!

The effectiveness of Thai kickboxing is the main reason why it is used widely in major mixed martial arts competitions, including the UFC, and a lot of top fighters use it for their advantage.

Fighters like Jose Aldo, Anderson "The Spider" Silva or Joanna Jedrzejczyk utilize Thai Boxing as their main stand-up striking style. An inside leg kick is one of the most commonly used strikes in MMA and all those elbow strikes can be traced back to Muay Thai too.

Another great thing about it is that it keeps you in great shape. An intense Muay Thai training puts huge esteem on body conditioning. And Muay Thai workouts concentrate on shaping your body and developing your muscles especially core [abs], arms, and legs.

Muay Thai is a quickly growing in popularity because it is a no-nonsense fighting system developed from an ancient army combat system: Muay Boran.

How effective is Muay Thai in a street fight?

Thai Kickboxing is very effective for self-defense for many reasons:

  • It keeps you in a great physical shape which is crucial in this kind of situation and allows you to enforce your fight pace.
  • It provides you with simple, straightforward fighting techniques that you can use in a real fight.
  • The main training tool in Thai kickboxing is sparring, which is the best way of learning new skills and getting instant feedback. It also prepares you to fight with a real opponent.
  • It gives you a set of powerful weapons - like elbow strikes - which can be used in both: attack and defense.

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