Muay Thai is a martial art form practiced throughout the world and has recently gained popularity as a staple style for mixed martial artists. If you’ve ever been curious about Muay Thai, here are some quick facts to get you up to speed.
History: Muay Thai is often called “The Art of Eight Limbs” because the goal is to hone each of your limbs into a weapon. The martial art originated during the 16th century with the fighter Nai Khanomtom and was initially known as Siamese style boxing.
Training: Muay Thai employs a variety of training techniques including running, jump rope and strength training. Because shin strikes are popular, many fighters harden their shins by repeatedly kicking a heavy bag. Striking can be practiced on pads that cover the instructor’s forearms- often referred to as Thai pads. Muay Thai includes punches, elbow strikes, knee, kicks, clinches and holds, and methods of defense such as blocking, redirecting and dodging. All of these are learned and practiced by fighters.
Competitions: A variety of competitions exists ranging from amateur to professional levels. Many fighters who study Muay Thai are also MMA fighters and may compete in both.
Gear: Boxing gloves, hand wraps, knee and elbow pads, head gear and mouth piece are standard gear for Muay Thai. Because it is a contact sport, the use of safety gear is definitely a priority for fighters and trainers alike.
Should I try it? If you are curious about Muay Thai in Los Angeles, I highly recommend trying it. The martial art is also a great, dynamic work out and teaches patience and discipline. Many students are welcoming and excited to share the martial art they love with someone new; so even if you learn Los Angeles has many places that teach Muay Thai and it won’t be hard to find a place near you!
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