By Sean Fagan
Are you looking to get fit and learn a new skill at the same time? Look no further than Muay Thai, the ancient martial art of Thailand. Known for its powerful strikes, grappling techniques, and intense conditioning, Muay Thai is a great way to get your heart pumping and your muscles working. And the best part? Anyone can learn the basics with a little bit of practice and dedication.
Here are some of the basic techniques you can expect to learn in a typical Muay Thai class:
The most basic strikes in Muay Thai are jabs and crosses. These punches are thrown with the lead hand (the hand closest to your opponent) and the rear hand (the hand farthest from your opponent), respectively. To throw a jab, extend your lead hand straight out in front of you, keeping your elbow tucked in and your other hand guarding your chin. To throw a cross, pivot your rear foot, shift your weight onto your lead foot, and throw your rear hand in a straight line towards...
Let’s answer the first and most important question:
Why not study boxing? Why not savate? Why not Dutch-style kickboxing? Why not Kyokushin karate?
Here's your answer:
It's because Muay Thai, specifically Thai Muay Thai, is easily the most complete and effective striking art on the planet.
Muay Thai is also known as The Art of Eight Limbs, and the Thais are absolute masters of each and every limb. Thais are also the masters of the clinch, which feels like an entire martial art on its own.
You’ve no doubt seen Anderson Silva’s execution of Rich Franklin using the “Thai clinch,” more accurately called the “double collar tie.” That clinch is actually only one small part of and is really a beginner’s technique in the vast ocean of Muay Thai clinching. But what have the Thais done to earn such a reputation?
THE MOST FEARSOME THAI KICKBOXER EVER
These are the best beginner Muay Thai sparring tips that will help you avoid getting your nose broken and spirits demoralized the first time you decide to step into the ring.
Since I’m the guy who had his nose broken and spirits demoralized his first sparring session, I want to help you avoid that at all costs because it SUCKS!
Check out this 10 step beginner checklist on how to spar during your first session(s):
#1. Make Sure Your Kru/Instructor Approves
Don’t be that asshole who steps into a first sparring session without permission. Chances are you haven’t sparred yet because your instructor feels like you are not ready. And guess what? If your instructor thinks you are not ready, you are NOT ready.
Not only is this for your safety but it’s for your training partners safety too. There has been way too many times I’ve...