Muay Thai is a combat sport with origins in Thailand. It utilizes techniques of stand-up boxing and fighting along with various clinching and striking techniques. It is a physical and mental martial art which involves combat on foot and is known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because Muay Thai combat relies on the use of fists, elbows, knees, feet, and shins. In Muay Thai, opponents exchange blows with each other using full body movement to punch, kick, elbow and block.
A TYPICAL CLASS
Muay Thai Kickboxing classes usually begins with warm-up activities such as jumping rope or calisthenics. Stretching is also essential in Muay Thai as all muscle groups will be used. Because Muay Thai is called the “Art of Eight Limbs” and relies on the use of many body parts including, fists, elbows, knees, feet, and shins, there are many different types of exercises students may learn and practice during a class.
Classes may involve students learning boxing techniques, requiring them at times to focus on footwork, balance and punching.
At other times, class activities may focus on a series of exercises involving kicking, knees, elbows, and clinching.
Students are often given an opportunity to practice some of the techniques learned with a partner. Finally, there is a cool down period and stretching before students bow out.