Muay Thai Martial Arts

‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ is what the Thai name for Muay Thai Martial Arts means. This refers to the eight points of speak to mainly used: hands, feet, elbows and knees. These are employed for strikes and punches. A fighter who utilizes Muay Thai is referred to as a ‘Nak Muay’ and Westerners who use this style of fighting are known as ‘Nak Muay Farang’ [‘farang’ meaning ‘foreign’].

Muay Thai records go back 400 years, but it is believed to have been about a lot longer than that. Possibly about a thousand years. It is believed to have developed as a self defence for soldiers in warfare who had lost their weapons in the course of the fighting. Gradually the abilities refined and have been used to entertain the rulers and spectators at festivals, and from there it was a brief step to becoming a competitive sport with guidelines.

The instruction for this sport involves body conditioning to boost fitness and toughness. It contains physique weight and weight training, shadow boxing, skipping rope training, resistance and running. A Thai herbal liniment to decrease inflammation and help circulation is applied right after instruction. This is named ‘Namman Muay’.

There two forms of the sport. ‘Mae Mai’ is the significant approach, and ‘Luk Mai’ the minor technique. In Mae Mai, a blow from a single fighter is followed by a blow from his opponent, in turn. This style is no longer in favour in modern fighting and today the ‘Luk Mai’ style is much more generally utilized.

There are guidelines and certain attack and defence moves allowed with every single of the ‘eight limbs’. They are the punch, the elbow, the kick, the knee and the foot jab, as effectively as the clinches. The ‘wall of attack’ and blocking is as essential in Muay Thai as the offensive strategies.

The punch or ‘chok’ consists of:

* Jab

* Hook

* Swing

* Spinning backfist

* Upper cut

* Cobra

The Elbow ‘Ti Sok’ involves:

* Elbow Slash

* Horizontal Elbow

* Uppercut Elbow

* Forward Elbow Thrust

* Reverse Horizontal Elbow

* Spinning Elbow

* Elbow Chop

* Double Elbow Chop

* Mid air Elbow Strike

The Kick ‘Te’

* Straight Kick

* Roundhouse Kick

* Diagonal Kick

* Half-Shin Half Knee Kick

* Spinning Heel Kick

* Down Roundhouse Kick

* Axe Heel Kick

* Jump Kick

* Step up Kick

The Knee ‘Ti Khao’

* Straight Knee Strike

* Diagonal Knee Strike

* Curving Knee Strike

* Horizontal Knee Strike

* Knee Slap

* Knee Bomb

* Flying Knee

* Step up Knee Strike

The Foot Jab ‘Thip’

* Straight Foot Thrust

* Sideways Foot Thrust

* Reverse Foot Thrust

* Slapping Foot Thrust

* Jumping Foot Thrust

As opposed to boxing, the clinch is allowed, and four sorts of clinch are often utilised.

* Arm Clinch

* Side Clinch

* Low Clinch

* Swan neck Clinch

In the West, awareness has been produced of the sport via several extremely well-liked martial arts films and Tv.

Many of the Muay Thai moves have been incorporated into modern day day Mixed Martial Arts.