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ASHE MOHAMMED

Muay Thai

 

The furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks, powerful grappling and artful feints. Welcome to the exciting world of Muay Thai, a martial art like no others.


Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of the Eight Limbs", as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in Western boxing and "four points" (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts. Muay Thai distinguishes itself from western kickboxing and other standup martial arts by 3 things: the clinch, the Thai low kick and the Thai roundhouse. Muay Thai has lost none of its exotic appeal and even mystique.

 

 

 

Cross-fertilization with Western boxing and western martial arts mean the full range of western boxing punches are now used: jab, straight right/cross, hook, uppercut, shovel and corkscrew punches and overhands as well as hammer fists and back fists. As a tactic, body punching is used less in Muay Thai than most other striking martial arts to avoid exposing the attacker's head to counter strikes from knees or elbows.

 

The elbow can be used in several ways as a striking weapon: horizontal, diagonal-upwards, diagonal-downwards, uppercut, downward, backward-spinning and flying. From the side it can be used as either a finishing move or as a way to cut the opponent's eyebrow so that blood might block his vision.

 

The round house kick is attempted by the opponent the Muay Thai fighter will normally check the kick, that is he will block the kick with his own shin. Thai boxers are trained to always connect with the shin. While sensitive in an unconditioned practitioner, the shin is the strongest part of the leg for experienced Muay Thai fighters. The foot contains many fine bones and is much weaker. A fighter may end up hurting himself if he tries to strike with his foot or instep.Muay Thai also includes other varieties of kicking, such as the axe kick, side kick or spinning back kick etc

 

One of Muay Thai’s most powerful weapons is the knee. Knee strikes include Straight Knee Strike Diagonal Knee Strike Curving Knee Strike Horizontal Knee Strike Knee Slap Knee Bomb Jumping Knee Step-Up Knee Strike. It is often in the clinch where knee and elbow techniques are used In a episode of Fight Science, martial artists performed and tested their most powerful kicks with a crash test dummie and scientist testing their power, the kicks including were the karate side kick, kung fu flying double kick and taekwondo spinning back kick, the last one was the Muay Thai Knee Strike performed by Melchor Menor, a Muay Thai champion tested his Knee Strike which in terms of force, power, damage and chest depression, inflicted the most out of all of the other techniques

 

Training regimens include many staples of combat sport conditioning such as running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training.

 

Muay Thai is still the fighting art to beat. The fighting art that defeats all challenges from Kung Fu, Karate, Tae kwan do and the latest kickboxing fashions. They have all come to Thailand, not just once but many times and from many places to test themselves. Thai Boxing is also becoming increasingly popular outside of Thailand. It has its enthusiasts and practitioners in the Americas, Australia, Japan, Europe, as well as in many other countries around the world.