Muay Thai – Thai Boxing and Children

Known by many as Thai Boxing, Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is avidly watched and followed by much of the population of the country.

This form of ‘hard martial art’ is not only a sport but is considered to be a form of entertainment, and makes for a fun night out for many visitors to Thailand who have never seen a Muay Thai fight before.

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is an ancient martial art that has its origins hundreds of years ago. Throughout the centuries the sport has changed and evolved somewhat; different forms of the sport have developed over the years from the origins of Muay Boran (ancient boxing) into the form of Thai boxing that we see today.

As well as being a sport, Thai boxing has been a form of warfare as well. Armies were trained in the art of Muay Thai in order to protect kings, and with a history like this you can easily see how it has become such a highly regarded sport in Thailand!

How does Muay Thai differ from Western boxing?

Nowadays boxers do not use their bare hands as they used to, but have gloves very similar to those used in Western boxing. Obviously punching is utilized, though the gloves and the punching are where the similarities between these two types of boxing end!

Muay Thai is often referred to as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ because eight parts of the body are used by Muay Thai boxers – both hands, elbows, knees and shins are all used. This contrasts to Western boxing where there are just two limbs, or two points of contact – the fists.

For each point of contact there are many different moves that the Thai boxer can use, making this an interesting and quite technical sport, and one that is often learnt from an early age. Children regularly compete for titles and while it is often the children who draw the larger crowds, some Western visitors may find that watching such young children fighting goes against their values and beliefs.

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There’s no doubt that watching an evening of Muay Thai is great entertainment and if there’s a competition on while you’re visiting Thailand you should try to get along and watch a couple of rounds at least, after all, this is the country’s national sport!

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Despite the entertainment value some tourists may find it just a little too controversial when young children, including girls, take to the ring and start punching and kicking each other! This isn’t something you would expect to see in the Western world after all, and can leave some tourists a little shocked. Why would their parents push them into a dangerous sport at such a young age? Are they being exploited so that parents and trainers can make money out of them?
These are the kind of questions that run through many visitors’ minds, but there are both pros and cons to children competing in Muay Thai.

Arguments in favor of children competing in Muay Thai

Though it may be controversial, there are actually many advantages to children competing in Muay Thai. Here are just a few…

Although Thailand is an emerging economy there are still many people here who struggle to make ends meet, working long hours for little money. By starting training at a young age and becoming successful, children can win competitions that can help pay for their upbringing, providing food, clothes, books and more which might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

Education is compulsory up to and including Grade 9 so young children should not be missing any school to train and fight, however, if they become successful at the sport they can continue competing into their teens and adulthood, providing them with a reasonable income.

Child boxers train extensively for their matches. Rarely do injuries occur when the children are so well trained in defense and agility.

With all the training they do, child boxers are kept very fit and healthy, probably much more so than other Thai children.

Arguments against children competing in Muay Thai

The advantages sound good, but opponents will argue that there are many disadvantages too, such as that the children are being exploited by greedy parents; it is dangerous; they should be enjoying their childhood etc etc, and while these are valid points they don’t necessarily apply to all child Thai boxers.

Some children may be being exploited, but others are merely being encouraged because a parent or a trainer could see the potential in them. It might be wrong to encourage competition at such a young age, but this isn’t unique to Thailand – the beauty pageants for young girls in North America that are very popular with some, could be argued as exploitation by others, so is Thai boxing really all that different?

Make up your own mind by going along to one of the Muay Thai evenings the next time you’re in Fort Worth, Texas!

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MMA Is Good for Self Defense

Some people are training in Mixed Martial Arts or MMA because they like to compete, like to fight or because they like to get in good workouts.

Others though, are training MMA to learn self-defense. When they practice to fight they are learning tips and techniques that will help them defend themselves, if they where ever to get into trouble.

Avoiding a bad situation is the best course of action for anyone. However, there are many times in life that you will not be able to avoid a bad situation and if you can’t verbally defuse the situation then it will be good if you learn how to defend yourself.

MMA is good for self-defense, because of the fact that it is comprised up of many different kinds of martial arts.

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Since it is made up of many, you are better prepared to handle any situation that comes up. Jujitsu, kickboxing, wrestling, and judo are just some of the different martial arts that you learn when you learn MMA. Knowing how to do all of them is going to give you a big advantage over knowing just one.

If you were to only know how to box, you would be very good with your hands. However, you might have a problem if the person stays just outside of your hand reach or if they were able to take you down. Knowing how to kick with your legs would be of great use to you during this time.

The same can be true of knowing how to wrestle in MMA.

You might do much better if you were to only know muay Thai since they teach you how to use the eight points of your body as weapons. This means that you would be able to hurt someone with your hands, elbows, feet and knees to name a few. This would be a very good advantage to you.

The MMA problem would lie if you ended up on the ground. Not knowing how to defend yourself on the ground would lead you to some very big problems. You would be able to help yourself if you had knowledge of jujitsu.

As you see, you are setting yourself up for trouble if you only know one kind of martial arts. Learning how to do many different styles is going to help you out greatly and will enable you to defend yourself much better.

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Bobby and Mike Sparring MMA for a round during class. Great back and forth action between both fighters.

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MMA is more of a way of life and a life style that a sport. Even though awareness was lacking for a considerable amount of time regarding the role of fitness and nutrition in a martial athlete`s life, it has done wonders for those who were influenced by it.

Today, sports nutrition has developed into a science and is responsible for the increasing number of athletes pushing their performance towards excellence. Athletes become faster, stronger and able to resist injuries owing to the influence of proper nutrition and fitness. Still, the majority of MMA athletes have not taken advantage of the nutrition that has done wonders for many others.

Mixed martial arts permit a variety of strikes and tactics which are not permitted in most sport events.

Punching, grappling and kicking are part of these tactics. Here, techniques take a back seat and the stamina and strength of the body comes into play.
That is why a school of thought puts high importance to nutrition in the life of mixed martial arts athletes/MMA.

Another school of thought stresses that techniques comes first and giving undue importance to physical strength would mar the beauty and acceptability of these martial arts. They argue that these arts have been in place for many centuries and have developed into art forms. They further argue that physical strength never came into play earlier where smallish fighters could trip up heftier opponents by relying on techniques only.

But people participated in these martial arts for pride and not for monetary benefits. However, most of these mixed martial art forms have taken a commercial bend today and some are even recognized as Olympic sport events.

This has fanned competition where the fighters look forward to latch on to any minute weakness of the opponent. Physical prowess started assuming more importance. Superior techniques still win you a spar, but being stronger, faster and having quick reflexes are seen as added advantages these days.

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Carbohydrates, proteins, minerals, vitamins and anti oxidants play an important part in grooming the physique. Proper intake of these not only betters energy, they can sharpen minds too.

Fibrous carbohydrate sources like vegetables, lentils and brown rice to name a few aids performance and reduces body weight to have martial arts fitness.

Artificial nutrition supplements like Colostrum and Creatine, to name a few, are relied upon by many mixed martial arts performers to increase potency. However, these kinds of chemical supplements have their own drawbacks. Understanding one`s own body, its strengths, limitations and requirements is essential before he or she embarks upon the process of ingesting performance improving supplements.

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The Importance of Muay Thai Training

The importance of Muay Thai training when acquiring and maintaining any and all skills cannot be over stressed.

This applies to any area of human endeavor, however, in this article we will focus on the development of martial arts and combat sports skills such as Muay Thai or Mixed Martial Arts.

Human beings do not appear to have any instinctive motor responses and so any activity that we engage in, particularly pursuits that use movements that require complex motor nerve programming and the constant monitoring of external activity that will require the an alteration in response carried out by the skilled movement being performed.

This is especially important in combat sports such as Muay Thai and Mixed Martial arts where the opponent’s actions are changing constantly and rapidly.

In order to learn the skills to prepare us for these sports we must train and we must train specifically for the task that we want to engage in, whether it be for business, sport, personal development or just leisurely interest.

The body movements themselves are under constant adjustment by feedback from the balance and tactile sensors with minute, precision adjustments being made rapidly and constantly. All these responses require Muay Thai training to develop the neural pathways. These pathways must be continually reinforced because over time they deteriorate and fade.

One of the first attributes that suffers when Muay Thai training drops off is the sense of timing.

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Because the precision feedback requirements on the neuromuscular system are so precise when these pathways deteriorate, due to lack of use, the skill efficacy quickly fades again emphasizing the importance of Muay Thai training.

When learning any skill the difficulty is relative to the complexity of the skill and one thing that is very clear from experience is that you must train to acquire the ability. The higher the level of proficiency required or attained again is directly relative to the amount and quality of your training. Thus the quality of the training is another factor in determining the level of proficiency acquired.

Training is absolutely necessary in providing the knowledge required for any skill acquisition. This reduces the need to relearn a skill, strategy or way of doing something through trial allowing exponents to acquire the skills and knowledge of those that have gone before and resulting in ever greater achievements. It appears that for anyone to gain mastery in a skilled pursuit it requires 10,000 hours of practice in that pursuit and, of course, this is again dependant on the quality of the training that the practitioner undertakes and the quality of performance that they produce.

In addition training with a constant attitude of performing the very best that they can perform on the day is necessary together with an attitude of wanting to improve every time will produce very powerful and rewarding results.

One of the biggest setbacks to anyone learning is to learn a skill poorly and then try to perform it under pressure conditions, only to have it fail, and for the practitioner to either lose confidence and never attempt it again or lose belief in the value of the skill learned and so discard it.

This is a very important factor when training Muay Thai or Mixed Martial Arts. We must take the time to get the details carefully drilled and learned before subjecting the skill to a random, full competition or work demanding load.

Another factor that is evident in the importance of training, in physical endeavors, is the role it plays on improving the physical factors involved in the skills execution. Activity specific training is necessary because it strengthens the muscles and increases the cardiovascular system’s efficiency, so that energy can be delivered and wastes removed from the muscles engaged in the activity.

This improvement in physical efficiency also manifests itself in an improvement in mental function as the effects of fatigue are not felt as quickly or at the same intensity when compared with those that have a lesser degree of training. Training cuts the down the time required to make decisions; the more complex the task, and the higher the level of performance required, the quicker decisions have to be made. By training we can continually reduce the time to make decisions, increase the number of inputs that we can process, and thus increase the quality of our decisions. This results in faster and better decisions that, in turn, produce better performances.

The factors discussed in this article are not only applicable to combat sports such as Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts but also emphasize the importance of training in any knowledge based and skill requiring
activity that we engage in.

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The Key To The Best Self Defense

The combat guide tips for MMA self defense.

When it comes to the best MMA self defense methods many people have the notion that getting a black belt in some form of martial arts almost guarantees that you can defend yourself. In many cases a black belt may give you the edge or an advantage however it does not guarantee anything, in fact in some cases it can be a hindrance.

One of the challenges faced by modern martial artists, MMA included, is that most martial arts styles have been adapted for sport or competition.

Training for competitions does not prepare you for the mental and physical requirements when under attack in a life or death situation. Many would argue that MMA fighters are the closest thing to a real fight as possible so it must be the best MMA self defense method, unfortunately this is not true. No disrespect at all to MMA fighters, they are superb combat athletes with phenomenal endurance.

The problem is that MMA competitions are held in ideal environments, under ideal circumstances.

You are fighting ONE MMA opponent and you only need to protect yourself from attack, your loved ones are not at risk. You also do not need to be too concerned about getting hit in the groin, gouged in the eyes or hit in the neck. The fact that your opponent is wearing gloves means that most of your vital pressure points are fairly safe. Defending a punch that has a bright red glove or big black glove at the end of it is much easier than defending a bare fist or open hand. The lighting is perfect and the floor is flat and stable.

On the MMA street all of the above advantages are gone, they do not exist. You could be attacked by multiple attackers, grappling or taking ONE of them to the ground is NOT an option. You could need to protect a love one which changes your mindset considerably. Getting hit with extreme force with a bare fist is something that many martial arts have never experienced and when it happens to them on the street it’s not uncommon for even experienced black belt to freeze in state of shock. Adopting a survival mindset and having the confidence to annihilate your attackers is essential, you need to know what techniques work and what can be applied under stress with adrenaline flowing through your body. Scary, right?

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So then what is the best MMA self defense method?

I have yet to find a MMA self defense system that comes close to Tim Larkin’s target focus training. This is hands down the best MMA self defense system you could buy online or attend live. All you need to do is take a look at some of the testimonials from even highly experienced martial artists. Target focus training is not about learning how to fight with good looking spinning kicks like Jean Claude Van Damme, it’s about survival. Tim Larkin teaches you how to take out your attacker quickly and effectively. In my opinion this is the best MMA self defense system around.
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Incorporating Muay Thai Kickboxing Into Your MMA Training Routine

If you’re serious about your MMA fight game then you must start incorporating Muay Thai kickboxing into your Mixed Martial Arts training routine.

Muay Thai is without a doubt the most powerful striking system available and its’ techniques can be readily integrated into mixed martial arts training, however, with the ability to take an opponent to the ground many techniques have to be either avoided or modified.

In respect of punching techniques there is little problem and the Jab should be diligently drilled with footwork to set up your attacks, whether striking or setting up takedowns. The straight or overhand right is a safe and powerful punch that should also be included and drilled with your jab.

The uppercut and hooks are excellent Muay Thai techniques against grapplers when they are shooting for the takedown and should be drilled with angular takedown evading footwork.

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Elbows provide devastatingly powerful strikes in mixed martial arts training whether during standup or on the ground. Train striking with elbows from all angles, standing and on the ground. Incorporate elbows into your mixed martial arts training from the standup grappling “pummeled” clinch position by breaking away to open up the clinch and striking with elbows.

I would recommend keeping your straight punching attacks focused on the head as dropping to the body could leave you open to being sprawled.

However, body hooks from an angle are still a very useful energy sapping attack that wears the opponent down.

In addition, train all of your punches for striking on the ground. Practice developing power in your strikes from the mount, switch-base side control, knee ride, guard and even back control.

Muay Thai is probably best known for its’ round kicks and knees which deliver very powerful and destructive strikes to all parts of an opponents’ body.

When incorporating Muay Thai kickboxing into your Mixed Martial Arts training routine I recommend keeping the kicks to the low line of the legs. Always throw your kicks from a hand attack setup or as a counter to a committed move by the opponent and always train your kicks with fast maneuverable footwork, in a hit and run strategy, so that you get them back to starting stance position quickly thus making it difficult for your opponent to grab them for a takedown set up. Throwing high kicks or kicks without setting them up properly will leave you wide open for a takedown.

The knees are probably the most destructive strike in Muay Thai and should be developed for striking both in standup and on the ground. Train delivering knees in the clinch being sure to pay attention to using tactics that avoid the leg being grabbed that will make you vulnerable to a takedown.

I also recommend learning the Muay Thai clinching tactics correctly as these can be adapted, with a little modification, to Mixed Martial Arts. By training strong striking or counter attack entries into the clinch, it can serve as a strong set up for takedowns.

Train your Muay Thai striking attacks with both “hit and run” maneuverability in your footwork and also work on fast, efficient entries to the clinch or takedowns so that once you have executed your striking attack you are either safely out of the way from being taken down or in a position to dominate the takedown ready for the ground.

In this article I have concentrated on providing you with recommendations for incorporating Muay Thai kickboxing into your Mixed MartialArts training routine, however, you must train and test all techniques and tactics under the pressure of sparring and actual fighting as MMA is a fight game that is and will be for a long time continually evolving – that is what makes it so exciting.
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The Benefits of Grappling Dummies for Judo, BJJ and MMA Athletes

There is nothing worse in MMA than going to training and getting stuck with a partner who complains and takes ages to transition between drills etc. One of the best aspects of the grappling dummy is the fact that it doesn’t complain, you can throw it, kick it and punch it and it just keeps getting up and it doesn’t mind.

Whether you are a Brazilian jujitsu fighter, a Judo player or an MMA practitioner a grappling dummy is something you should look into getting. A dummy is great especially if there are times when you cannot get to training and you feel like doing some throws, position training and submissions. There are literally hundreds of techniques you can do including throws, takedowns, submissions, drills, ground and pound, punches, kicks as well as some really hard workouts that will have your heart rate through the roof.

I own a 2 legged legend grappling dummy (from Australia’s Grappling Store) but they do also come in MMA style that is a base rather than being two legged. There are many different styles of dummies.

I personally have used a Suples dummy and a Legend dummy and I believe the Legend dummy is much better due to the fact that it has two arms, two legs, and feels like more of a person when you throw it.

What you do with the grappling dummy will depend on your style of fighting. If you are a Brazilian jujitsu practitioner than you will do more submissions and position training, a Judoka will more often than not throw the dummy and an MMA or self defence trainer will kick, elbow and punch the dummy to all day long.

What to do with a dummy?

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For judoka I recommend doing a lot of throwing and transition drills with the dummy. Throws such as Osoto gari, Ippon Seoi nage, Ogoshi and Harai goshi are all fundamental Judo throws that you can do with the dummy. Other more advanced techniques you can do include Uchimata, Tani otoshi, Koshi guruma and Tai otoshi. You can even work a variety if combinations such as Osoto gari into Harai goshi or Uchimata into Ouchi gari. Due to the fact that the dummy has two bendable arms you can also dress him in a gi and work all your throws using a gi. This is great for throws such as Tsuri komi goshi and Morote seoi nage.

Transitions are also imperative for all judoka and therefore transitioning into Kesa gatame and Juji gatame are a must when MMA training with the grappling dummy.

Brazilian Jujitsu practitioners (Ne Waza)

A grappling dummy is an awesome asset for Brazilian jujitsu players. If you are looking at developing your positional and submission skills then I believe a grappling dummy is exactly what you need. I highly recommend practicing position training such as advancing from scarf hold to side control and then to mount. You can also drill positions such as knee ride to knee ride as well as half guard and guard passing. The best part about using the dummy I’d the amount of receptions you can do of various submissions such as knee ride to arm bar as well as close side and far side arm bars. One of my favourite submissions to do with the dummy is straight arm locks and figure fours submissions from side control.

I personally practice a lot of gi chokes on my dummy especially the basis collar choke from mount as well as chokes from side control.

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A grappling dummy is great if you are an MMA fighter. This is due to the fact that you can punch it, ground and pound it and elbow it all day long and it will never complain.

Great drills include superman punches from the guard, punches from guard and elbows from the side control position. Because the Legend dummy has arms you can also advance to a crucifix position and throws elbows and punches to head. One of the most common attacks that the MMA fighters do at my club is knees to the body before advancing to mount and then throwing punches from the mount position. You can also stand the dummy up against a wall or cage (if you have one available), and practicing cage takedowns, Thai clinches, dirty boxing and much more in a position that really simulates a really MMA fight.

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The Legend dummies come in 30kg, 40kg & 55kg. Therefore you can do some incredible workouts that will have you fitter than you ever thought possible. Workouts such as the maximum amount of throws in 1 minute or 1 throw, 10 sprawls, 1 throw, 9 sprawls etc will have you puffing like you wouldn’t believe. You can also perform fireman’s carry squats, Zercher squats, shoulder presses and many more exercises that you can incorporate in between throwing, submitting or ground and pounding the dummy. Many MMA athletes do similar workouts to the new ‘Cage fitness’ regime but the main problem with Cage fitness is they do not include any submission attempts, or proper positional drilling (which are a huge part of MMA.)

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Muay Thai As a Sport

Students of Muay Thai in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. areas are usually viewed as strong muscular men.

However, anyone can learn Kickboxing and become good at, if for no other reason, your own self-protection. It was once used to train soldiers to protect their communities and themselves. It is an art form that is considered a mixed martial art.

Muay Thai is a professional sport in which most people enroll for the purpose of competing and becoming a champion. The deadly techniques that were once taught to ancient soldiers for protection are not longer used in today’s Kickboxing. It is sanctioned to fit competition platforms and used in many self defense techniques.

The primary lessons taught today in Muay Thai are not only about the art of fighting, but you must know some of the culture of Kickboxing.

The Thai people believe to be a good Muay Thai boxer you must know something about the culture, rituals and superstition of the Kickboxing. This is because Kickboxing is only taught by a Thai qualified teachers and the culture, rituals and superstition can not be taught by them.

To find out whether Muay Thai is a sport you are interested in learning there are several things you must keep a few things in mind.

• Each martial art has their own unique way of fighting and is considered the best of its kind. Watching a Tony Jaa movie is not the real world of Muay Thai fighting although it does depict some of the Kickboxing philosophy. It is much more than this. It is history and beliefs in the arts. In these cases, the fighting techniques cannot be separated from this philosophy.

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• If you have prior martial arts training, your knowledge will benefit you in Kickboxing. However, it is still necessary to learn of the culture and beliefs of the Kickboxing. With Kickboxingand other martial arts knowledge you can mix the techniques and get an excellent self defense performance.
• If you intend to become a grand master of Kickboxing you should first see if Muay Thai is the martial art for you.

Muay Thai is not only for men. In Thailand, there are many camps for lady boxers or Nak Muay Ying. They are organized specifically for training ladies primarily in the art of self defense.

However some ladies learn Kickboxing to become contender in the sport. Thailand has numerous lady champions and thousands of Muay Thai boxers.

Contact your local Kickboxing School and request to sit in on a class to see if it may be something you would be interested in learning. Many of these schools have free classes you can attend to try it out before you sign any kind of contract. Take for example, Lloyd Irvin’s, Mixed Martial Arts Academies, with locations in the Maryland, Virginia, Washington DC area, you have the benefit of signing up for a 30 day free trial. What better way to get started on Muay Thai Boxing than this.

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