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Muay Thai Kickboxing

The Self Defense Stand-up Combat Sport

What is Muay Thai Kickboxing?

Muay Thai kickboxing is a stand-up combat sport that incorporates the usage of both hands, elbows, shins, and legs. Muay Thai was started in Southeast Asia.  Millions of people across the world use MT as a way to exercise. As a consequence, the combat sport is called “art of eight limbs”.  It is a brutal martial art that causes disabling damage to the opponent. Lacerations are common in professional competitions.

History of Muay Thai Stand-up Kickboxing

Muay Thai kickboxing is one of the most popular sports in America since the mid 1990’s.  It’s influence came from the popularity boom of the UFC. Mixed martial arts competitors began heavily training in MT, BJJ and wrestling.  As a result it has become increasingly more common for a child to train MT rather than go to traditional karate classes.  MT offers many reliable tools to help you escape safely in a self defense situation.

Fundamentals of Muay Thai Combat Sport

It is a contact sport using the knees, shins, elbows and hands in combination to defend an attacker. MT kicks use rotation of the hip to generate power consequently causing extreme damage. Conditioning your body is vital to your success if you want to block these strikes. Evading your opponent’s attack is another implemented skill.

Major Self Defense Techniques Used In Muay Thai Kickboxing.

A couple of main kicks used in MT:

Teep: The Teep is a foot jab movement. It is basically utilized as a protective strategy to gain distance between an attacker. One of the main benefits of the Teep is to defend against attacks and also to make an effort to get a challenger off balance. This kick technique is designed to be thrown as a quick and powerful burst with the intent to knock a challenger off balance.

Teh: The Teh is a popular angle kick which is also known as the powerful kick in the martial arts industry. Due to use and rotation of the whole body, this kick has enough power to down your opponent. This kick has the same technique used in karate roundhouse kick. The only difference it has from the karate roundhouse kick is non-extension of the leg below the knee joint. To be able to defend from the Teh kick, a fighter uses his shin. It is the strongest area of your leg. Padding is worn during training.

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