Muay Thai Kickboxing is known as
“the art of eight limbs”…
Muay Thai Kickboxing is known as “the art of eight limbs.” This is because the art utilizes one’s hands, elbows, knees and feet in devastating fashion. Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and it’s popularity has spread throughout the world after proving itself in the ring time and time again. Muay Thai is commonly seen in events such as The K-1 Fighting championships and Mixed Martial Arts fighters will not think of entering the cage without learning Muay Thai. But for centuries the art of Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) has been the most effective stand-up combat art in the world and its fighters unrivaled in the ring. Hundreds of thousands of fans can attest to the power and fury a Thai Boxer can unleash on his or her opponent.
Rip Tide Martial Arts goes beyond the mental and physical conditioning of training and delivers a look at Thai culture. The importance of understanding the heritage and philosophy is equally as important as developing well rounded fighting skills. It is fascinating. During your training, your instructor will explain the technical aspects of Muay Thai movements and also the theories behind the application and fight strategy.
In this class, you will also learn the best of boxing including footwork, lightning fast punch combinations, slipping or evading punches and special tactics. Western style boxing is truly a martial art. That is why it will forever be known as “the sweet science”.
As a beginner, you will punch and kick pads and bags like there is no tomorrow. It is an awesome workout! Muay Thai is perfect for men and women looking for reliable and practical self-defense with superior cardio conditioning.
Muay Thai takes the best aspects of workouts used by some of the world’s most finely conditioned athletes…fighters. It combines them into a fitness program that is safe for the mainstream exercise devotee. In other words, with Muay Thai Boxing, you train like a fighter in everything but full contact sparring (unless competition is your goal as well).
Muay Thai Boxing is definitely challenging. It works most of the human body’s physiological systems. The musculoskeletal system becomes stronger through specialized resistance exercises and specific equipment drills. The cardio respiratory and vascular systems become more efficient through workouts that are more than 60% anaerobic. The central nervous system is trained to respond faster and more efficiently to punching combination drills.
Intensity is the trademark of a Muay Thai Boxing workout. As indicated above, it is more than 60% anaerobic. Many of the drills are made up of two or three minute rounds, with one minute recovery periods. You push through your current lactate threshold and improve it during the round, or anaerobic interval, by working at 85-90% of your maximum heart rate. During the one minute rest period, you learn to more efficiently recover your oxygen debt while simultaneously stretching and reviewing proper technique.
Strength gain is a natural by-product of the Muay Thai Boxing workout. Fighters work with weights, specialized boxing equipment and plyometric devices in a manner that maximizes calorie burn to increase lean muscle mass. The fighter focuses on improving speed, strength, explosiveness and lactate threshold management while simultaneously keeping body fat at minimal levels.
Remaining injury free while improving total body fitness is one of the major benefits of a fighters program. As a cross training alternative, it provides a break in routine and adds variety to your overall training program. It distributes the load of training across various body parts. Mental toughness comes from learning to cope with the demands of a challenging workout. The more you work through a series of rounds that push you into your anaerobic zone, the better you will deal with intense endurance training or other demanding exercise routines.
Everyone involved in Mixed Martial Arts knows how important it is to be skilled in Muay Thai to get an edge on their opponent. There has been a constant evolution in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and it is a fact that you will not be successful without the simplistic, yet effective techniques of Muay Thai. Here at Rip Tide Martial Arts, we teach modified Muay Thai for MMA competitors as well. In the ring and on the street, Muay Thai is notorious for its crippling leg kicks, razor sharp elbows, and explosive knee strikes. Sounds pretty scary, but the fact that it can all be practiced safely is the best part about the art of Muay Thai!