Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a combat sport that originates in Thailand and uses a variety of striking and clinching techniques including: punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. Much of the history of this art was lost when the Burmese sacked the capital city of Thailand in in the 14th century destroying most of the contemporary written history. The art was passed from soldiers & fathers to their students & sons while being used in combat, which allowed it to evolve though natural selection into an extremely effective and devastating fighting style.
Muay Thai can be very physically demanding and is great for developing outstanding physical conditioning. At Summit County Jiu Jitsu our main goal is to teach in a safe & effective manner, while engaging our students in a way that is fun and mentally stimulating.
You will learn how to move to defend against and protect yourself against strikes while simultaneously seeking angles of attack to expose and exploit your opponents weaknesses. You will also learn how to clinch and control someone in close range in a manner that allows you to both protect yourself and damage your opponent. Through this style of martial art, you will be able defend yourself by being able to better recognize attacks and how to respond. However, remember that the first rule of self-defense is to leave the situation as soon as it is safe, so if the attacker is not physically controlling you and you can end the threat by leaving the situation/area that is the appropriate thing to do.
Striking is an essential part of mixed martial arts as the combatants start on the feet away from each other, meaning that striking will most likely be the first form of combat to take place. The vast majority of the time Muay Thai has proven itself to be the dominate form of striking in MMA fights involving skilled combatants, and fighters must develop competency in all aspects of Muay Thai which include: punching, elbows, knees, shins, and clinch work all while protecting yourself from your opponents strikes.
You absolutely will get into really REALLY good shape training Muay Thai. Training in Muay Thai is very physically demanding. The repeated sudden, intense, and significant muscle recruitment that occurs while throwing strikes will give you a workout like nothing else. Every movement will involve the abdomen and hips in ways you never thought possible! But, like Jiu Jitsu, the best part of it is, it is also a dynamic puzzle that will keep your mind occupied while you push your body to the limit during this incredible workout.