Developed in the 16th century in Thailand, Muay Thai is known as the ‘art of eight limbs’ in reference to its eight points of contact used for striking.
The techniques involved in Muay Thai encompass strikes with punches, kicks, knees and elbows. Muay Thai was developed during Thailand’s war with Burma where it’s primary objective was to aid Thai soldiers when they lost their weapons during warfare.
The techniques were developed on a foundation of simple body movements with maximum effectiveness.
Muay Thai Punching
The punching techniques used in Muay Thai incorporate traditional boxing techniques such as the jab, cross, hook, uppercut, overhand and more. These traditional boxing maneuvers are then accompanied by techniques specific to Muay Thai such as the spinning backfist and superman punch.
These punches are taught in combination with each other, and also in combination with other striking techniques such as kicks and elbows.
Muay Thai Kicking
The kicking techniques involved in Muay Thai are predominately dominated by the roundhouse kick and the push kick (also known as the teep kick). Both of these kicks can be utilised to the leg, the body or the head. These two Muay Thai kicks are used in conjunction with other kicks founded in other traditional martial arts. These kicks include wheel kicks, spinning back kicks, side kicks and more.
Muay Thai Knees
Knees are an important part of Muay Thai, they are utilized while at striking (punching) range with your opponent and while clinching with your opponent. These knee strikes can be utilised to attack different regions of the body and can be used with great effectiveness when in close quarters with your opponent.
Muay Thai Elbows
The elbow strikes taught in Muay Thai are what separates it from a lot of other martial arts. These elbow strikes include slashing elbows, uppercut elbows, ‘12-6’ elbows and spinning elbows. These elbow techniques are taught in combination with other striking techniques.
As well as all of the striking and clinching taught in Muay Thai, at Combat Lab we teach defences and counter attacks to these strikes. Incorporating traditional boxing parrying and head movement along Muay Thai defensive techniques such as kick catching and trips.
Free MMA and Muay Thai Class
At Combat Lab we offer a free introductory Muay Thai / MMA class. Phone Joel on 0411 383 257 or send us your details below and one of our instructors will give you a call back and speak to you about your free class.