Muay Thai Weapons
Muay Thai, which is also known as Thai Boxing and the “Art of Eight Limbs” is a the art of striking that anyone can learn. Whether your goal is to increase flexibility, get fit, be more athletic, learn self defense or fight in a cage, Muay Thai is one of those sports (and arts) that can help you achieve these goals and many more.
But what exactly is the “Art of Eight Limbs?”
Well, it’s just that: the ability to use Fists, elbows, knees, and feet as weapons.
Mastery of these 8 weapons can build confidence, and help achieve victory against an opponent.
Like boxing, Muay Thai utilizes Jabs, Hooks, Uppercuts and straight rights. Unlike boxing, Muay Thai also uses the elbows to inflict cuts and knock out blows.
Vertical elbows (like an uppercut or 6-12), jumping vertical elbows attacking the head and shoulders, spinning reverse elbows and horizontal elbows are dangerous and effective weapons for self defense and Muay Thai competitions.
Like Sport Karate and Kickboxing, Muay Thai utilizes familiar kicks like roundhouse kicks, Teep/Push kicks (or front kicks), spinning kicks. Unlike sport karate and kickboxing, Muay Thai also includes powerful knee strikes inflict damage in close or as you ‘close the gap’ against an opponent.
This is the use of eight limbs – but it is not limited to striking. The Muay Thai clinch is one of the most aggressive forms of the art and within the clinch, a Muay Thai fighter can inflict a lot of damage and powerful blows to an opponent.
The art of Muay Thai not only covers strikes, but throws and grappling – which makes Muay Thai a full system of combat. Throw downs, sweeps, throws and fighting holds makes a Muay Thai practitioner a very dangerous fighter.
This is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Muay Thai. There are many techniques on the road to mastery of Muay Thai!
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