Muay Thai is a martial art, a combat sport and a deadly form of self-defense. It is deeply rooted in Thai culture and has a history dating back to the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767).
Common techniques include high kicks to the neck, elbow thrusts to the face and head, knee hooks to the ribs and low-cut kicks to the legs. Most conditioning, consisting of punching, knees, elbows, kicking and grappling is done using focus mitts, Thai pads, heavy bags, and sparring.
Unlike other martial arts, whose kicks utilize the foot, Muay Thai kicks utilize the shins, which are far more effective for striking the outer thigh, ribs, and neck. Skipping, push ups, sit ups, squats, and shadow boxing help to develop good stamina and reflexes, which keep you in peak condition for a lifetime.
Elbows and knees are great equalizers against heavier and stronger opponents, which makes them particularly effective weapons for women.
The key to Muay Thai is learning to relax under pressure. Unlike most martial systems, the techniques are always taught in a state of relaxation.
Muay Thai training offers combative techniques necessary for real self-defense.