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Questions tagged [muay-thai]

มวยไทย or Muay-Thai is a martial art from Thailand using punches, kicks, elbows, and various clinching techniques.

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Can one be a formidable MT fighter, if they are unable to jump-rope, swim, cycle, or run long distances?

I am 28 years old. It is embarrassing and very demoralizing that I cant jump-rope. I see all the boxers in my gym do that. I also cannot swim, or ride a bicycle. I also cannot run more than a mile ...
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Learning to throw a proper Muay Thai low and body kick

Have been training Muay Thai for about 4 months, yet I still find myself struggling with almost all the Muay Thai kicks - especially the low and body kick. My kicks happen to be weak as I often lose ...
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How to wash leather shin guard?

After more than a year and half of use my shin guard are becoming smelly. I let them dry out and never keep them in my bag but now they begin to stink. I can't put them on the wash machine as they ...
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Using shoes while training at home

I've been training muay thai at the gym for some time, and I'd decided to also train at home. So I bought myself a punching bag and hung it in my garage. The problem is that I have no mat, and the ...
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Why is it easier to punch with palm facing out then down [duplicate]

I recently joined a Muay Thai gym and am doing hundreds of punches. I had one martial arts teacher who taught us to make fists with our palms perpendicular to the earth (thumbs on top) like they do ...
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What is the relative frequency of Muay Thai in the UFC vs. other fighting styles and why?

In the UFC, Muay Thai seems to be much more common than kickboxing, karate, or tae kwon do. Is this actually true, or is it just my perception? What's the relative breakdown of the styles? What are ...
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Technique for landing a Teep

When landing a teep kick, should one apply pressure via the toes/palm of the foot or the heel?
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Clumsy and struggling with performing techniques

Over the last few months I've been trying to learn martial arts as my main hobby. The problem is, I really struggle with performing the techniques shown to me. I constantly need correcting and just ...
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Muay Thai/Kickboxing: Online training for absolute beginner? [duplicate]

I would like to start Muay Thai or Kickboxing but my only option right now is to train by myself. I looked for valuable training material all over the internet and I did find sources to start Boxing, ...
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Concussion in light sparring

I have been doing muay thaï for 4 years. Once per week we do sparring as a part of the training. The sparring is relatively light, the goal is not to knockout the partner, not even to cause injury ...
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How to spar against a weaker opponent

I am taking Beginner Muay Thai classes for a couple of months now quite regularly. A few rounds of light sparring (no elbows, no knees & kicks to the head, focus on technique instead of power) ...
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Considering boxing for improvement in Muay Thai punches

I've been practising Muay Thai for about 8 months now, I really like the sport and I plan to continue practising it. Later on I would like to add some ground skills and move on to MMA. My ultimate ...
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Kicking after ACL Reconstruction

I was wondering if anyone who has gone through an ACL recon, specifically with an allograft, could say when they started moving freely again. By moving freely, I mean kicking with both legs and shadow ...
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Will using a gyroscopic training device eliminate (or greatly reduce) wrist and elbow pain?

I read about how to "Prevent sore wrists and elbows in boxing" and now I am curious. I train Muay Thai 6 days a week for 2 hours a day. I understand that placement is key when delivering a jab or ...
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What would be the reason that Muay Thai is not very popular in the US?

I've trained Muay Thai in Europe and it is quite popular in countries such as the UK, Spain, Netherlands, and Poland. When I went to Thailand for training, I expected that I would meet a lot of guys ...
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Starter kit for Muay Thai

My plan is to buy a heavy bag , a stand and gloves . Should the bag be 100 lbs or 150 lbs? (my weight is 149 lbs) What kind of gloves should I buy ? Is there anything else important that I should know ...
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Practicing Muay Thai kicks with no partner

Can I place a Belly Pad on a tree and practice some body kicks, or it is not recommended? For example, the following: Combat Sports Dome Tech Belly Pad
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Why do Muay Thai players wear armbands?

Is there any technical reason for this?
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How to notice if your instructor knows what he's talking about

I'm going to a Muay Thai gym soon. I'm a total beginner so I'll have to follow and trust blindly everything my instructor says. Since nobody is perfect and somebody may even be not prepared, I'm not ...
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The source of Muay Thai techniques terminology

I guess, a lot of people here are familiar with "Muay Thai - The Art of Fighting" book, or at least with its list of Muay Thai techniques copypasted all over the Muay Thai related web. The list where ...
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Technical differences between Muay Thai and Muay Boran

I started watching fighting sports with this recent grow of the UFC and MMA. I picked Muay Thai because it looks the funniest for my standards, it's explosive and not static so it would be my first ...
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Martial art to start with very little background of boxing

I am 24 years old guy with very little background of boxing (I bought heavy punching bag and watched tutorials on youtube and practiced at my own). I want to learn a martial art to a better level (...
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Low kick and block with shank-bone

I can't find relevant info about this matter. The thing is, I found this picture to get more detailed info about anatomy of the bone it self at the shank part of the lag and found this: I) Is this ...
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Are there viable ways to simulate the body reactions to a punch landed to the face?

I'll have my first (real) Muay Thai fight soon and I was wondering about Mike Tyson's famous quote: "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." Actually, I find this quote very ...
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Tips to kick in the thigh without being blocked by the knee

We see it a lot in MMA, and probably in Muay Thai too (never trained in that). Fighters kick the inner or outer thigh; from what I've seen, they usually kick quite low on the thigh, just a little ...
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Is Kicking with Shin is a weakness / advantage in Muay Thai?

Recently I joined to a Muay Thai Gym, and it is very good. Previously, I did Tae Kwan Do for 2 years. In my Muay Thai Gym, the master is teaching me to kick using the shin. I feel really afraid to ...
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Training on hard ground

I practiced muay thai for a year and my teacher made it clear we would train all along bare feet on the hard ground. Of course I had feet injuries after repeatedly kicking the mitts. At first, I ...
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Will training Muay Thai affect my BJJ skills?

I want to become a well-rounded martial artist. I used to train Muay Thai when I was a kid. But 3 years ago I quit and focused on BJJ & grappling. I would really love to combine BJJ with Muay ...
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Eye protection Muay Thai

I train in Muay Thai for six months now including sparing. I have myopia (-5 / -4.75) and I will get a femto LASIK surgery soon. My doctor told me that I could resume sparring after 6 weeks as long ...
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Tips for alleviating soreness?

I know this has been asked before by the suggested Q&A after I typed in the question, but this is a bit different in that after kickboxing/Muay Thai/boxing/sparring I'm very rarely if ever sore ...
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Preventing jammed toes when throwing push kick

When I spar, I often jam my toes from throwing push-kicks (teeps). This kick is no problem for me in training, but I think the jamming happens when my partner parries or otherwise blocks my teep, and ...
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Mouthguard for sparring with extra special gag reflex

I've just started sparring in muay thai, and yesterday nearly had a lower tooth make a break for it (yay for permanent retainers!). I have a boil-and-bite mouth guard, but I also have the world's most ...
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Muay Thai defensive techniques against grappling attacks

I'm just wondering whether Muay Thai teaching includes defensive tactics / techniques to use against grappling and take-downs. If they do, please share them. For instance, if someone tries to grapple ...
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What would be a good gym workout for a Muay Thai fighter?

Everyone knows that a fighter has to train and practice fighting techniques - kicks, punches, defences, throws, and so on. But, to become a better fighter, it is always good to improve one's ...
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In MMA, should you try to block punches with your glove in the same way you could in Muay Thai?

I am coming from a Muay Thai style and trying out MMA. When sparring in Muay Thai I would frequently hold my glove to my face and successfully block punches. When doing this in MMA, most punches were ...
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Doing MMA or a doing multiple individual martial arts, which is more effective?

I am planning on doing MMA. Previously I have done taekwondo for 2 years. I choose MMA because I felt that taekwondo is less powerful with punches and grappling techniques, but when you do a sport ...
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Is it advisable to try to catch a low kick to the thigh in Muay Thai?

I saw a picture of a fighter in the UK in a Muay Thai match reach down to catch the leg of the opponent throwing a kick to his thigh. I was once told that this is not advisable. In the move as he ...
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Risk of brain damage in casual/moderate Muay Thai sparring

I have been training Muay Thai for about a year now, and am concerned about the risks I'm taking with regards to brain damage. I spar about once a week, and I really don't get hit that often or hard ...
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Should I stay in a Muay Thai gym where the fighters hit without much restraint or consideration?

I have moved cities and have found a new Muay Thai gym. The training in this gym is very different. When they train they use thai pads less often and do drills. When doing the drills they hit quite ...
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Best martial art for a late bloomer

I have done "intro's" to a few martial arts when I was younger, now in mid 40's and reasonably good health. I am trying to find a martial art that would be easier for me to learn at this age (easier ...
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Is it allowed in Muay Thai to throw a cartwheel kick with your standing leg when the other is held?

(in Muay Thai)In the situation where your leg is held by the opponent, is it allowed, legal, or reasonable to throw a kick with the standing leg and land in a similar fashion as you would with a ...
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Holding Thai pads safely

I'm a beginner to Muay Thai who was previously doing boxing (no kicks). I love it except one thing. I am having a terrible time learning to hold Thai pads. I get a sharp jarring pain in my wrists with ...
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What is the difference between Muay Thai and Kickboxing?

Where I am (Southern California), I see many gyms list Muay Thai and Kickboxing in the same line as if they are closely related or the same thing. I even had one guy I called at a gym say, "they're ...
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From how low should the fist in an uppercut start from in Muay Thai?

When punching or throwing a strike in Muay Thai, I have heard that the punch should not be 'telegraphed'; meaning that the opponent should not be able to understand what you are going to do. When ...
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What value is there in using a 'bag glove' during pad work in Muay Thai training?

I see some guys in the gym bring two pairs of gloves to training. If there is a session on the pads, they wear bag gloves which are thin and light. During sparring sessions they switch to wearing a ...
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How much should the torso and shoulders rotate when throwing a powerful cross in Muay Thai?

When throwing a cross to the opponent to strike with maximum power I understand that the whole body must work in supporting the hand/elbow/shoulder and torso to move behind the punch as much as ...
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Which techniques are available in Muay Thai for blocking/avoiding a high roundhouse kick to the head?

In Muay Thai, when an opponent delivers a roundhouse kick to your head, what options are available as a defense or counter measure? I have seen blocking it with the arm on the side of the head in the ...
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In which situations in Muay Thai is the 'super man' punch used and why is it more effective than the normal 'cross punch'?

The superman punch seems to be a powerful technique in Muay Thai. I have had it used on me many times by a guy who likes it. It breaks through my guard frequently from the sheer force and momentum ...
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How useful is it to have regular Thai massages parallel to Muay Thai training and is yoga a substitute?

Over the past few weeks I have had a pain in a muscle region to the right of my left shoulder blade. It had been building up gradually till in practice I could hardly throw a punch. My trainer ...
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What techniques exist for blocking knees in a clinch?

During the clinch or just prior to the clinch the opponent very often throws knees to the torso area. I am not considering whether the opponent has managed to pull the head down for knees to head. ...