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Muay-Thai (มวยไทย), or "Thai boxing", is a martial art from Thailand. It uses stand-up striking (i.e., punches, elbows, knees, and kicks) and various clinching techniques for takedowns and close-range fighting (i.e., with elbows and knees).

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Are impact protection goggles worth it for Muay Thai for someone who can't take hits to the eye?

Disclaimer: I don't consider anything here to be professional advice. I want to start Muay Thai but I don't want to get hits to the eye due to an eye condition called keratoconus. I was considering ...
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Boxing Shuffle Step in Muay Thai?

Do Muay Thai professional fighters use the Shuffle Step? Bazooka Joe Valtellini is a professional fighter, and teaches both Boxing and Muay Thai. I can' tell if this can be used in Muay Thai, but it ...
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Single exercises to improve kicking and punching power

I would like to improve my kicking as well as my punching in terms of power / strength. For kicking I would especially distinguish between teeps (front kicks) and low kicks. Which single exercise(s) ...
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How to Deal with Unprofessional Sparring Partners

What is the best way to deal with unteams like sparring partners? I'm an intermediate Muay Thai in class. Everytime, beginners and intermediate pair up with a certain 'advanced' fighter in class for ...
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Moving Backwards, Cross Punch and move Right Leg

My Muay Thai coach showed a technique where we move backwards Punch with right hand, cross punch, and step back with same side right leg. If I'm trying to evade a flurry of punches/kicks, I ...
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Gym Dojo Etiquette, Pairing people up

I am at a Muay Thai Gym. Before class, coach pairs up everyone into partner groups for drills and pad work. Sometimes there are odd number of people, so some people are in a 3 group (which is totally ...
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Source for feints, fakes and setups [closed]

I would like to and actually I need to add proper setups to launch and land attacks. Do you know any source, be it a dvd, a youtube clip/channel, a text file or whatever where one could look up some ...
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Numbness in hand after impact in ribs

After being kicked in the ribs, my hand went numb. It felt like a stinger in Football. The sensation travelled down my arm. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this "normal"? Do I need to ...
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Muay Thai: Is Numbing of Shin Nerves Healthy?

Is numbing of the nerves generally healthy for a person? What are the long term of effects of doing this? I only do light sparring, but my legs are little bit desensitized. See contents below: https://...
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Clinch with one opponent's arm inside

I'd like to know if this unorthodox clinch technique is advisable. Watching amateur muay Thai fights, I see this pattern emerging, but it tends to be rare in professional fights. I don't know why. In ...
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Muay Thai Combos, going from Punches to Kicks

I am working on distancing between Punches and kicks. These are common punch-kick Muay Thai combos below. When going punch from to kicks, since I'm in closer range to land punches, when starting the ...
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Muay Thai vs Karate Kick Force

Has anyone seen other studies of Muay Thai kick vs Karate in terms of strength and force impact? They say Muai Thai is Lot stronger but by how much? Couple of my muay thai teachers said its 2 to 4 ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse, step out at 45 degrees and preventing feet injury

They always talk about stepping foot out at 45 degree angle to get ahead rotation on Muay Thai roundhouse kick. Is it okay, to step out with more rotation than that, 60,75, or 90 degrees? I have good ...
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Punch and Parry at the Same time

Is it good form/technique to punch and parry at the same time? Sometimes in Orthodox stance, I throw a left jab, and my opponent throws a jab simultaneously, I want to parry with my right hand. It ...
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Hand Wraps: How to wrap comfortably

Are there any comfortable hand wrap styles for Boxing / Muay Thai ? I literally feel exhausted with wrapped hands and putting on my gloves everyday ( I wrap properly and don't wrap too tight), its ...
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Boxing: Short Range Jab

When doing a close range jab, someone mentioned to keep your elbow more horizontal as it allows you to bend your elbow further back. Is it proper to do a short range jab like this? I usually keep it ...
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Punching with knuckles first correctly

It seems like when I punch and need to punch with knuckles first, I have to angle down, otherwise, it hits the bottom of fingers first and not the knuckles, when practicing against heavy bag. Check ...
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Punching: Make a fist and curl fingers correctly

I noticed that some people teach to make a fist like picture below, and clench fingers at the visible top part of hand (green line). However, doing this even after practicing flexibility, makes my ...
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Boxing Uppercut Motion: Is Arm steady?

In boxing, they say on the Hook punches 5-6, you are not supposed to extend your arm (like cross jab). You keep your arm steady-static, and rotate the from the hips. Is this same principle true for ...
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Which Muscles are Flexed in a Punch?

In boxing, I learned to relax your muscles, Learning to keep muscles loose, helps with speed and quickness. At the very end, clench and tense your fist before moment of impact. When you tense/clench ...
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Muay Thai Kick Block: Feet Toes Up or Down

What is the proper good bad comparison for Muay Thai Leg block? There are two camps of thought in Thailand, feet toes up and toes down. I believe feet toes up - make its more resilient to leg blocks,...
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Karate Side Kick in Muay Thai

What are the consequences if I did this jumping side kick in Muay thai? Would it work, or would a professional Muay Thai opponent do a big counter from that? See this link from Jeff Chan channel. ...
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Does Left Cross Punch exist for Orthodox stance fighters?

Being an orthodox stance fighter, there is a "right cross" that counteracts an opponent left jab. Does a "left cross" also exist for orthodox fighters? It would seem to counteract ...
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Does saying "ooh-wee" in Muay Thai Sparring make mouth susceptible to damage?

Why do people say "ooh-wee," "oh-way", or "ay" when sparring in Muay Thai? I know what it means, however it keeps the mouth slightly open, and should be Closed for single ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick, what angle to bring out knee and leg

When doing a roundhouse kick, is there a rule for what angle the knee should come out at ? My coach says to bring the knee over at straight vertical angle 0 deg, and rotate the leg over while you ...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse Kick: Using Kick Shields vs Thai Pads, different technique?

It feels like doing Muay Thai roundhouse kicks on Kickshields and Heavy Bags is different than doing on Muay Thai Pads. Kickshields and Heavy Bags are vertical perpendicular against the body. Muay ...
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Fighting stance in Boxing and MMA, requires hunch and curved back position [duplicate]

This might be a slightly odd question. Does boxing, Muay thai, and MMA build bad posture eventually? I noticed after long periods of time, training 2 hours a day, 4-5 times a week, the back is not ...
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Muay Thai shin conditioning stick name

What is the proper name of the shin conditioning sticks used in Muay Thai? I am trying to find a stick for this very purpose to harden the legs. I searched for "shin condition stick" on ...
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Muay Thai Evolution since the 1980s

Has there been any evolution in Muay Thai technique and style from the 1980s, 90s to present day? In basketball in the 90s, for example, they had strong centers, with half court games. Now it is more ...
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Muay Thai Only Kick Sparring combinations [closed]

We are doing solely kick sparring in our Muay Thai Class. I know basic combinations with Punches and Kicks. Jab1-Cross2-LeftHook3-Right Roundhouse Cross2-Hook3-Cross2-Left Roundhouse However in ...
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Can the long guard block any type of punch?

So I heard that you can block punches with the long guard (especially overhands), so does that mean that you can block any type of punch with the long guard?
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Slipping into a target in Boxing vs Real Life Defense

For Boxing and Muay Thai, Slipping requires an athlete to go shoulder to knee, or move forward diagonal left, or forward-diagonal right. In real-life defense situations, is this a good strategy? ...
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Is Karate artistic on purpose or is it unintentional?

When observing people shadowboxing, it seems like Karate is a more pretty, artistic, and fancy martial art. Muay Thai seems more brutal and ugly looking at some times (even though I practice it). Did ...
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Muay Thai vs Kickboxing Front Kick, Same Side Hand differences

In Kickboxing front kick, the same side hand does Not go down. In Muay Thai front kick the hand does go down. What is the reason for this difference? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt1wxiH_H9s https:...
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Muay Thai Front Teep Kick: When to use heel or balls of foot

In Muay Thai front teep kick, a person can use 1) balls of feet 2) heel or 3) entire feet to kick. I typically use balls of feet as taught in class, and seems to be most widely used. Just curious in, ...
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Muay Thai: Bounce Step not used?

In Muay Thai, is the bounce step utilized a lot? I have never seen it taught in my classes, and widely taught more in boxing. Is there a reason for not seeing it in Muay Thai? Strangely enough, I see ...
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Muay Thai: Halfway - pivot roundhouse kick

What is the name of the Muay Thai kick, where the person only rotates halfway on ball foot, and pivots less to not gain reaction from opponent? There was a name for it, if it was "axe kick", ...
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Karate vs Muay Thai: Side Kick Foot Rotation

Why does Karate and Taekwondo side kick have the foot tilt sideways or even downwards? In Muay Thai, the side teep foot is held diagonal. Is there a functional reason between the two? Curious as I ...
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MMA: Fighting Opponent who uses Karate stance

I am training in MMA stance with Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu. What happens if I face opponent using a Karate stance? Should I go for double leg takedown or leg roundhouse kick? What are some options? How ...
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Muay Thai Jab vs Boxing Jab, Rear foot push forward

I noticed in Muay Thai fundamentals, in Regular Jab they tell to push heel of right foot, to get the extra range power from Orthodox. In Book "Muay Thai Basics: Introductory Thai Boxing ...
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Muay Thai Boxing: Sparring against Opposite Gender Manner/Etiquette

I am doing Muay Thai Sparring. As a man, what is the proper etiquette of sparring against women? Lets keep this question professional and polite to both genders. I want to be generally respectful and ...
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Going from MMA back to Traditional Martial Arts

Currently I go to an MMA gym (Muay Thai with BJJ). After a couple years, I always ponder about going to a traditional school. Just curious what are the benefits of going to a traditional martial arts ...
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How to Tie Martial Arts Headgear for Boxing, Muay Thai, etc

Does anyone have Step by Step instructions on how to tie boxing head gear? Enclosed below are two pieces. Can someone post 4-5 picture instructions on how to tie and lace properly? When it came out of ...
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Why don't MMA fighters wear Double Mouth Guards on both top side and bottom side?

Why do most MMA and Muay Thai fighters not wear Double Mouth Guards on both teeth, both top side and bottom side? They say having a mouthguard on top side with mouth clenched, will prevent damage on ...
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What is the Boxing Hover/Wave Hand Technique called?

What is the official terminology for boxing jab hover called? See video below. This is where the boxer hovers/waves his hand in a circle to confuse opponent, in attempts to jab punch. I tried google ...
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Boxing Jab at Short Distance

Just curious how people deal with punching a heavy bag. My trainer recommended I not only work on long distance jabs, but ones at short or medium distance. Typically at long distance I have fist ...
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Punching Left Hooks: While Securing the Face or Body at the same time

Is there a way to Punch Left Hook properly, while securing and defending the Head/neck or body area? When doing a basic jab or straight-cross, the head is protected from the arms in front, and ...
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Punching: Differences in Light Sparring and Real Fights with boxing gloves

I am trying to differentiate the techniques between light sparring and real match fights, both with boxing gloves. During light boxing sparring, how does one do a very quick punch without hurting ...
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Boxing: Different ways to Block Cover Up, Wrists pointed towards you or to the Side

I see there are different ways to cover up/block in boxing. One strategy is wrist pointing towards you, another method is wrist pointing to the sides. Both ways allow athlete vision in pictures below. ...
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Why does Karate recommend kicking with feet instead of shins?

What is the historical reason Karate and Taekwondo recommend kicking with foot instead of shins for Round kicks (different from Muay Thai)? In Krav Maga, they teach to kick with foot, since most of ...
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