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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Is there anything I get from doing Pad Work that I can't get from Heavy Bag Work?

It is argued that the best training regimen includes (1) Sparring, (2) Shadow Boxing, (3) Heavy Bag Work, and (4) Pad Work. And then there is the, often overlooked, most important element (5) ...
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How do I set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick?

How do I set up a sliding/hopping power sidekick? In 2 and 1 videos, you can see Scott Adkins demonstrate the sliding/hopping power sidekick. I have been trying to do this, but every time I do it, my ...
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How are they able to land these jumping/flying attacks without properly setting them up?

In this fight between Damien Trainor and Tawatchai Budsadee, both fighters keep using these jumping/flying attacks without really setting them up with fakes or combos. Either that or I am actually ...
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How to beat a Kickboxer with a Bruce-Lee-type stance and a Taekwondo/Karate background?

This is about sparring. There are a few guys in my gym (Muay Thai/Kick Boxing) who have Taekwondo/Karate backgrounds. They have a Bruce-Lee-type stance. Their front hand is low and legs are wide apart....
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How to improve my knee impact in clinching

In my first match I was doing pretty good in clinching but my knees were too frequent and not powerful. I've been working on a bag pretty much every chance i get and do about 50-100 knees after every ...
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I still look like a complete “noob” during drills with long combos I've never practiced before hand

In our class we get long combos thrown at us, something like e.g. jab cross jab switch kick then body hook head hook right. I can never remember when they're said in class. I can do OK when it's my ...
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What kind of mentality do you have going into a fight vs sparring?

I only fought once but I have been sparring regularly on a weekly basis. Yesterday our coach made one of us stay in the ring and the rest would take turns fighting with them for 1 round, then when the ...
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What are the major tactical concepts of striking martial arts asides from the strike techniques themselves?

I know BJJ is complicated, ground fighting in general has pins, reversals, a multitude of positions and movements / transitions between these positions, etc. Striking to a layman like myself seems to ...
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Fighting stance

What is the best fighting stance for kickboxing Dutch style? I'm new to kickboxing K-1, and I'm wondering if keeping your back straight with the core tensed and raising your shoulders to protect your ...
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am I thinking about this correctly? (deciding whether to move left or right after a strike)

I'm a beginner and have a question that may be basic. I figured out when you hit left I can feel my body loading up on the right side so my combos tend to be left right left right left right so they '...
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How to protect (or pad up) injured side? [closed]

I got a soft tissue injury in my left ribs at a fight two months ago, I gave it some time to heal and I did sparring again when I stopped feeling pain but a few days ago I was clinching without any ...
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How to make knuckles bigger like Bruce Lee's knuckles?

In this picture: Bruce Lee's knuckles are very big. How to make big knuckles? Which exercises do I need to do and how many times to achieve this? Note: knuckles push-ups doesn't help to make ...
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How do martial artists make stronger fingers via hot sand?

I have seen films in which a martial artist thrusts his fingers into hot sand. What is the name of this exercise and what are its benefits?
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Would a Pankration Fighter be allowed in UFC?

Would a Pankration fighter be allowed in the UFC? If so, how would he be able to fend off other foes who use Karate, Muay Thai and Krav maga?
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Cardio work for Muay Thai fighters

I started training at Muay Thai 2 years ago and got into my first fight only to run out of breath in the second round. I started stepping out of the office during lunch time for a jog every 2 days ...
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How can you take steps to decrease risk of brain damage during Thai sparring?

For example I'd much rather take a kick to the leg than to the head, or even to the body. Is there a way I can incorporate this into my style to minimize risk of damaging head shots?
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Will three months of Muai Thai help?

In three months I'll be going abroad for master studies. I have left my job in order to prepare somewhat for the course in the three months before I leave. This gives me time for some extra activities ...
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Possible explanations for contradictory facts on headgear and brain damage?

We have two scientifically proven facts that seem to contradict: Amateur bouts (where they wear headgear) have fewer knockouts than professional bouts (where they don't wear headgear) Amateur bouts ...
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Modern day Muay Thai useful for self defence

Today’s Muay Thai focuses mainly on training for ring fights so is seen rather as a sport than a form of self defence. Ancient Muay Thai however, such as Muay boran focused mainly on self defence ...
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Concerns with lead leg while throwing a jab

When throwing a jab is it necessary to step with the lead leg to add some power? I personally step with both feet for the sake of a strong base, also not to be vulnerable for an inside leg sweep to ...
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Huge bruises on shin from heavy bag leg kicks?

So I've been trying to strengthen my tibia by round house kicking heavy bags really hard without shin guards, but I've always been getting huge bruises on both of my legs. I think something is wrong ...
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How to counter a powerful Left Roundhouse Kick from a Southpaw in MT?

This is an extremely educational, humbling and interesting MT fight/technique breakdown video. It shows the ferocity of Samkor Kiatmontep's Left Roundhouse Kick from the southpaw stance against ...
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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 can't jump-rope. I see all the boxers in my gym do that. I also cannot swim, ride a bicycle, or run more than a mile continuously (I ...
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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 ...