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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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Muay Thai Horizontal Elbow: Rear Foot and hand position

In horizontal elbow rear in Muay Thai (Sok Tad/ ศอกตัด), what is proper positioning of pivot foot and wrist? When doing a cross-2 Punch, if target is directly front ahead of you, rear pivot foot is ...
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Why do people Shadowbox without full extension?

I noticed during drills, many people shadow box without full extension of arms? Is there a reason for that? Around half the class has full extension, other half does not. I thought when you box, you'...
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Muay Thai Roundhouse kick: Rotate in stability without friction

I like the Muay Thai kick as its more fluid rotation, faster motion, and more power with hip/legs. One thing compared to Karate and TKD kick, it takes a lot more balance and friction against the ...
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Why doesn't Muay Thai use the Karate/Taekwondo front snap kick?

Why doesn't Muay Thai incorporate the Karate/TKD Front Snap Kick? Muay Thai instead has a Teep kick with slightly different motion. I understand why Muay Thai has its own roundhouse kick, as its more ...
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Muay Thai: Punching Left Jab, rotate body and hips?

In Muay Thai, when throwing a jab with left hand, should person rotate/turn the body and hips? I went to a different school when traveling this weekend, and thats what the coach recommended. I notice ...
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Which part of leg should be used in Muay Thai Round Head kicks?

Which part of leg should be used in Muay Thai Round Head kicks? The Foot, top of Ankle, or Shin? My coach always taught on top of Ankle with it flexed, "bridge between Shin and Foot". ...
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Muay Thai: Down Parry Technique for Head Punch

What is the proper technique for down parry in Muay Thai? I come from a Karate background. Is it just pivot at the elbow, and rotate down? Like a clock? Should arm be near horizontal at the end? (Not ...
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Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters?

Why don't Muay Thai fighters bounce like Karate fighters, with their leg forward? In Karate they teach that gives energy with the bounce. Just curious, not sure what is the best way. It seems Muay ...
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Muay Thai Teep Front Kick: One hand is always down reason

I noticed in Muay Thai Teep kick, they always recommend to keep same side hand is down. You will notice one hand is up, and another hand is down in picture. Why do they recommend this? In other ...
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Can Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Heavy Punching Bag?

I am training in the sport of Muay Thai. I am curious if Muay Thai Boxing Gloves be used on a Punching Heavy Bag? Or should I just use regular Boxing Gloves? Trying to save money when training. Also, ...
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Is a sprawl or knee generally more effective against takedowns?

Coming from a more traditional/striking focused background, I always struggle with the advice of not staying so upright in order to be better positioned to defend takedowns (single or double leg). I ...
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Punching bag training kicks/punches [closed]

Since sport club are closed, I would like to get some suggestion for training on my punching bag. I would like something that trains the whole body since I was practicing Muay Thaï and Taekwondo, but ...
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Why is the bob and weave not used much in MMA & Muay Thai or outside of boxing in general?

I have found a few examples detailing that bobbing and weaving is not as (if at all) effective outside of boxing, in scenarios where especially knees, kicks and elbows are involved. I understand ...
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Thigh kicks vs calf kicks, which are more dangerous?

Out of these two techniques which will do generally more damage to an opponent? My understanding is that since the nerves are more exposed in the calf it takes fewer calf kicks to cripple the leg, but ...
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Is there a risk of brain trauma in light sparring Muay Thai?

I'm really interested in training Muay Thai, but I really want to avoid any brain trauma. If I spar only lightly (to the head) once a week, will I be able to train for years while staying healthy as I ...
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Step in direction of roundhouse kick to inner thigh?

From college kickboxing class, I'm trying to recall the details of the lead roundhouse kick to an opponent's inner thigh. Assuming orthodox stance for both people, it would be a lead round-house to ...
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Which of these 2 shuffle roundhouse kicks is preferrable?

My lifestyle these days don't allow me to train in a club, but I do try to recall drills from college kickboxing class. I recall 2 ways of doing the shuffle roundhouse. I'm trying to choose the ...
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What sort of throws are illegal in Muay Thai and why?

I started to watch Muay Thai recently, and something I can't really wrap my head around is exactly what throws are illegal. Muay Thai abstains from many throws and takedowns you'd find in grappling ...
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Etiquette for sparring with women - How to find the balance and not do disservice?

How do I find the balance between being a jerk (i.e., one who is hitting too hard) and being someone who is doing a disservice to female sparring partners (i.e., one who avoids hitting and mostly just ...
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Should I rotate the standing foot to throw a roundhouse kick?

I stand southpaw, with my less flexible right foot in front. To throw a roundhouse kick, my Kyokushin training makes it feel natural for me to plant my left foot solid on the ground to kick with the ...
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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?

Edit 2: More information in the linked video: How To Beat Karate/Taekwondo Fighters Basically, keep your hands up to block the hook kick and the spinning side kick. And don't focus on catching the ...
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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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