What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai (also referred to as Thaiboxing or Thai Kickboxing) is a combat sport and martial art originating in Thailand.
As with Boxing, there are two competition streams in Muay Thai:
Amateur: Contested with Protective Padding and Head Guard
Professional: The more common variety, only gloves, mouthguard and groin cup.
In Thailand, fights promotions are conducted on almost a daily basis at various Stadiums. The biggest and most well known being Lumpinee and Rajadamnern Stadiums in Bangkok. Other well know promotions through out the world include: Thai Fight, Muay Thai Max, Lion Fight and right here in Melbourne, Rebellion Muay Thai.
Benefits of Muay Thai training:
A broad range of people take up training Muay Thai for a variety of reasons. If having a professional or amateur fight isn’t your thing, don’t worry! There are many amazing benefits of learning Muay Thai including:
General Fitness (Fat loss, increased Cardiovascular Fitness and Strength)
Increased Flexibility and Mobility
A great social activity
How to get started:
If you have zero or little experience in Muay Thai we recommend you begin with our Beginner Courses.
If you have trained before, we encourage you to attend our general Muay Thai Classes.
What skills are involved in Muay Thai:
Muay Thai is often referred to as the Art of 8 Limbs due to the use of a number of strikes which set it apart from many other combat sports. Where as Western Boxing relies on Punching only and western kickboxing on Punching and Kicking, the practitioner in Muay Thai uses the Fists, the Elbows, the Knees and the lower legs (Feet and Shins). Having two of each that gives us the 8 Limbs/Weapons.
In addition to the strikes, there is also correct stance and footwork, balance, defence, timing, distancing and clinching (stand up wrestling combined with the knee strikes) to learn to round out the full Muay Thai arsenal.
Typical training session:
After completing the Beginner Muay Thai Course, the student progresses to the General Classes. Although classes will vary from day to day there are some core features that are an essential part of Muay Thai training:
Pad Work with partners or trainer