Background of Muay Thai:
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai is an ancient Thai Martial Art of self-defense. It is one of the most effective and proven methods of using all parts of your body, such as hands (fists), feet, elbow, and knees as your defending weapons.
The Boxing, or Muay Thai as it is called in Thailand, is the most popular spectator sport in Thailand. Its real origins probably will never be known, since Thailands early historical records were lost forever in 1769 when Burmese armies laid siege to Siams ancient capital, Ayutthay. According to stories from the region of king Naresuen the Great (1590-1605), Muay Thai was a part of military training. The king was an expert in individual combat techniques; he won several contest and became a national hero at 22. Warriors learned Muay Thai to supplement the sword and pike in close-range fighting.
Muay Thai reached its height in popularity during the region of Pra Chau Sua (1703-09). Siam was at peace and Muay Thai became the favorite past time of the population. Prize-fights were staged in every village. In those days it was customary to bind hands and forearms with strips of horse hide, to protect ones own skin and to inflict the maximum damage to an opponents face.
In 1970s modern boxing gloves were introduce and metal groin protectors added for safety. The contest always begins with a rite or invocation that is typically Indian in nature. A bout consists of five 3-minute rounds with 2-minute rest periods. The fight is controlled by a referee and two judges, who keep score cards. Decisions are arrived at by knockout (count of 10), a technical knockout-the result of serious injury, or by throwing in the towel, or on points tallied by the officials. Points are awarded for any legitimate attack that weakens the opponent. If the contestants have an equal number of points a draw is declared. The referees decision is final, and judges have no right to dispute the result. No contest is declared when a boxer shows poor technique or lack fighting spirit. Hip and shoulder throws are not allowed, neither are head butts, choking, or biting, or attacking when an opponent is down.
Modern Thai boxing has about 30 major basic techniques. There are six ways of the fist, five elbow techniques, seven different kicks and five ways of using the foot for pushing or thrusting. Training sessions are strict; boxers workout every day after their regular job. Except for a few camps, training is conducted outside.
Kids Muay Thai:
Kids always benefit from Muay Thai training. They never get unrealistic self-confidence. Again, you can not learn real Muay Thai and still be disillusioned or confused. Comparatively speaking, usually within one year, a kid will be more proficient (giving all things are equal) than a typical stand-up style Martial Artist in actual combat/free sparring. The reason for this is that from day one, Muay Thai is focused on being physically (Conditioning) and mentally (Technically) prepared to fight, for real! Thats Muay Thai!
Womens Muay Thai:
Ladies and young girls come and train at Extreme Power Gym primarily for conditioning and self-defense. When you train in traditional Muay Thai, these two aspects are automatically covered. Ladies, at this gym, you will never waist your time or money!