About Muay Thai
Also called “Thai Boxing”, Muay Thai originates from Thailand and is a striking art. It is also known as the science of eight limbs using hands, feet, elbows, knees and clinch grappling. Muay Thai focuses on offensive and defensive training while conditioning your strength and stamina.
As Muay Thai uses all muscle groups, it is now also being used as a fun, safe and effective way to get into shape. Muay Thai is an ancient fighting art, that is also an engaging and encompassing workout.
Our classes begin with a well rounded warm-up to ready our bodies for training and focus our minds. The warm-up generally begins with skipping and body weight exercises. This is followed by a full body warm-up that focuses on movements that impact individual areas of the body, such as head rotations, hip twists, etc. The warm up is completed with some light footwork.
Strength and Conditioning
Strength and Conditioning focuses on building a good foundation upon which to practice Muay Thai. A stronger, more balanced base gives the Muay Thai practitioner a powerful advantage. This portion uses body weight exercises, as well as dynamic movements, such as squats, lunges, push ups and dive-bombers.
Technique / Pad Work
Before diving into pad work, the Muay Thai techniques and combinations are clearly broken down and drilled. An understanding of how to move and why we move is very important. Drilling also allows the practitioner to practice and make minute changes, which can greatly improve their technique and understanding of Muay Thai.
Pad work is when the students partner up to practice their technique and combinations while the instructors give individual attention. One partner holds the Muay Thai pads while the other strikes, wearing hand wraps and boxing gloves. The same techniques previously drilled are used during pad work to further the student's and body's understanding of the combination and the application of power. A second round of pad work is repeated with the partners switching pad and striking roles.
The abdomidal muscles are the core of every movement, we begin our cool down with a series of ab exercises which can include, sit-ups, crunches, planks etc.
We follow the ab work with a full body stretching routine to increase our flexibility, reduce risk of injury, focusing on the hardest worked muscle groups during class.
Finally we finish our class with light tempering to condition and harden ourselves.