Muay Thai kickboxing is a form of close contact martial arts that uses the body as a weapon. More simply, it’s Thai boxing as the sport originated from Thailand.
Muay Thai is commonly referred to as “the art of eight limbs” because of the eight contact points used in combat: the shins, knees, elbows, and hands. In a combat situation, these limbs become the weapons of war. The shins act as armor, the knees as axes, the elbows as hammers, and the hands as a sword or dagger. Each limb serves a separate but equally important purpose in battle. In recent years, Muay Thai kickboxing has exploded into the mainstream. Its popularity comes from the fact that Muay Thai has proven to strengthen those who regularly practice both physically and mentally.
The History of Muay Thai Kickboxing
Muay Thai kickboxing has a long and rich history, dating back as early as the 13th century. Muay Thai originated from constant warfare. Thailand needed the ability to wage war and ultimately defend their kingdom from neighboring threats.
Over time, training camps began to pop up and Thai soldiers were taught close combat to learn how to use their entire bodies as weapons in war. This training became embedded in Thai culture – gaining popularity with both commoners and royalty – for several reasons including exercise, discipline, and self-defense.
In the early 1900s, Muay Thai became the official sport of Thailand and began to evolve into the modern sport we know today rather than just a mechanism for self-defense.
As a popular form of martial arts, Muay Thai kickboxing is a full-body workout. Practicing Muay Thai involves the comprehensive training of several different muscle groups, making it a great sport for burning fat and building muscle.
To succeed in the ring, Muay Thai kickboxing demands various training activities, such as running, jumping rope, kickboxing, sparring, and more. It’s not uncommon to burn between 1,000 and 1,200 calories during one 60-90 minute session. Muay Thai is known for its incredible cardiovascular, weight loss, and body contouring benefits.
Though it’s a great workout, Muay Thai is not for the faint of heart. It’s a grueling workout designed specifically to push you to your limits and challenge your strength, endurance, and mental toughness. But those willing to put in the work will reap the benefits.
Not only does Muay Thai kickboxing get you in the best shape of your life, it also teaches self-discipline and builds mental strength. The mental aspect of training Muay Thai, as well as many other forms of martial arts, is equally as important (if not more) than the physical.
For success in Muay Thai, you have to fully commit yourself to the sport because there is no way to cheat skill mastery. This means setting goals, training to achieve them, and eventually crushing them.
Sticking to a rigorous training schedule and achieving your goals cultivates healthy habits and teaches the true value of hard work and dedication, which is an important lesson in and out of the ring.
Razor’s Edge MMA Approach To Muay Thai Kickboxing
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