Träning thaiboxning is an exciting and highly-physical combat sport based on a combination of punches, elbow strikes, kicks and knees. Whether you’re looking to take your fitness and fighting skills to the next level or simply get into shape, training in this striking style is a fun and effective way to build strength and endurance. The ever-increasing popularity of the sport has attracted a wide range of fighters, from those who just want to shed some pounds to those who seek professional-level competition.
While the art is now practiced all over the world, it’s still deeply rooted in Thai culture. The origins of Muay Thai are unclear, but most experts agree that it likely developed from a blend of the martial arts of India and China.
It’s thought that the first fights were held between two warriors using their bare knuckles. They would hang a lime or coconut from a tree and punch, kick and knee the moving target. This is a popular training technique today, and can often be seen at shows for tourists throughout the Kingdom of Thailand.
During the reign of King Rama VII (1925-1935), rules and regulations were introduced to the sport, which was becoming a national fighting art. A standard ring was built at Suan Kulap in 1921, and referees were introduced. Also, the traditional rope-binding of a fighter’s hands was replaced with gloves to protect their knuckles and wrists from potentially vicious cutting and slicing strikes.
The kicking techniques in Thai boxing include high, low, and side kicks. A fighter’s shins and forearms are specially trained and hardened to play the role of armor and shield in the sport, so it’s important to train them regularly.
In addition to kicking, Thai boxers use a variety of punches and elbow strikes to knock their opponents out of the ring. Those with good timing and the ability to anticipate an opponent’s movements can do some serious damage with a combination of these powerful attacks.
When starting out, it’s best to focus on the basic punches, kicks and knees. The more advanced moves like spinning back elbows and flying knees can come later, once a fighter has mastered the basic strike techniques. It’s also important to start out training at a gym that focuses on proper form and technique. A fighter who comes from a grappling style like Brazilian jiu-jitsu may have a difficult time transitioning to the stance and movement of Thai boxing at first, but with dedication they will eventually find their groove.