MUAY THAI

Muay Thai is a stand-up striking system originating from Thailand.  It is also know as the art of eight limbs due to the fact that the strikes are made with the fists, elbows, knees, and legs.  The strikes involve the use of rotational strength of the body and are meant to penetrate deep into an opponent’s body damaging soft tissue and even the skeletal system. The closest thing to taking a muay thai kick to the ribs, head or thigh is getting hit with a baseball bat at full swing.  Muay thai is brutal but effective.

Traditionally Muay Thai fighters like to stand in front of each other and exchange blows. Evasion is rare, the preference is to simply block and absorb the opponent’s strikes.  At Izza MMA we have adopted a different approach to Muay Thai.  We look at it from the Mixed Martial Arts angle as well as from a self defense perspective.  Our Muay Thai is part of our Mixed Martial Arts so it includes aspects of Kickboxing & Western Boxing.  If given the choice it is better to be able to hit and not get hit.  This idea is more common in Boxing and kickboxing than in it is in Muay Thai.  This is because it is very rare for traditional Muay Thai Practitioner to break old habits and styles.

However When watching fights in the UFC or One FC you will notice that the fighters incorporate many techniques from Muay Thai but have moved away from the practice of standing there in front of someone and taking strikes.  Mixed Martial Arts is the closest thing to a street fight because you have to anticapate not only punches, knees, elbows, kicks but also take downs and submissions.  That is why many fighters that have Muay Thai as their base have learned to adapt it for this situation.

The key is learning to get in, do damage and get out before getting hit.  Learning how to smoothly switch between Muay Thai, Boxing and Wrestling.  Knowing when and how to throw leg kicks, knees, elbows and knowing when and how to focus mainly on punches alone.  Knowing when to take an opponent down and knowing what to do if you get taken down and most importantly, knowing when to block and when to evade.

Muay Thai has proven itself to be an essential component of MMA.  You cannot be a complete fighter without utilizing it.  Whether you are skilled or a newbie we will help you perfect your Muay Thai at our gym in Kota Damansara.  Our Muay Thai program is unique among all the other gyms in the PJ (Petaling Jaya), Selangor area because we understand the intricacies of adapting Muay Thai for Mixed Martial Arts and Self Defense.