Muay Thai, in my opinion, is the best stand up martial art in the world, I’m obviously biased having fallen in love with it years ago but I do also hold black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing so I feel I’m coming from an educated view point.
Below are eight reasons I feel anyone looking for a martial art should take up Muay Thai over any other striking art.
1) Variety of techniques.
Most combat sports are restricted by the rules of that Martial Art, for instance you can’t use elbow or knee strikes in Tae Kwon Do, you can’t do low kicks in Kickboxing ect ect.
Muay Thai offers the broadest range of techniques in all striking Martial Arts, you can punch, kick, knee, and elbow, which makes Muay Thai a ‘complete’ Martial Art.
2) Great for self-defence.
As well as the huge range of strikes allowed in Muay Thai, you are also allowed to clinch. Clinch work is a form of vertical grappling where you try to put your opponent in a position to deliver knee or elbow strikes. This makes it ideal for self defence as most violent encounters normally end up in some form of vertical grappling and having training in clinch work is essential to surviving a violent encounter.
3) Constantly Evolving.
Muay Thai is not a traditional martial art, we’re not trying to replicate movements that someone did hundreds of years ago. Muay Thai is a sport where new techniques, strategy’s and training constantly evolve, in the same way that any sport would look very different fifty or one hundred years ago.
This ensures Muay Thai training stays fresh and current and you always have more to learn.
4) The most efficient stand up art for MMA.
Nearly every top mixed martial arts fighter learns Muay Thai as it allows the greatest range of striking techniques and is constantly tested in a competitive arena. Its striking techniques and clinch work have been proven to be effective thousands of times in the cage and continues to be the top choice for MMA athletes.
5) Great for fitness.
Muay Thai practitioners are some of the fittest athletes around due to the nature the training. Our classes involve a warm up such as skipping and shadow boxing, a body weight or kettlebell workout, striking on the pads and bags and partner work. This will make you stronger, improve your cardiovascular fitness, lose weight and help to relieve stress.
Dorchester Martial Arts is part of the world respected Phraya Pichai Muay Thai Camp. We regularly host the chief instructor for grading’s and seminars to allow members to progress through the structured grading syllabus. By hosting an outside instructor, members benefit from other coaching experiences and teachings. Grading’s offer a sense of achievement for both adults and children and its proven that you are more likely to continue training with a short and long term goal such as reaching the equivalent grade to black belt.
7) Everyone can do it.
One of the best things about Muay Thai is that my gran could do it. As it allows low kicks you don’t need to be super flexible and you work at your own pace on the pads and bags. This literally makes it accessible to anybody, age or fitness levels really don’t matter just the positive attitude to learn!
Muay Thai is a combat sport but 95% of its practitioners take it up for fitness or to learn a new hobby and will never fight in the ring. For the 5% that do, Muay Thai offers a safe progressive rule set so you’re not thrown into the deep end on your first bout.