Modern American Muay Thai
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Thai army. It evolved from the sword fighting system known as Krabi Krabong. Early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Thai Army against each other in unarmed combat referred to Muay Boran. It had very few rules, no time limit, and no weight classes. In the early 20th century Muay Thai was introduced it had the same look of Muay Boran but included time limits, boxing style gloves, and a uniform set of rules. Today Muay Thai is practiced all over the world by hundreds of thousands of people.
Known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai features punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling, and head-butts to wear down your opponent. The Thai training methods developed amazing power, speed, and cardiovascular endurance. It’s also quite safe thanks to sophisticated training that’s evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights. Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and has been embraced enthusiastically by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military and law enforcement activities.
What is Modern American Muay Thai?
Although our foundation lies in Muay Thai, we build upon that art by borrowing from other systems and styles. This allows us to train and develop without being stylistically limited. Our system uses street and ring proven tactics taught in a safe environment. Skills, techniques, and concepts come from Muay Thai, American Kickboxing, Western Boxing, the Filipino Martial Arts, Jun Fan Gung Fu and various other fighting systems.
Combat Theory – Self Defense
Our Self Defense program is broken into two distinct areas and typically taught through 6-8 week courses.
Empty Hand Tactics – Focusing on all areas of combat, Empty Hand Tactics looks at how to defend yourself without a weapon (or more accurately when your body is the weapon). Kicking, Striking, Clinching & Dirty Boxing skills are the primary focus in these classes. Ground combat is also covered. Each class begins with a warm-up, followed by drills, and is concluded with a Pressure Check. Elements from Jun Fan Gung Fu, Western Boxing, Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts, Judo, Wrestling and Krav Maga are introduced.
Weapon Tactics – Focusing primarily on middle to close range combat, Weapon Tactics looks at how to defend yourself with or against a weapon. Blunt and bladed weapons are the primary focus in this class. Projectile weapons are also covered with some focus on firearms use and handgun disarms. Each class begins with a warm-up, followed by drills and is typically concluded with some light sparring (watched closely by an instructor in a safe environment). Filipino Kali is the primary martial art taught in these classes; however some elements of other martial arts are introduced.
Fighter Strength & Conditioning
Today’s successful Combat or Tactical Athlete can’t just be martial artist, they must also be working towards optimal physical condition. Our Strength and Conditioning program has been developed utilizing the latest research on combat sports, exercise science and best practices as prescribed by the UFC Performance Institute. Our Goal is to take our young martial artists and give them the tools and education to reach the highest levels as a combat\tactical athlete. This style of training not only turns martial artists into high level competitors but also provides everyday people with the functional movement needed to master the day and look great while doing it!