MUAY THAI & CARDIO KICKBOXING PROGRAM
ABOUT MUAY THAI
Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Almost all Muay Thai techniques use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow and block. Developed over a thousand years ago, its roots are still largely unknown. This ancient yet practical system is one of the most effective, basic and brutal of all stand-up fighting styles known today.
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means "to bind together". Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight points of contact, as opposed to two points (fists) in boxing and four points (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and boxing.
Like most competitive full contact fighting sports, Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay Thai is designed to promote the level of fitness required for ring competition. Training regimens include many staples of combat sport conditioning such as running, jumping rope, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training, thus giving a great workout.
Training that is specific to a Muay Thai fighter includes training with a partner on Thai pads, focus mitts, heavy bags, and sparring. Thai pad training is a cornerstone of Muay Thai conditioning which involves practicing punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes with a trainer or partner wearing thick pads which cover the forearms and hands. These special pads are used to absorb the impact of the fighter’s strikes and allow the fighter to react to the attacks of the pad holder in a live situation.
MUAY THAI & CARDIO KICKBOXING AT GRACIE BARRA WESTCHASE
Our Muay Thai and Cardio Kickboxing program is designed to give students of all ages and sizes a full understanding and range of knowledge of Muay Thai as a sport and Cardio Kickboxing classes are designed to give students an unparalleled workout, practicing drills and using circuit training to keep your body moving and heart rate up throughout the entire workout. They are the perfect combination for learning the art of Muay Thai and getting into shape.
The one-hour Cardio Kickboxing classes begin with light stretches and a cardio warm up. Typical routines include a series of repetitive punches, hand strikes, kicks and other self-defense moves using conventional heavy bags and training pads with a partner, which provide both resistance training and cardiovascular benefits to its participants.
CARDIO KICKBOXING MOVEMENTS
• Kicks- The kicks play a big role in strengthening the legs. This is especially true when it comes to the thigh and hamstring muscles.
• Knee moves- There are different knee moves in cardio kickboxing which help to firm abdominal muscles. These also help the torso to be a straight and solid base.
• Punches and jabs- When it comes to the upper body, these are what can help shape the back and shoulders. Performing these punches and jabs can help strengthen and tone shoulder and back muscles.
Performing the kicks and punches with appropriate power and precision will help to strengthen not just the lower body, but the upper body as well. Cardio kickboxing also involves a lot of jumping, twists and turns. This ensures that the whole body is put through a rigorous workout. Besides burning calories, it also increases muscle definition in almost all areas of the body.
MUAY THAI IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS
Today, Muay Thai techniques and training systems have been incorporated into many other styles and competitions, including the hugely popular Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Pride, K1 and Strikeforce.
Muay Thai, like boxing and various forms of kickboxing, is recognized as a very effective striking base within MMA, and is very widely trained among fighters. Fighters such as Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Alistair Overeem and Gina Carano use a broad range of Muay Thai tactics.