The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly.
It’s that time of year again when people start to think about resolutions for the New Year. Whether you want to eat better, spend more time with your children, further your education, or break a bad habit, the New Year is a perfect time to seek out ways to better yourself, or get a fresh start altogether…through an Ancient Martial Art – Muay Thai.
As a Nak Muay, sparring is one of the most beneficial training tools in your arsenal. However, it can be tough and it takes real skill to be a good sparring partner.
ATTN: Muay Thai Newbies – If you are venturing into the Thai martial art of Muay Thai for the first time, read through a few tips to help you navigate through your first few months at a Muay Thai gym. [Related: Your First Muay Thai Class]
So you want to be a Nak Muay (Muay Thai Boxer)?
Shins: Muay Thai Questions on Reddit Answered by Kru Chris
When should I train in Muay Thai?
If you Google or YouTube “Muay Thai” or “Thai Boxing” one of the first things you’ll often see is a Thai Nak Muay with perfected technique kicking down what looks like a stalk or tropical tree.Though this imagery is fascinating much like how Karate Dojos chop through bricks, it is much more likely to cause injury than sharpen your technique (even for skilled fighters). [Related: Reddit’s Top Shin Questions Answered]
Chokeholds: Street v. Sport (and how to escape a chokehold)
Muay Thai: What your friends and family should know.
YOUR FIRST MUAY THAI CLASS – THE GUIDE
As the old adage goes, the best fight is the one you’re not in.
Combat sports and self defense are two totally different things. One is about strategy, endurance, and technicality.
Written by Shaida Hong (Muay Thai Motivation)
LEVEL UP BOXING – “SPAR WARS”
Training and one-on-one with Miriam Nakamoto.
A South Paw is someone who fights with their right hand and foot forward. These fighters are often difficult to counter by those not used to facing them. Some South Paws fight this way because they are naturally left handed while others adopt this stance in order to gain a competitive advantage.
Train Muay Thai from Home
Muay Thai Workshop in NoVA by Kru Chris
Ajarn Chai – A Man Who Got Hells Angels and FBI in One Room (Peacefully)
As someone who is just beginning to learn the art of Muay Thai, you will invariably encounter some challenges [Related: Intro Muay Thai at T.A.G. Muay Thai].
Muay Thai and Kickboxing Differences
Muay Thai Pads: What You Need to Know
Fighters in the UFC combine a variety of martial arts forms in order to be more competitive. However, there is no doubting the effectiveness of Muay Thai in the ring or cage! From brutal close-range strikes to control-gaining moves like the clinch, Muay Thai has proved to be an essential martial art practiced by UFC fighters. [Related: Did you know that Kru Chris has trained with UFC fighters?]
At T.A.G. Muay Thai, we often see new members who have practiced another martial arts discipline prior to training Muay Thai. After being in the martial arts community for some time, here’s what we’ve heard from folks switching from Taekwondo and BJJ to Muay Thai as well as those switching from Muay Thai to Mixed Martial Arts. [Related: The 411 On Martial Art Forms Sweeping the Nation]
Fighting someone shorter than you are can be a blessing- if you know how. I am a 5’10” female and I never fought another woman taller than myself.
Muay Thai America v. Thailand Rant by Ajarn Bryan Dobler
T.A.G. Muay Thai Heads to Lion Fight 25
Quickness is great for a sprinter but timing is much more important for a fighter. A common myth is that the larger someone is, the slower they are. Relying on swift movement and athleticism can get you only so far, especially at higher levels in Muay Thai. Practicing your timing and technique will help you beat someone larger and even quicker than you.
T.A.G. Muay Thai’s 2nd Sparring Exhibition
Muay Thai Rank, Armbands, & Belts
Muay Thai originated thousands of years ago in what is now known as Thailand. The art form was developed by warriors in need of a fighting style to combat opponents at any range and brutalize the enemy quickly. Like most martial art forms, Muay Thai has a few off-shoots in the kickboxing world – Dutch Muay Thai a.k.a Dutch Kickboxing is what we will cover today.
For many people, situational awareness and self-protection are not at the top of mind when running errands or enjoying an evening out. Though everyone here at T.A.G. Muay Thai hopes that no one encounters a dangerous scenario, there are things you can do to improve your odds of avoiding and surviving harassment.
Our bodies are wired to send strong signals when we feel a threat in order to avoid experiencing further pain or danger. Sometimes this exchange between our nerves and the brain can force us to have some unhealthy reactions during a fight. Read on to see if you are guilty of the most common impulses and if you are, find out how to correct those impulses.
11 Ways Muay Thai Traditions Can Make Us Better People
Aside from delivering super high kicks, flexible joints also allow Nak Muays to use less energy for the same movements. With flexibility comes a lowered risk of injury, quick muscle recovery, and better blood flow.
Just like in any sport of martial arts discipline, it is so important to develop good habits early on in training. Good habits can prevent injury, illness, shorten your learning curve, and help you to see results faster. Below we’ve outlined some basic good habits to maintain throughout Muay Thai training. [Related: 12 Unspoken Guidelines for Muay Thai Newbies]
Muay Thai Boxing and the Biomechanical Analysis of the Kinetic Chain
What is a Muay Thai Kru?
You trained hard, gave your respective martial art your all – blood, sweat, and maybe a few tears. Everything you’ve done up to the point of your fight was to prepare you for your fight! Though you may have gotten a few good strikes in, the outcome was not what you expected. It is easy to feel down on yourself and never fight again, but we’ve got some tips to keep your spirits and head high.
At T.A.G. Muay Thai, we really love Muay Thai, but our instructor as well as students often choose to learn from other martial arts disciplines which is a beautiful thing. We’ve highlighted 4 different martial art forms below that have been trending upwards in the USA for the past couple of years. Find out what makes each discipline so unique. Knowing the pros and cons may even help you decide which martial art form(s) is/are best for you.
SPAR WARS – RETURN OF THE G.O.A.T
A Necessary Tool for Muay Thai
Can Muay Thai Be Useful for Self-Defense in a Street Fight?
Muay Thai can be a demanding, yet rewarding combat sport.
WKA Worlds – Marie Competes on Team USA in Spain
Every single person on the planet can sometimes use encouragement from someone else, whether that form of encouragement comes from competition, a smile, or a motivational quote. Martial artist are no different, our team has scoured the internet for quotes to inspire and keep martial arts student pushing no matter what.
T.A.G. Muay Thai Joins Loudoun Fighters at Capital MMA
Written by Shaida Hong
Muay Thai is a unique martial art in that no other martial art uses the shin quite like Thai Boxers do. In Muay Thai, you kick with your shin, not your foot! This can cause some discomfort in the beginning or after your first fight.
If you would like to learn Muay Thai but are not sure how to get started, you are likely wondering where you can turn for answers. In their quest to master the art, some people try to learn the moves of Muay Thai by watching videos and practicing at home, but you must remember that Muay Thai mastery requires time, dedication, and training. [Related: Is learning Muay Thai dangerous?]
The boxing match that everyone has been talking about will soon be on television sets and big screens across every bar in America! If you still don’t know how to tune in, Fox Sports 2 will be showing the Mayweather v. McGregor fight for free. Not a Fox Sports 2 subscriber? Get updates every few seconds by following on Twitter or order Showtime pay-per-view services for $99.95. By the way, check out the fight card below:
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Why do you train Muay Thai? Establishing your motives for training is key to establishing your mentality.
Ajarn Bryan Dobler Workshop: Authentic Muay Thai at its Finest
Muay Thai Strength and Conditioning: Energy Systems
When signing up for a martial arts training program or more specifically a Muay Thai training program, your instructor and his/her gym should go through the ringer (according to Reddit.com).
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Before we even kick this blog post off, fights are scary and unpredictable.
Authentic Muay Thai fights and even knee or elbow strikes in popularized UFC fights tend to result in brutal and bloody scenes. Thousands of years ago, those movements were designed to cause maximum devastation as quickly as possible. Muay Thai practiced in a “training” setting is a scene that focuses on technique and less on blood and destruction.
I’ve taught hundreds of students in Law Enforcement Training and at my own gym, T.A.G. Muay Thai and when a prospect turns into a new student, 99% of the time, the same question is ALWAYS asked:
Mind Over Matter
John Wayne Parr Seminar at Double Dose Muay Thai
Foam rollers are cylinder-shaped trigger-point therapy tool used for stretching out sore muscles and relieving muscle tension. Foam rolling speeds up the process of Myofascial Release a.k.a muscle recovery, which increases blood flow and relaxes deep muscle tissue. Similar to yoga, foam rolling helps increase your flexibility, which is an awesome plus for any Nak Muay. [Related: 11 Tips To Improve Flexibility in Muay Thai]
For many Muay Thai students and fighters, the winter holidays mean that there is no rest for the weary. However, training may become logistically and psychologically difficult. It may be challenging to maintain a consistent training regime and mentality due to holiday travel and festivities, so below are five easy tips to make sure that you enter the new year physically and mentally ready to improve yourself and your craft.