A Look Into Muay Thai (Kickboxing)

Muay Thai is a martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles of kickboxing, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from muay boran, Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport.

History
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science 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 Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.

Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout mainland Southeast Asia.In Thailand, Muay Thai evolved from muay boran (ancient boxing), an unarmed combat method which would probably have been used by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle. Some believe that the ancient Siamese military created Muay Boran from the weapon-based art of krabi krabong but others contend that the two were merely developed alongside each other. Krabi krabong nevertheless was an important influence on Muay Boran and so Muay Thai can be seen in several kicks, holds and the movements in the wai khru which have their origins in armed combat. (Excerpt from Wikipedia)

SFRPD Muay Thai Fitness class incorporates strikes that use the hands, feet, shins, elbows, and knees. This class will focus on increasing cardio endurance and strengthening core muscle groups by intensive calisthenics drills and by kicking & striking pads. This is nota mainstream cardio kickboxing class. If you’re interested in getting a full body workout and want to try something new then this is the class for you!

To sample the class click here: Muay Thai – Fitness