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Muay Thai & Kickboxing

Muay Thai’s origins as a martial art date back to the 16th century, where it was born as a fighting style used by the soldiers of King Naresuan in the Kingdom of Siam. Besides being used as a fighting technique in actual warfare, Muay Thai gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples, and is now practiced by martial artists across the world.

Kickboxing is a relatively young martial art, originating in Japan in the 1950’s. Also a stand-up style, the main difference between Kickboxing and Muay Thai is the stance, which relies on keeping the face and body protected tightly. This program will help you increase your strength, stamina, flexibility, and coordination.

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About Muay Thai and Kickboxing

Muay Thai is a stand-up style of martial arts that combines striking with clench techniques in a more open stance than kickboxing or boxing. The open stance earned this sport the nickname “Art of Eight Limbs,” as it utilizes eight contact points – elbows, knees, fists, feet.

As a martial art, Muay Thai focuses heavily on physical conditioning. As such, practitioners utilize a number of traditional conditioning exercises such as running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training.

Kickboxing is also a stand-up style of martial arts that focuses on kicking and punching. In common usage, Kickboxing includes a variety martial arts, including Muay Thai, Kun Khmer, Savate, Adithada, Lethwei, Sanda, and certain styles of karate.

Practiced as a method of self defense as well as for physical fitness and conditioning, kickboxing has contributed to the emergence of mixed martial arts through its combination with ground fighting techniques from Brazilian jiu-jitsu and folk wrestling.

Stand-up, or striking martial arts play with the concept of controlling the space between you and your opponent.

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