13 years ago, I took my first Thai Boxing class. I was so out of shape, I almost threw up. But I went back the next day, and it changed my life forever.
Thai Boxing doesn’t require size or physical strength. If your technique is strong, if your breathing is right and your mind is set to the right level of intensity, you can create a massive amount of explosive, Thai Boxing power, no matter how big, or small, your muscles are.
Some refer to Thai Boxing as the Science of Eight Limbs, because of the way it uses punches, elbows, knees and kicks, making it an incredibly complete, and dynamic, martial art as well as workout.
Here is small sample of what those eight limbs are capable of:
The Jab, Cross, Hooks and Uppercuts are the different techniques that make up the Thai Boxing punching arsenal.
They are highly effective each on their own, but are at their best when combined with each other.
Coming from different angles and different distances, they each serve a purpose and must be repeated thousands of times to be mastered.
Elbows are a unique feature that makes Thai Boxing stand out among many other martial arts.
They are incredibly effective at close range and can be thrown from many different angles, making them a great tool for self-defence.
And 9 out of 10 people agree that it feels amazing to smash an elbow into the punching bag!
Some of the most exciting techniques in Thai Boxing are the flying and spinning elbows, rare and crowd favorite techniques in any competition.
Knees have so many different applications in Thai Boxing.
They can be thrown from the front, from the side, in the clinch or flying through the air.
They can also be part of a killer cardio workout.
Though they may seem simple enough to use, understanding the finer technical points will make a huge difference in how effective they really are.
People love kicks! Front kicks, roundhouse kicks, high kicks, low kicks, spinning kicks, all kinds of kicks for all different flavours.
They are the most powerful techniques in Thai Boxing, and the roundhouse kick is even considered one of the most powerful techniques in all martial arts.
As amazing as they are, for many they are the most difficult techniques to learn, requiring a combination of balance, agility and power.
As amazing as these techniques are on their own, the most beautiful aspect of Thai Boxing is when they all come together into a beautiful display of high impact combinations.
These high repetition based movements are also great for shredding muscles and getting incredibly fit, especially when they’re complemented with high intensity functional training.