Muay Thai kick tested against … a guitar

Friday, December 30, 2016

Muay Thai is a combat is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.  This physical and mental discipline which includes kicking techniques that primarily focuses on the shin as a point of contact is known as “the art of the eight limbs.”

Muay Thai is known by this description as it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.  Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

Although modern day Muay Thai has employed the use of gloves and a rule set that was designed and put together by a sanctioning body to make the sport safer this has not always been the case.

In fact, traditional Muay Thai has very few rules, combatants did not wear gloves, and rounds, as well as the duration within said round, was agreed upon by the combatants and there was not a standard number of rounds or round length.  Some practitioners, even today, feel this is the true essence of Muay Thai and anything less is a bastardization of the sport.

One of the most recognizable, effective, and traditional kicks of Muay Thai is the Low Roundhouse Kick or the Low Leg Kick.  This quick and effective maneuver is one of those blows that inflicts damage in a cumulative manner where the damage delivered is exacerbated overtime with the results increasing at an exponential rate.  Many fights have been ended due to the damage inflicted over time by the Low Leg Thai Kick.

But just how powerful is this traditional technique? Shane Fazen aims to answer this question by testing out the power of this kick against, of all things, a guitar.  So check out the video below to see just how effective this technique is.

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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