Muay Thai vs. flaming pumpkin

Wednesday, December 28, 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 primary weapons used in the art of Muay Thai is the spinning heel kick. The spinning heel kick is a very effective and destructive maneuver which generates a lot of power and momentum and has been used on many occasions to deliver the knockout blow.

In the video below, Shane Fazen takes the power, speed, and effectiveness of this traditional martial arts kick to the next level by testing out its usefulness and ability to effect damage against a flaming pumpkin! Will the power and force be enough to smash this pumpkin? Check out the video below to find out.

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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