Is Muay Thai effective on the street?
To become proficient in Muay Thai, or any other martial art for that matter, it takes time, dedication, and patience. Probably not something the other guy has thought about.
Generally speaking, if you don’t have the tools to play a specific game, you will lose.
The fight starts off kind of slow with the Muay Thai fighter feeling ou30t the distance by throwing a few low leg kicks. Then, he lands a leg kick to his opponent’s neck, sending him to the pavement.
The minute the kid goes down and the Muay Thai fighter tries to follow up, everybody starts screaming “chill!” Hopefully, the losing kid learned a valuable lesson. i.e. show up with the tools needed.
Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on shins is known as “the art of eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.
Formal muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: mae mai or major techniques and luk mai or minor techniques. Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another.
This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit where the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable.
Almost all techniques use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow, and block.
If you have ever considered it, chances are you’ve gotten slightly nervous at the prospect of your first lesson.
After all, Muay Thai is a brutal looking sport: two guys (or girls) in a ring, pummeling the heck out of each other, and hoping to come out of it intact… And in a 16ft x 16ft ring, there is not much room for hiding!
Even seasoned martial artists have been known to dread taking it up, as the sport is renowned for its emphasis on hard sparring (as opposed to forms), and its demanding conditioning regime.