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The style of Muay Thai (commonly referred to as kickboxing or Thai Boxing, although technically they have three slightly different sets of rules) traces it’s origins back to ancient Thailand where it was used in warfare and as a means of self defence.
Muay Thai provides students with a martial arts system that has strong self defence applications and incorporates both competitive and sporting elements. The syllabus includes a grading system, similar to the coloured belts system used in most martial arts. This grading system makes our Muay Thai school preferable to other, non-graded schools, as it differentiates between the levels of students (preventing advanced students from being mismatched with newer students – a situation that is not desirable for either) and provides them with feedback on their progress as well as achievable goals.
A typical beginners Muay Thai class begins with a short warm-up, often followed by some skipping and then stretching, push-ups and sit-ups. Students then move into some shadow boxing, followed by pad work with a partner. Pad work entails pairing up with another student, one holds protective pads whilst the other goes through punching, kicking, knee and elbow combinations and then they alternate. After pad work, depending on the particular class, students may be given the opportunity to test their skill through some partner drills (mock sparring). shadow_warrior_small
Our Muay Thai classes provide a great work-out and are appropriate for both men and women of all ages. Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace and whilst our instructors will always aim to help you find your personal limits and push beyond them it is important to note that we’ll never ask you to do something that we know you can’t, and we don’t yell, scream, or belittle our students when they may find a particular drill difficult – Muay Thai is supposed to be fun! And it is!