Muay Thai at TheFightLab

Muay Thai is a standup form of combat & competition from Thailand. Muay Thai has a heavy focus of low kicks, elbows & standup grappling, referred to as clinch. Muay Thai is ideal for fitness, sport, self defence & weighloss. We train Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays at Urban Fitness & Combat in Lockwood, Huddersfield. Beginners welcome. £6

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Reality Based Training

Every time you learn a new skill to a good level of competence, you give yourself options that you wouldn’t have had, and any one of them just might be your key to surviving a potential threat to life event one day. Personal Protection options steer us away from the physical, this is then supported with a tool box of hand-to-hand skills as our main foundational tools. 

Some obvious Self Protection skills would include:

Environmental awareness

  1. Does my assailant have friends nearby? Could this become multiple attacker situation.
  2. Is this a bad area? 
  3. Am I restricting my movement? Flat soled shoes I can’t run in. Jeans I can’t kick or knee in. A tight shirt I can’t strike in.
  4. Am I in a restricted area? A subway? A room with only 1 exit. A toilet cubicle. Many professional bouncers, when going to the toilet on the job lock themselves in the cubicle instead of using the urinal in case of an attack from behind.

Verbal Self Defence (talking someone down)

  1. Don’t answer a question with another question, escalating the situation.
  2. Correct use of body language. Non-combative & non-threatening.
  3. Take the conversation off in a different direction.

The ultimate progression for these said skills can be developed with realistic scenario training that will allow us to apply our skill under adrenaline based, replicated circumstance to prepare for a likely event.

Tonight’s Classes 

In class tonight we worked on core striking skills, #panantukan entries, Muay Thai clinch knees & ground pins & joint locks. In the second class we worked our #Boxing, #MuayThai sparring, 6 count #Sinawali with double stick, single stick hubud & single stick sombrada.Integrated Defence Concepts. #selfdefence based #martialarts at Urban Fitness & Combat in #Huddersfield www.thefightlab.org

The 5 ways of attack

Single Direct Attack
– Commonly called SDA, this is nothing more than the shortest distance from weapon to target is a straight line.

Attack by Combination

– This is a sequence of two or more single attacks. They can be any combination, foot, fist, knee or whatever.

Attack by drawing

– In Attack by drawing you sucker the fellow in. You can do this by leaving an exposed target for him, or by moving so that he will respond in a certain manner, and so on.

Progressive Indirect Attack

– The fourth of the Five Ways of Attack is to move in a way that the opponent moves, and then shift your intention and attack along another line. For instance, a simple example of this would be to feint a punch to the face, and when the attacker raises his hands to block you punch him in the belly.Self defence Huddersfield

Hand Immobilisation Attack

– Attack by trapping. The idea is to slap your hands over or down, or somehow manipulate the opponent’s hands so they are trapped. You then take advantage of confusion, and usually superior positioning.

Women in Muay Thai 

Trying to encourage more women to take up Muay Thai Boxing! •Lose weight •Get fit •Learn self defence!

Classes in Lockwood, Huddersfield

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Women Muay Thai Boxing Huddersfield

Women Muay Thai Boxing Huddersfield

Nai Khanomtom

In the late eighteenth century, during one of the many wars between the Kingdom of Burma and the Siamese kingdom of Ayutthaya (in modern-day Thailand), a famed Thai boxer named Nai Khanomtom and several of his comrades were captured and held in Burma. After seven years of captivity, the Burmese king organized a festival. He wanted to see his Burmese boxers fared against the Thai boxers. Nai Khanomtom was chosen to represent the Thais against the Burmese champion. As is custom, Khanomtom opened the fight with his Wai Kru dance—this mystified the Burmese, who had never seen one before. He then brutally knocked out the Burmese champion. The Burmese thought the Wai Kru was some sort of black magic which had aided him, and the king ordered that he face more Burmese boxers. Man after man fell. The tenth Burmese boxer to face Khanomtom was a champion, but was mangled by Khanomtom’s kicks and was knocked out just as the previous nine had been. After seeing this, no Burmese fighter dared step into the ring with him. The Burmese king was impressed with Nai Khanomtom, and is believed to have said, “Every part of the Siamese is blessed with venom. Even with his bare hands, he can fell nine or ten opponents. But his Lord was incompetent and lost the country to the enemy. If he had been any good, there was no way the City of Ayutthaya would ever have fallen.” The Burmese king granted Nai Khanomtom his freedom along and his triumph is celebrated every year on March 17 in Thailand as National Muay Thai Day. However, the martial art that Khanomtom used was not called Muay Boran. There are several old styles that were developed in various regions of Thailand that are now lumped into the term Muay Boran (literally “Ancient Boxing”), such as Muay Chaiya, Muay Thasao, Muay Lopburi, and Muay Korat. But regardless on which regional variant it was, both have been driven to near-extinction due to the popularity of the stand up only ring sport we now know as Muay Thai (or, “Thai Boxing”).