MMA MUAY THAI Huddersfield

Muay Thai toughens your mind, body, and spirit

Muay Thai toughens your mind, body, and spirit. 

The art of Muay Thai toughens your mind, body, and spirit. As the late great Muay Thai Grandmaster Kru Yodtong Senanan once said, “Muay Thai is good for your confidence and inner strength.” On top of enhancing your physical conditioning, Muay Thai builds confidence and promotes discipline of the mind through the control of emotions and feelings.

Muay Thai

Although Muay Thai is most thought of as a combat sport, the techniques you learn in a Muay Thai class can keep you safe on the street. Muay Thai is also one of the few martial arts in the world that has been undeniably battle-tested and street certified for real-life encounters. Although widely regarded as a striking based martial art, Muay Thai also contains throwing techniques, locks, the using of an opponent’s own momentum, and even submissions. The conditioning of mind, body, and spirit involved in Muay Thai also gives practitioners the confidence needed for real-life self defence situations. Muay Thai has a heavy emphasis on free sparring rather that training technique against a static/complicit training partner.

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Verbal Self Defence

Trying not to have a confrontation in the first place is best, but this is not always possible. Awareness and avoidance is key to keeping you in-tune with your surroundings so you can deal with potential threats. What if they aren’t enough and you still find yourself in harm’s way?

The Fence

Running is always the best choice. But not all situations lend themselves very well for running, such as toilets, lifts, stairwells etc. Along with use of the ‘Fence’ (see right), you have another very powerful weapon that can help you walk away unscathed, your voice, or verbal self defence.

De-escalation involves using your voice to prevent a potentially dangerous situation from becoming a physical confrontation that could result in injury. Ways to do that can include simply listening, distracting the other person, re-focusing the other person on something positive, changing the subject, empathising with the other person or outlining choices.

Since about 80% to 90% of our communication is non-verbal, it’s important to make sure our words are in tune with our body language.

Examples of things to avoid:

  • Finger pointing may be seen as threatening
  • Shoulder shrugging may be viewed as uncaring
  • Rigid walking, pacing or pumping up the chest may be seen as challenging
  • Speaking through clenched teeth shows non-willingness to listen to another side of the story.
  • Quick movements – which many make when they are nervous, may unintentionally startle or scare others

The Shield

The Shield negates the problem of predicting the attackers actions. By knowing through research and experience, that most emotionally driven aggression is directed towards the face/head, and protecting this area is key to being able to survive the initial onset of an attack and then respond appropriately. In laymans terms, by the time I’ve worked out which block to use, I’ve already been punched in the face! Don’t correctly, the Shield works particularly well for defending against multiple attackers.

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