While there are many forms of kickboxing, Muay Thai kickboxing is by far the most useful for self-defense. It is also the best kickboxing for improving fitness and building strength. While the following summary of Muay Thai kickboxing training might be a little intense, this form of martial art can be made to suit your needs and help you get in shape while learning how to kick butt.
Muay Thai kickboxing is probably the most brutal fighting style known to man. In all martial arts, there seems to be a combination of aesthetics, or how pleasing something looks, and functionality, how well something works. In Muay Thai, the way your technique “looks” is meaningless. Pretty moves are replaced by the cutting impact of elbows, the muscle deadening blows dealt by shins, and the brute force generated by knees. When it comes to dishing out some damage, Muay Thai kickboxing reigns supreme.
To compete in Muay Thai kickboxing seems to require a putting yourself through a great deal of pain and physical damage. While you may have no interest in stepping in the ring, being able to understand and utilize the weapons that Muay Thai creates could potentially save your life one day. Hopefully, you will never have to use it for a self defense purpose. This type of kickboxing training will certainly get you into great shape. There are few things that can engage the abdominal muscles more than throwing high roundhouse kicks. Using the knee strikes in Muay Thai is great for the lower abdominal region. While kickboxing is tough, simply training Muay Thai kickboxing doesn’t need to take a toll on your body and it will have incredible physique building benefits.
Women should understand that their fists will never be their most powerful weapons. While power can be developed in female hands, you might find it more efficient to use them as distractions for some seriously powerful kicks and knees. Men need to understand how much power they truly possess in dealing attacks with their lower bodies in conjunction with their hands. When one learns how to kick and knee correctly, there is so much power in the blow that it takes some conditioning for your own body to be able to handle the impact! However, certain parts of your body seem to have been created to function as weapons. Have you ever pinched the skin on your elbow? It doesn’t even hurt no matter how hard you try. If it doesn’t hurt, then why not hit your opponent with an elbow instead of a fist? There is a seriously jagged bone underneath this hard skin. It almost seems like it was meant for this use.
Muay Thai kickboxing training helps us to use every weapon that nature intended our bodies to have, and to do so with destructive force. This is a great way to have fun, get into shape, and keep yourself safe on the street.