Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Muay Thai Kickboxing Techniques

Muay Thai Kickboxing Techniques

Muay Thai has its own unique techniques. But unlike other martial arts such as Wushu and Arnis, it doesn't use any weapons such as swords or sticks. Instead, this combat sport treats the body as a weapon itself. In the earlier times, Muay Thai consisted of weapons namely the head, fists, elbow, knee and the feet. These weapons were collectively known as Na-wa-arud. These days however, it is no longer allowed to use the head in competitions, but enthusiasts can still learn how to attack using the head for self defense.

What sets it apart from other martial arts is that it involves a variety of methods to attack and defend. Martial arts such as Karate and Taekwondo only focuses on the hand and feet when attacking. In this combat sport, all the parts of the body can be used to attack as well as defend. So to better understand how this combat sport works, let me share to you some basic moves and techniques used.


Punching is less used in combat because it makes the fighter vulnerable to knee and elbow strikes from the opponent. It's considered to be less effective than other techniques such as elbow and knee strikes.

Types of Punches: straight punch, hook, swing, spinning back fist, upper cut, cobra punch, overhead punch


The elbow is used in various ways in Muay Thai. It's also considered as one of the most powerful part of the body that you can use to attack your opponent.

Types of Elbow Techniques: elbow slash, horizontal elbow, upper cut elbow, forward elbow thrust, reverse horizontal elbow, elbow chop, double elbow chop, mid air elbow strike


Muay Thai also involves a lot of kicking. It's one of the its striking similarities to other martial arts.

Types of Kicking Techniques: straight kick, nutcracker kick, round house kick, diagonal kick, half spin half knee kick, spinning hill kick, down round house kick, axe hill kick, jump kick, step up kick


Just like elbows, knees are also used in different ways. It's also considered as one of the most powerful part of the body that you can use to attack your opponent.

Types of Knee Techniques: straight knee strike, diagonal knee strike, curving knee strike, horizontal knee strike, knee slap, knee bomb, flying knee strike, step up knee strike


There are different defensive techniques that you can use against attack. It is classified into six types namely: blocking, redirection, avoidance, evasion, disruption and anticipation.

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