Saturday, 4 February 2012

Muay Thai Movie Reviews

Ong Bak - Muay Thai Movies Reviews

Ong Bak - The Thai Warrior

Amazon.co.uk Review:

No computer graphic can ever surpass what a real human body can do--and what the body can do is on spectacular display in Ong-Bak, a Thai action movie starring the lithe and flexible Tony Jaa. When the head is stolen from a holy statue in Jaa's rural village, he goes to Bangkok to get it back. Of course, it just so happens that the thief is connected to a bar where criminal big shots gamble over bare-knuckle brawls, and Jaa is--despite his virtuous efforts--drawn into the game. But that's only the beginning; a chase through the city streets rivals the ingenious acrobatics of Jackie Chan, with Jaa leaping between panes of glass, over a bicycle in motion, and through a wreath of barbed wire. Jaa's fighting prowess has been compared to Bruce Lee, Jet Li, and just about every other martial arts master, but he has an equal degree of charisma as well. He won't win acting awards, but his engaging presence carries the movie. One word of warning: The numerous fights will make you wince as much as gape in astonishment. Ong-Bak follows the action-flick tradition that the hero needs to be as battered as possible before he ultimately triumphs, and the battering is intense. -Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com - Product deatailsKing Warrior Movie The Protector




The Protector movie, also known as King Warrior

Customer review:

Tony jaa, is great again-fantastic stunts,a radical fusion of brutal and stylish muay thai moves, stunning visuals, and emotive drama, The Protector is the ultimate tribute to the unique vision of director prachya pinkaew and the prective, charismatic talents of leading martial artist in thai boxing TONY JAA. Product details

Friday, 3 February 2012

Muay Thai Pads

Muay Thai Pads
Muay Thai Shin Pad
Shin instep pad leg & foot protector PVC Martial Arts Kick Boxing training Protective gear with removable shoes Black Large

This shin and instep is made from High Quality pure synthetic leather material and is padded with EVA foam which has light weight properties and a great impact absorption qualities. The Pads are contoured so that they hug the shin and provide a snug fitting to the shin which minimises movement during contact. The elasticised straps fit comfortably around the leg.

The removable foot pad is generously padded to cover the whole foot. It has an adjustable strap at the back which is cushioned to give extra comfort. Its special design keeps the toes inside the instep ensuring full protection during use.

We are confident that you will be pleased with these pads and if they do not meet your expectations then we are happy to exchange or refund.

The product is made to the highest specification and is quality tested and guaranteed. This has made it the choice of professionals and that is the reason we are supplying these to world class health clubs, gyms and Boxing clubs.

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Thursday, 2 February 2012

Kickboxing Training Books

Product Description
This book, written by an acknowledged expert on this fascinating fighting art, provides a detailed analysis of the techniques of Muay Thai [Thai Kick Boxing] and their application to street protection. Ultimate Muay Thai is aimed at those with an interest in the martial arts in general and those with a specific interest in Muay Thai whether they are beginners, intermediates or advance practitioners.

About the Author
Bob Spour has thirty-five years experience of the martial arts and has spent twenty-five years studying Muay Thai both in Thailand and UK. He is also Chief Instructor to over forty-five camps worldwide, collectively known as the Phraya Pichai Camps International. In 1996 he qualified as a Judge and a Referee for Muay Thai.


Muay Thai Training Video Clips


Muay Thai Training Video Clips

There are loads of great resources online if you want to learn any martial arts. If it is MMA forms or Thai Kickboxing then I would recommend that you find a program that has been designed by professional fighters. There are a program online called Damage Control. This program will take you through the entire process of learning mixed martial arts.

Learning Muay Thai online can be very effective. Damage Control is a professional training guide used by a number of world class MMA fighters.

Want to learn Muay Thai with professional MMA fighters? Visit: Muay Thai Training

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Muay Thai Equipment

Muay Thai Equipment
Muay Thai Gear
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Muay Thai equipment is all over the net. If you need it, everything is just a click away. Upon searching for the best Muay Thai Equipment on sale online, I spotted one store that caught my attention.

The store`s name is Muay Thai fighting. They claim that they are the pioneer when it comes to offering Muay Thai Equipments. They have a wide variety of equipment that ranges from cheap to affordable. Everything is in one roof of Muay Thai fighting. Their aim is to provide online customers a pleasurable buying experience and get the exact value of their money. Not only that! Their website is very user friendly. You can easily search the actual item you are looking for because they categorized each item to the specific use of the equipment.

Here is the list of some brands and items available in the website:

Hand and wrist protection available brands

Boxing Gloves
  • Twins special Muay Thai Boxing Gloves
  • Fairtex Super Sparring Gloves Locked
  • Fairtex Muay Thai Boxing gloves
  • Boon Muay Thai Boxing glove Velcro
  • Windy Amateur Boxing gloves
  • Twins special Muay thai boxing gloves with elastic wrist
  • Twins special Boxing Gloves Amateur international boxing

Abdominal Protection available brands
  • Fairtex Foul Proof protection.
  • Top King Abdominal Protection
  • ThaiSmai Groin protector for international boxing.

Belly Protection available brands
  • Twins special Belly Protector
  • Boon Muay Thai Belly protector
  • Fairtex Leather belly protector
  • Top King belly protector
  • Raja Belly protector

Body Protection available brands
  • Twins
  • Fairtex
  • ThaiSmai
  • Top king

Fancy Shin Protection available brands:
  • Twins
  • Top King
  • Fairtex
  • Raja
I can enumerate them all but at least sighting a few would give you an idea of how many brands do they offer. They also carry items for the groin protection, headgear, heavy bag, kicking pads, Punching mitts, Apparel, accessories, books and videos that will give you a head start in learning Muay Thai.

Muay Thai equipment may be a big investment as you have to complete the whole gear outfit. But if you are really serious in this sport, you know that having all these would be beneficial for you in terms of support and protection. There are other sites that offer Muay Thai Equipment but since it is hard to order something that you don`t see in actual, better get the items from a trusted and pioneer store for Muay Thai Equipments.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Muay Thai Conditioning


Muay Thai Conditioning
Muay Thai Kickboxing Training

Muay Thai, the national sport of Thailand, is known in the Western fighting world as one of the "sprawl-and-brawl" disciplines of martial arts, focusing on striking the opponent more than grappling, clinching, or submission holds. Drenched in a long history as a royal art form of many traditions, this martial art also greatly accentuates the goals of conditioning and fitness in a fighter. Using Muay Thai techniques can greatly improve stamina for MMA fighters that practice in any area of martial arts.

Physical Conditioning:
Conditioning of the fists, elbows, shins and knees through repetitive punching drills, toughen the skin, tendons, muscles and connective tissue to turn everyday body parts into unmerciful weapons of mass havoc.

Conditioning with MMA gloves, mitts, Thai pads and various striking targets are staples to any MMA or Muay Thai training format. Putting in the work with these sparring devices helps refine speed, power, timing, and most of all -the physical conditioning necessary for actual combat.

Mental Training:
Muay Thai fighters believe that mental toughness is just as important in the ring as physical condition or skills. Meditation and praying are staples of Buddhism and Thai culture, so it should come as no surprise that this transfers over to Muay Thai boxing. This mental training concerns both visualization and positive thinking. While not physically training, a Muay Thai boxer is constantly visualizing their fighting moves in their head like a movie. This will help with reflexes and natural reactions because you’re practicing scenarios in your head all day and night. Positive thinking involves eating, breathing, and sleeping success and winning 24 hours a day. Negative thoughts must be neutralized by positive ones and a champion’s mindset put in place.

Fists:
Hand strikes (punches) are the foremost weapon in most all fighting sports. In order to systematically grow your hand striking ability and endurance, train with a heavy bag. Strike freely at first to warm up, increasing the intensity as you build striking technique and conditioning. Increase the intensity as the bones, muscles and tendons of the hand, forearm and shoulder girdle develop to handle the impact of striking a human opponent.

Elbows:
Elbow conditioning can be built up using the same procedures as fist striking conditioning. Be sure to review fight videos and take part in real time sparring to develop your elbow striking. Elbows can be deadly tools in MMA and Muay Thai warfare. Conditioning them to withstand the requirements of repetitive striking will enable you to make use of them at will and without hesitation.

Shins:
Shin conditioning is also a very important ingredient to Muay Thai training. Shins are used to kick and to block kicks. Without calcified shins, you are more likely to be wounded and less likely to be proficient as an MMA striker.

A simple conditioning drill to prepare the shins for battle requires the fighter to strike a Muay Thai bag one-hundred strikes daily. Begin with light and easy strikes and move on full contact strikes as you improve your shin tolerance and aerobic endurance.

Cardiovascular Conditioning:
Oxygenating your body's tissues is critical to maintaining optimum training and competitive performance. Typically, 'old school' training templates are used to develop and improve fighter's cardiovascular conditioning. The most common old school method utilized to condition fight athletes is long term, steady state 'cardio.' This methodology usually dictates long runs or jogging to achieve cardiovascular fight conditioning.

Current research reveal that long term, steady state cardiovascular s will typically reduce the dynamic explosiveness of the sportsman and condition the athlete to subconsciously conserve energy and explosive power in order to complete the task at hand. We now have much more effective cardiovascular fight conditioning methods at our disposal.

Always consult with a fitness professional when constructing your MMA or Muay Thai conditioning program.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Muay Thai Techniques

Muay Thai Techniques
Muay Thai Techniques
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The Martial art of Muay Thai has its own unique techniques. It consists of the use of nine weapons. The head, fists, elbow, knee and feet are collectively known as Na-wa arwud. But today the use of head is no longer allowed in the Muay Thai fights. In Muay Thai small amount of grappling is used (The Clinch) for both defending and attacking purpose. Muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: Mae Mai or Major techniques and Luk mai or Minor techniques. All techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip partially or fully with every punch, kick and block. This is the reason which sets Muay Thai apart from other forms of martial art.

Punching Techniques: ( Chok)

Straight punch = Mud Dhrong

Hook = Mud Wjang San

Swing = Mud Wjang Yao

Spinning Back fist = Mud Wjang Glab

Upper Cut = Mud Seub

Cobra Punch = Kra-Dod Chok

Over Head Punch = Mud Khouk

The judges in Muay Thai fights scores less to the fighters for the punching techniques as they are generally less effective and powerful than kicks or knee strikes. Body punching is also used less in Muay Thai as it exposes the fighters head to the strikes of knee or elbow from the opponent.

Elbow Techniques: (Dhee Sork)

Elbow Slash = Sork Dhee

Horizontal Elbow = Sork Dhad

Upper Cut Elbow = Sork Ngad

Forward elbow Thrust = Sork Poonk

Reverse Horizontal elbow = Sork wjang Glab

Spinning Elbow = Sork Glab

Elbow Chop = Sork Sap

Double Elbow Chop = Sork Glab Koo

Mid Air Elbow Strike = Gra-Dode Sork

The elbow is used in seven ways in Muay Thai, horizontally, diagonal upwards, diagonal downwards, uppercut, downward, backward spinning and flying. The elbow is also used from the sides as a finishing move or to cut the opponents' eyebrow so that he bleeds. Bleeding blocks the vision and also affects the fighter's performance.

Kicking Techniques: (Dhe)

Straight Kick = Dhe Dhrong

Nutcracker Kick = Dhe Paa Maak

Round house Kick = Dhe Dhad

Diagonal Kick = Dhe Chivang

Half-spin, half knee kick = Dhe Krueng Kheng Krueng Kao

Spinning hill Kick = Dhe Glab Lang

Down Round house kick = Dhe Kod

Axe Hill Kick = Dhe Khouk

Jump kick = Gra-Dode Dhe

Step Up Kick = Yiep Dhe

The most common kick in Muay Thai are Foot Jab (Theep) and the Kick (Tae), upward in the shape of a triangle targeting the ribs and arms (Chieng). This angle kick in Muay Thai has been adopted by many other forms of martial arts as it is very effective. The round house kick is almost similar to the kicks used in karate or taekwondo. Many Muay Thai fighters also uses a counter rotation of his arms to enhance the power of his kick. A Muay Thai fighter is always taught to hit with his shin. Although the shin is very sensitive for an untrained person the shin is the strongest part of the leg than the foot as it contains fine bones and is much weaker.

Knee Techniques: (Dhe kao)

Straight Knee Strike = Kao Dhrong

Diagonal Knee Strike = Kao Chijang

Curving Knee Strike = Kao Kouwng

Horizontal Knee Strike = Kao Dhad

Knee Slap = Kao Dhob

Knee Bomb = Kao Youwn

Flying Knee Strike = Kao Loi

Step up Knee Strike = Kao Yiep

Other Knee Techniques: - Kao Dode: (Jumping Knee Strike) Jump on one leg and strike with that legs knee. - Kao Loi: (Flying Knee Strike) Take step(s), jump forward and off one leg and strike with that legs knee. - Kao Tone: (Straight Knee Strike) Thrusts it forward. Not upward unless the fighter is holding opponents head down in a clinch and intend to knee upward into the face. - Kao Noi: (Small knee Strike) Hitting the inside upper thigh (above the knee)of the opponent while clinching.

Foot Thrust Techniques: (Theep)

Straight Foot Thrust = Teep Dhrong

Sideways Foot Thrust = Teep Kang

Reverse Foot Thrust = Teep Glab Lang

Slapping Foot Thrust = Teep Dhob

Jumping Foot Thrust = Gra-Dode Teep

It is also known as 'Push Kicks' and is commonly used in Muay Thai. It is mainly used to attack opponents' attack, and get the opponent off balance.

Fighters in The Arm Clinch Position:

There is a difference in Muay Thai from the western Boxing. During the arm clinch position the fighters are separate in western boxing; however they are not in Muay Thai. There are several clinching techniques in Muay Thai including:

- Arm Clinch

- Side Clinch

- Low Clinch and

- Swan Neck.

Defensive techniques against attack:

It as categorized into six groups:

1. Blocking: Defenders hard block to stop a strike in its path, so preventing it reaching its target.

2. Redirection: Defenders soft parries to change the directions of a strike so that it misses its target.

3. Avoidance: Moving a body part swiftly out of the way or range of a strike, making the position of the opponent for a counter strike.

4. Evasion: Moving the body out of the way or range of a strike.

5. Disruption: Pre-aiming an attack.

6. Anticipation: Defender catching a strike or countering it before it strike.

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