Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Thai army. It evolved from Krabi-Krabong, literally sword and baton, the hand-to-hand tactics of the Thai army. During the latter half of the 20th century Muay Thai was exported to many countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Muay Thai is a striking martial art that incorporates eight points of contact. When practicing Muay Thai you use your fists, elbows, knees and feet. Training methods develop power, speed and cardiovascular endurance.
You will learn how to defend take downs as well as clinch when an opponent grabs you. Muay Thai is the premiere combat sport for striking. You will become proficient through drills, pad work, light sparring, speed bags and shadow boxing.
Training at AKA has students wearing boxing gloves, shin guards (optional) on a floor with padded mats. A typical class involves 15 minutes of warm ups and conditioning followed by 20 minutes of teaching and practicing technique with a willing partner. The last 25 minutes is a mixture of light sparring and cardio work.
Instructors L to R: