Thai boxing (Muay Thai) is Thailand’s national sport and its techniques are considered to be the world’s most efficient fighting techniques. In the first part of the course we give you an insight into the fascinating world of Muay Thai, its characteristic techniques and motion principles (hip work, etc.) that are prerequisites for powerful techniques. In the second part of the course you will learn ways to use Muay Thai and techniques from other systems to defend yourselves efficiently in case of need and get out of dangerous situations. You will learn basic anatomic and biomechanical principles that can be applied independently of age, sex and physique.
Approaches for the prevention of dangerous situations, different scenarios and the legal basics are important parts of the course. You have already gained some experience with martial arts? We will address the most relevant differences in the execution of the different techniques.
Furthermore, we are covering the use of pepper sprays and other devices including the relevant legal basics.
We are happy to organise workshops tailored to your needs, such as for schools, youth centres, clubs and companies - of course also in combination with coaching & team building seminars if wanted! For those of you who prefer training individually, we are also offering personal training!
The workshop was developed specifically against the most likely threats against women and girls, we are only training the most efficient techniques and are covering many frequently asked questions from different areas of life. Therefore this course can only be booked by women and girls!
For reports and photos from our workshops please visit our blog.
The origin of Thai-boxing is related to the migration of the tribe of the Thai ("the free ones") in the 12th and 13th century from the southern Chinese provinces of Jiangxi, Szechuan and Hubei into the region nowadays known as Thailand. The harassment caused by the Mongols in the North and the ensuing exodus was really high in the 13th century.
A theory by REBAC (1985) claims Muay Thai is formed out of the Chinese Wushu, but underwent significant changes afterwards. This assumption can also be found in WEINMANN (1991). He also reports about an integration of the martial arts Fan dab (fencing with two swords), spear fighting and other unarmed fighting techniques in combination with Maya martial art during the migration period.
However, REBAC (1985) thinks the second theory, in which Thai-boxing evolved during the ongoing fights with neighbouring Burmese, Khmer and Vietnamese is more plausible.
Although one cannot speak of complex fighting methods in China of the 12th and 13th century, as they were developed during the Ming Dynasty, person and technique-bonded styles were already present. So it can be assumed that some Chinese roots can be found in Muay Thai.
There are countless legends about invincible fighters and disputes over the succession to the throne that have been decided by Thai-boxing matches. In 1560 Muay Thai has first been recorded in historic documents: Thai prince Naresuon fought the Burmese heir or hours until the opponent ultimately perished. The superior army didn’t dare any further attack without their leader. It needs to be pointed out that similar, although not as well-known forms of Thai-boxing are also practised in other Asian countries such as Burma, Laos and Cambodia (REBAC 1985). According to WEINMANN (1991) this fight happened in 1592, and the "Black Prince", later known as King Naresuan, killed the Burmese with a single stroke of his sword.
The high period of Muay Thai was in the beginning of the 18th century under King Pra-Chao-Sua, a master of martial arts, known as "The Tiger", who participated, secretly and masked, in tournaments. Those tournaments were very challenging as there were no weight categories and rounds as well as little forbidden fighting techniques. The fighters were barefoot, a coconut was used as groin protector and hands were wrapped in hemp and cotton bandages. Martial arts were taught in schools as pre-military training. Similar as in Okinawa, a fighting technique called Karbi Krabong was developed by farmers using agricultural equipment. Chai Yut ("the road to glory") is a combination of most Thai fighting techniques. Following Buddhist tradition, breathing and meditation techniques are also highly emphasized.
After World War II this old form of martial art became an attractive and appealing combat sport due to changes of rules. Compared to most other combat sports, these fighting techniques did not lose any of their effectiveness.
There is a large number of Muay-Thai-Schools in Thailand, where slightly different techniques are taught. Fighters are wearing boxing gloves and fight barefoot. The repertoire of techniques includes fist and elbow strikes, foot and shin-kicking, knee strikes and clinching. Contrary to many other combat sports, punches are carried out with full power strength. There are no forms (= exact defined sequences of movements) in Thai-boxing. Protection is worn during sparring sessions to avoid injuries. Training with the punching bag is very important.
The competition starts with the opening ceremony Vai Kru ("expulsion of fear from body"), where accompanied by music, every fighter has to bow and then performs slow, dance-like moves that symbolize the movements of Muay Thai and support concentration. Afterwards the boxers remove their Mong Kon (headbands) which are part of the tradition. The competition itself consists of five rounds of three minutes each. Three counted K.O. in one round end the fight.
Thai-boxing in a club means to train together and to learn techniques together and to help each other. Only if the others get better, can one improve permanently. These techniques are only allowed to be used within the club and at competitions (abiding by the rules, wearing protection gear and having a referee). Anybody using these techniques at a train station, school etc. to terrorize others, will not be allowed to train at a reliable club any longer. We want to train good people, not bullies.
Beware of clubs where they "slug" beginners. It does not help anybody. You should be introduced to this sport slowly.
In case of an emergency, it is about repelling effectively the danger for your body and life. A little fight at school or a drunk person swearing is not an emergency. Whenever it is possible to avoid a confrontation you should do it (= leave the place and go elsewhere where you will be safe).
In a real emergency all techniques have to be used with enough power sufficient strength, which often means giving it 100%, to repel the attacker. NEVER stay passive, always remain in fighting position, scream and do whatever is necessary to defend yourself. Anyway most attackers are cowards and let go of a victim as soon they meet resistance and are not facing a “typical victim”. Many attacks can be avoided by a self-confident behaviour. Self-defence is covered by the law and injuries of the enemy are better than one's own. “Right does not have to yield to the wrong.”
"In Austria self-defence is covered by § 3 StGB in Austria. It is allowed to use self-defence if necessary to protect from a present or upcoming unlawful attack on one's own or someone else's life, health, physical integrity, freedom or wealth. The defence has to be adequate." (Wikipedia)
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