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.

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Girl power (Picture: Muaythai Institute)
Girl power (Picture: Fit für Österreich)


Difference of Thai-boxing for sports or for self-defence

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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