MUAY THAI BOXING / KICKBOXING

 

The strikes in Kickboxing or Muay Thai are very similar to Boxing except instead of hitting with just your fist you will also hit with your elbows and knees as well as your feet.

 STANCE

Just as in Boxing, Muay Thai or Kickboxing begins with your Stance. (See stance section) the differences are whether you’re in orthodox stance, which is right-handed, or southpaw stance, which is left-handed, your lead toe or foot will face forward or a 12 o’clock position instead of 11 o’clock or 1 o’clock as in boxing. However your back foot will remain in the same position and on its tiptoe, for right hand stance 5 o’clock, for left hand stance 7 o’clock. Also instead of leaning forward to get your leverage going through the upper body you will lean backwards or at the very least stand up straighter so that the leverage of your torso or upper body will go through your legs. Your punches and footwork will remain the same as in boxing.

 PUNCHES

 

 BASIC FOOTWORK

 

KICKS

The two most common or basic kicks in Muay Thai or Kickboxing are the push kick, and the roundhouse or round kick. Followed closely by the front snap kick and the sidekick.

 FRONT LEG PUSH KICK

Now with a front leg push kick it will be almost identical to a back leg pushed except you want to bring your back leg closer to your front leg almost standing straight up so that you don’t over extend your body when you kick. Again whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, you want to keep your hands up protecting your face as in boxing, then with your torso leaning slightly backward you want to lift your back knee straight up towards your stomach while flexing your foot (pulling your toe towards your body) making your foot completely flat so that you don’t hit with your tiptoe. Then you want to extend your whole leg outward and completely straight towards your target while moving your hips forward.

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

 BACK LEG PUSH KICK

The push kick as it is called in Muay Thai is a kick that everyone knows if you watched any police show, it is the police officer kicking in the door of the suspect.

First you’re going to start off with your STANCE. Whether you’re left-handed or right-handed, you want to keep your hands up protecting your face as in boxing then with your torso leaning slightly backward you want to lift your back knee straight up towards your stomach while flexing your foot (pulling your toe towards your body) making your foot completely flat so that you don’t hit with your tiptoe. Then you want to extend your whole leg outward and completely straight towards your target while moving your hips forward.

This means that you will be kicking with the force of your butt and hips rather than kicking upward with your shin as in a front snap kick, which we will show later.

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

BACK LEG ROUNDHOUSE/ROUND KICK

 

With the roundhouse or round kick you will have the same STANCE as with the push kick. To throw a back leg round kick you’re going to begin by whipping your hips as fast as you can towards your target followed closely by bending and pointing the knee towards the target (as the knee is like a Laser scope for your foot),

while pivoting or spinning on the ball of your front foot so as not to sprain or break your front knee. As your hips and knee turn towards your target you want to snap your shin (extend it quickly) at the target while pointing your toe. The main part you want to hit with or connect with on a round kick is the instep, which is the point between the knuckles of your foot to the bottom part of your shin. If you connect beyond these points you can break your toe or break your shin.

After impact you want to pull the shin and hips back so that the body falls back to its original fighting position.

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

 KNEES

Throwing a knee strike is actually very simple. It begins with the same STANCE as with the Push kick! As you throw the knee your upper body should be leaning backwards as you quickly twist your hips and push off the back foot and toe while bending the knee very sharply towards your target! While throwing the knee strike you want to point your toes downward as it directs your knee very sharply towards the target!

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

 ELBOWS

In Muay Thai there are many types of elbows thrown! For this lesson we will deal with the basic three elbows, which are the straight elbow, the over-the-top elbow and the upper-cut elbow.

 

FRONT LEG STRAIGHT ELBOW

To throw a front leg straight elbow you’re going to start off in your natural boxing stance, with your chin down and elbows relaxed at your side. As you begin to throw the elbow you’re going to drop your hands slightly from your chin down to the chest and press the hand against the chest very tightly while lifting the elbow up to shoulder height. At the same time you’re going to torque or twisted the hips very quickly towards your target to deliver the blow then quickly pull the elbow and hips back to their original fighting position!

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

 

BACK LEG STRAIGHT ELBOW

Throwing the back leg straight elbow is just like throwing the front leg elbow except you’re just going to pivot a little more on the back toe to give your hips much more force and power while hitting your target! Start off in your natural boxing stance, with your chin down and elbows relaxed at your side. As you begin to throw the elbow you’re going to drop your hands slightly from your chin down to the chest and press the hand against the chest very tightly while lifting the elbow up to shoulder height. At the same time you’re going to torque or twisted the hips very quickly towards your target to deliver the blow then quickly pull the elbow and hips back to their original fighting position!

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

OVER-THE-TOP ELBOW

An over-the-top elbow should be mainly thrown off the back leg. It is basically identical to throwing the back leg straight elbow except instead of bringing your elbow just to shoulder height and throwing it straight; you’re going to swing the elbow in a circular motion to get the elbow over the shoulder while pivoting on your back toe then dropping it diagonally across your target!

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

UPPER-CUT ELBOW

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

FRONT SNAP KICK

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

 

STANDING SIDE KICK

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!

STEP SIDE KICK

 

Repeat these movements very slowly and increase the speed as you gain more coordination and confidence!