MUAYTHAI AT SUPERPRO SAMUI
Superpro Samui is the main Muay thai camp in Koh Samui. Our classes are designed for all levels. Our head coach has travelled a lot all around the world and knows that not everybody comes to train with the same goal. Some people train to learn to defend themselves, others want to get fit and lose weight and there are people that are dreaming of a professional career or want to prepare for a fight. The way our classes are designed and the big amount of Muay thai trainers we have we can help everybody accomplish their personal goals. A great ambiance is very important here at Superpro Samui, so we are convinced that we can give you an amazing muay thai experience on a beautiful tropical island, in a nice warm and fun environment.
MUAYTHAI IN KOH SAMUI, THAILAND
Muay Thai is getting more and more popular every day. Not only for people that want to be a fighter, but more and more people start to stay the benefits of Muay Thai as the perfect work out. With Muay Thai every muscle in your body is used and is the perfect way to get fit, lose weight, learn hot to defend yourself, build up confidence and many more. Superpro Samui offers these classes for all levels. Whether you have never touched any boxing gloves before or if you would like to build up your career as a professional fighter, Superpro Samui has the experience, knowledge and facilities to help you accomplish your personal Goal. Superpro Samui has a big team of professional trainers that have had a western education in teaching. Our trainers know that not everybody comes to train Muay Thai for the same reason or has the same goal. This way we can customise the training to satisfy our customers personal needs and wishes.
Muay Thai is the Thai name for a form of martial art practiced in several SouthEast Asian countries including Cambodia (where it is Pradal Serey), Myanmar, Vietnam (where it is known as Vo Tu Do), and Malaysia (where it is known as Tomoi). The different types of fighting in mainland South East Asia is analogous to the different types of Kung Fu in China and Silat in the South East Asian islands or Malay World. It is the national sport of Thailand, and is also known as Thaiboxing or Art of the Eight Limbs
Traditional Muay Thai Martial Arts has a long history in Thailand as a fighting style used by the military. The military style of Muay Thai is called Lerdrit, while today’s ‘Sport Muay Thai’ slightly varies from the original art and uses kicks and punches in a ring and with gloves similar to those used in western boxing. Muay Thai Martial Arts is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, elbows, knees and shins are all used extensively in this art. A master practitioner of Muay Thai Martial Arts thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight ‘points of contact’, as opposed to ‘two points’ (fists) in boxing and ‘four points’ (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts. Muay Thai Martial Arts is an especially versatile, brutal and straightforward fighting style.
Before even entering the ring, most fighters do some rituals. Some might kneel before the ring, some might pray with their coach or by themself, some does a procedure of movements (like touching the ring ropes 3 times) before going over the top of the top rope. Thaiboxers always climb above the top rope, because in Thai society your head is considered to be very important. The feet are considered dirty and therefore it’s important to always have your head above your feet while entering the ring. While in the ring, the fighter might go to the center and bow to each side. After this, the Wai Kru or (wai khru ram muay) starts.
This ritual is both for religious reasons and stretching. It also gives the fighter some lone time before the fight to collect his thoughts and concentrate on the task ahead. Some use this ritual to attempt to scare their opponents, commonly by stomping around the opponent. The Wai Kru usually starts with the fighter walking around the ring, counter-clockwise. This could be described as ‘sealing the ring’, showing that it’s just yourself and the fighter now. During the Wai Kru there are a lot of different kinds of movement and steps that a fighter can perform before the match. Some motions imitate, for example, a swallow, a hunter, a soldier or an executioner. After this dance, the fighter walks over to his coach who removes the Mongkon and the Pong Malai. Then the match can start after some rules from the judge and a glove shake.
THE BASIC RULES
A Muay Thai Martial Arts match formally has no more than 5 rounds, each round lasting 3 minutes, with a two-minute rest period in between. No additional rounds are allowed.
Boxers must regularly wear gloves, each weighing not less than 6 ounces (172 grams). The gloves must not be squeezed, kneaded or crushed to change its original shape. Rules on a contestant’s boxing costumes are:
– Contestants must wear only trunks (red or blue according to their corners) that appropriately fit their bodies
– Contestants must wear standard supporters or sturdy athletic cups to protect their groin. Mouth guards are also used
– No shirts or shoes, ankle caps are permitted
– A sacred cord known as Mongkol can be worn around the head only during the pre-fight ritual of paying homage to ancestral teachers of Muay Thai Martial Arts
– Metal or other substances that will be harmful to the opponent is prohibited
The basic offensive techniques in Muay Thai Martial Arts use fists, elbows, shins, feet, and knees to strike the opponent. To bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used: the clinch. Muay Thai Martial Arts is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another. This is certainly the case with traditional stylists in Thailand, but is a less popular form of fighting in the contemporary world fighting circuit.
With the success of Muay Thai in Mixed Martial Arts MMA fighting,
it has become the de facto martial art of choice for competitive stand-up fighters. As a result, it has evolved in order and incorporated much more powerful hand striking techniques used in westen style boxing, and the Thai style of exchanging blow for blow is no longer favorable.
When Muay Thai fighters compete against fighters of other styles (and if the rules permit it), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage in fighting.
Almost all techniques in Muay Thai Martial Arts use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch and block. The rotation of the hips in Muay Thai techniques and intensive focus on ‘core muscles’ (abdominal and surrounding muscles) is very distinctive and is what sets Muay Thai Martial Arts apart from other styles of martial arts.
Here at Superpro Muay Thai Samui, we keep the traditional style of Muay Thai Martial Arts, but mix it with the progressive movement of the sport today. Our Muay Thai Trainers have adopted a very successful approach of teaching Muay Thai Martial Arts with a touch of western style kickboxing, as seen more and more in recent competitions. Our Muay Thai Lessons teach you the modern style of Muay Thai fighting without losing the traditional Muay Thai spirit. Come and experience the best Muay Thai Camp Thailand has to offer.
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