A greater part of the offensive techniques that are used in Muay Thai make use of a fighter's hands, feet, elbows, and knees to hit an opponent. In order to combine the opponent for both defensive and offensive reasons, there is a little amount of grappling on the feet that is used – the clinch.
The clinch occurs when your opponent gets in your circle of clinching range and inside of your comfort zone. To carry out a knee strike and short kicks from the inside of you range, the clinch can be very useful. The Thai fighter makes great use of the clinch to tying up on opponent on the feet then pounding his stomach, ribs, knees, and legs with his own brutal knees. Knees is a very popular techniques in Muay Thai, as fighters spend a lot of time training their strikes – especially knees and elbows which is very deadly when executed correctly.
Although high kicks to the opponents head seems amazing during a fights, skillful fighters always say that knees and elbows can have a lot more impact, and they do a lot of damage to their opponent. If a Thai fighter is very skilled and has sufficient power in his strikes, he can quickly and easily end the fight with a TKO or KO with his techniques.
The roundhouse kick
The roundhouse kick is a very handy technique for both self defense and competitions, proven to be very efficient when it is executed correctly. Thai fighter executes the roundhouse kick with his straight leg and the whole body turning out from his hip. The hip is locked soon before and thrown his shin to makes impact with the opponent body. If executed correctly, the roundhouse kick can easily make someone down for the count.
The low kick is another very common Muay Thai attack, which involves a circular movement from the fighter's body to kick the opponent in his thigh and upper shin area softening his stand.
If the low kick isn't checked or defended, it can swiftly lead to fight to end. After some well executed low kicks, the opponent will be incapable to put pressure on his legs due to the bruising, and will ultimately collapse.
With other martial arts styles, such as Tae Kwon Do, fighter use a technique called snapping kicks which is faster to execute, but such technique has less power. Muay Thai on the other hand, enforce fighter to follow through with kicks as it has more power and cause more damage. Using the shin instead of the foot, it will damage the opponent more. Nearly all of the techniques implicated in Muay Thai stress on movement with the whole body, which means turning the hip each time the fighter kicks, punches, or blocks. The techniques can be slower but if executed correctly and hit the opponent, it will bring the fight ending earlier. Muay Thai techniques can cause more damage as compared to Tae Kwon Do and even Karate but it's far slower to execute.
As a lot of people already know that training and conditioning training found in Muay Thai are very intensity and rigorous. The goals in training are to harden the weapons such as the elbow, Knee, hands and legs.
Fighters who have been training Muay Thai long enough can also absorb beating with their muscle. Yet if they land a shin kick, you will feel as if you have been hit with a sledgehammer. This is the power of Muay Thai.
All in all, Muay Thai is a very deadly martial art that uses punishing blows with some grappling or clinching. Thai fighters are physical strong and are capable of end an opponent out with just some well placed strikes. Muay Thai are also a well known sport by itself and are also practice by some mixed martial arts fighter.
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