Traditional Muay Thai fighters are allowed to only use their fists.
Muay Thai boxing technique enables fighters to use their hands, elbows, knees and feet to deliver powerful blows to their opponents. Muay Thai has been a popular fighting style in Thailand and the Southeastern Asia for centuries. It is thought to have roots in Chinese and Indian Martial Arts. Muay Thai uses the concept of eight points of contact as opposed to traditional boxing's two point contact with fists only. This is why it is sometimes referred to as the Art of Eight Limbs. To develop their kicks and jabs using their knee and feet, a fighter uses a heavy bag during training.
Much heavier than a traditional boxing bag, a bag used in Muay Thai training gives a fighter the resistance needed to develop power
Muay Thai bags come in many different weights and sizes depending on the area of the body that is being developed. For example, a long bag to the floor is used to practice kicks. A shorter bag may be used to practice hand and elbow jabs.
By using Muay Thai pads, a fighter not only develops power, but also practices the combination of hits needed to be effective.
Thai pads are used with a sparring partner also help to develop speed. A sparring partner can also help a fighter practice footwork. Sparring with a partner gives a fighter experience much like a real fight without the chance of being seriously injured. Both sparring partners wear protective gear and the power of the fight is kept lower than if it were an actual bout. A fighter must be in the best physical condition no matter which method of fight training he or she is using.
One of the most important aspects of Muay Thai boxing training is conditioning.
Conditioning exercises include calisthenics, weight lifting, jumping rope, shadow boxing and medicine ball exercises. Conditioning not only helps develop strength, but can help to increase endurance and flexibility. This enables a fighter to stay powerful and have the ability to go the extra distance to win in the cage.