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Tips on Choosing The Best Muay Thai Punching Bag

When it comes to honing a fighter’s striking skills, this best Muay Thai punching bag is known to deliver awesome results. These heavy bags are popular in sharpening striking tools not just in the punching department but also in mastering kicks and clinches– and developing more effective timing when doing so. Punching bags offer a […]


Top 7 Muay Thai Core Workout Exercises

Do you know why Muay Thai core workout exercises have always taken center stage when it comes to training? Core conditioning continue to gain traction in the popularity department in various discipline. Known to be the source of power and stability, a well-conditioned core always deliver sharper movements and more herculean impact during a strike. […]


Follow these tips to be a muay thay expert

 The thing about training Muay Thai is that few people actually prepare for it. It’s usually only until you encounter an injury that you start scrambling to seek for help on forums or by googling. That will certainly reduce those days of pain and agony. And definitely ease the curve in learning the art.

Simple tips that will speak for themselves, so let’s kick it! My top 10 Tips for Muay Thai Beginners:

1. Run

 In my own experience, just straight-up running has been the most effective exercise routine to improve overall performance. Running will power up your endurance and stamina, and you will see results within a short period of time. The best routine is to incorporate both long-distance running with sprint interval training. My tip is to go for running track as the impact on the knees is lower. Alternatively, swimming or stationary bike cycling are kinder on the knees but still effective towards building stamina too. If there is still some time leading up to your first Muay Thai class, a couple of weeks of running can build up a reasonable level of fitness.

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2. Get the Best Muay Thai Gloves

 You can usually use the gloves at your gym but they are going to stink much so you are far better off with your own pair. You also want to stay away from iffy gloves like the nameless generics from big sporting stores or any cheapies less than $20. Just so you know, the best gloves aren’t necessarily the most expensive ones. In my opinion, the best gloves should offer you protection for your hands with adequate padding, firm wrist support, comfortable fit without being too loose or overly snug, and a design that pleases your eyes. Not forgetting a price tag that fits your budget. Go with gloves from the Thai brands (e.g. Fairtex, Twins, Top King) and you are all set for action.

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3. Wrap Your Hands

 ALWAYS Wrap your hands. Wrist injuries are common among Muay Thai and boxing beginners because the soft bones and tendons of the hands take time to be conditioned. One of my early wrist sprains took an entire month for it to be fully recovered because I wasn’t punching correctly and I didn’t pay much attention to wrapping my hands. Hand wraps are your first and most important line of defense against hand and wrist injuries so don’t scrimp on it. Learn to hand-wrap by watching instructional videos.

 4. Work on Your Form

Focus on your form and technique (not power/speed). Many people start out over-enthusiastically with their fists of fury and end up with hand or wrist injuries. Instead, start with light punches especially at the heavy bag, and then slowly build up speed and power. Make a fist firmly and land your punches correctly with maximum contact on your first two knuckles. Also make sure your wrists are straight and not bending at awkward angles.

The same goes with kicks. No beginner is spared from shin bruises and swelling feet. The key to the roundhouse kick is to twist your hip adequately, and connect with the right part of your shin. However, it has to be said that “Pain is the best teacher”, and that instant feedback you get with a poorly executed kick is the best lesson. With regular training, your shin and shin bone will toughen up in time to come. Don’t rush it.

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Guide for beginners about muay thai

For nearly a century, Thailand has cultivated their national form of combat, molding what was unarmed military self defense into a viable professional sport, and proving along the way that their style of stand-up fighting is one of the most durable and enduring forms of violence.

A cultural phenomenon and high at the list of things to see for the discerning tourist visiting Thailand, Muay Thai has caught on around the globe, with many organizations purporting to have ‘World’ champions and various variations of the sport staging bouts every week and a good level of competition in the United States and Europe.

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And yet, there is only one place to see the crème de la crème compete, and that is Bangkok, recently found to be the most visited capital city in the World.

So even with Muay Thai being seen by many international visitors to Thailand why hasn’t the buzz been carried home with them? Admittedly Muay Thai isn’t the easiest sport to follow for the Westerner for a number of reasons.

Seemingly unpronounceable names of which the spelling changes depending on who’s in charge of the Romanisation? Check.

While the fights themselves don’t generate as much online traffic as boxing and mixed martial arts do, there is no problem Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, lacking name recognition.

With new attention being diverted towards the East with the incorporation of Thai techniques into the regimen of any MMA fighter worth his salt, it can be sensibly argued that Muay Thai is the second most successful home grown export after rice.

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But this has happened before, and foreigners learning and using Muay Thai didn’t bring much international attention to the Bangkok fight scene itself.

The First Invasion & Kickboxing Boom

The outward expansion started nearly thirty years ago, when Jean Claude Van Damme’s cult ‘classic’ movie ‘Kickboxer’, shot in Thailand, made the quintessentially Thai style more visible to the wider World.

An international boom followed in the late 80s and early 90s, and saw a migration of nasty French and Dutchman to the Far East to test their mettle and further their ability to dish out bone crunching savagery.

However, the Japanese had got there first, sending their best Karetekas to Thailand in the 60s, with mixed results (there is talk of some Japanese beating Thai’s but aren’t much in the way of concrete sources, and videos show the Japanese being badly outmatched)
Learning what was needed to turn their rigid kata based martial art into a sport, the Japanese developed Kyokushin, a full-contact Karate sport, and sent their men back, culminating in Toshio Fujiwara becoming the first non-Thai to win a major title.

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At the start of the 90s, K-1, a professional kickboxing organization which came out of Kyokushin, was big business in Japan and internationally but focusing on larger fighters and within the confines of a rule set that was much easier for the Western fight fan to grasp.

At the start of the new millennium, K-1 branched out into promoting warriors on the lower end of the scale with their ‘MAX’ imprint, and made a bona fide Thai superstar out of Buakaw Por Pramuk when he won the K-1 title.

An international boom followed in the late 80s and early 90s, and saw a migration of nasty French and Dutchman to the Far East to test their mettle and further their ability to dish out bone crunching savagery.

Muay Thai Hand Wrap Technique Every Newbie Must Know About

If you are a newbie in the arena, chances are you’ve been told now to learn proper Muay Thai hand wrap technique on your own. Muay Thai uses boxing techniques thus, making hand wraps a fundamental element in its combat and training gear. While there are various brands and types of hand wraps available in […]


Muay Thai vs Kick Boxing: What Makes An Excellent Discipline For MMA?

Is there really a difference with Muay Thai vs Kickboxing? Many people have often mistaken “kickboxing” and Muay Thai as two interchangeable discipline. A closer look, however, will tell you that though there are shared techniques and fighting styles, execution and certain rules vary depending on the sport, the competition and fighter’s fighting skills. Between […]


Muay Thai Gloves vs Boxing Gloves: What Every Beginner Should Know

  Do you know how to differentiate sporting gloves? Learning the difference between Muay Thai gloves vs boxing gloves can be quite challenging to the inexperienced eyes. One quick look and both pairs seem to address the same purpose– provide a protective barrier for both fighters. When thinking of training for Muay Thai, however, learning […]