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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Training Program

Written on March 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider definitely saved the best for last with a sample training program.

Knowing the basics are not enough to make you a Muay Thai or MMA fighter. Aside from knowledge, a good physical condition is also important. And no individual can have a body that is physically fit without proper training. Of course, training alone cannot work a long way if not for discipline and program. Hence, for Fighting Insider’s last installment of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, we are giving you a training program sample.

The following is an example of a loose and relatively easy Muay Thai training regimen. When this becomes too easy, step up by adding more sparring and more bag work. Take note that all rounds are either five minutes long with one minute break, or a three-minute routine with 30 seconds rest.

Check our Fighting Insider’s sample training program after the jump.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Blocking Attacks

Written on March 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider will give your some basics on how to block an opponent's attack.

Perhaps, many fighters would agree that it is best to fight in offensive than be the one getting attacked. It’s also safe to say that your opponent can hit you back whenever you strike. That’s why it is also important to learn how to defend and counter attack. Though defense alone can’t make any fighter win, a solid blocking technique can save you some brain cells.

Basically, the best way to defend yourself is to avoid any hits. But blocking can be just as effective and is also a better strategy. Blocking in Muay Thai is done with shin, knee, arm, elbow and hand. It still hurts because you’re still taking a strike, but not as much as if you did not block. Learning to check or block your opponent’s kick is considered as a Muay Thai basic. And after the cut are some things to bear in mind when blocking attacks.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Clinch

Written on February 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Aside from the kicks, knees, elbows and punches, it is also important to learn the clinch in Muay Thai. But don't worry, because Fighting Insider is going to teach you how.

Learning the clinch in Muay Thai is like learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in MMA. The only difference is that a fighter won’t get choked out or submitted in Muay Thai. A Muay Thai student can practice clinch work with an instructor or heavy bag, but it is best learned by sparring. Just be careful not to break your sparring partner’s ribs with a knee strike during training sessions.

As a basic, the Muay Thai clinch has two fighting range. The first range is where two fighters are tied, but with enough room to throw elbows, knees, hooks and uppercut. The second range, also called as smother range, is where either one or both fighters are locked in a tight hold. That said, throwing short-range knee strikes is the only viable move.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Kicks

Written on February 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider is giving you the basic Muay Thai kicks that a future MMA fighter must know.

In this week’s edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider is giving you the basic kick techniques. In Muay Thai, kicks are the sport’s easy trademark because its execution differs from other form of martial arts. And to execute a kick, there are seven points that a fighter must remember.

What are those and the basic Muay Thai kicks are posted after the break.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Knee Strikes

Written on February 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider is giving you the most common knee strikes used in Muay Thai. Are you ready for another set of Muay Thai action?

Aside from elbows, knee strikes also set Muay Thai apart from other styles of kickboxing, like American kick boxing and French Savate. The knee strikes are a staple in Muay Thai. The common knee strikes used are straight knee, side knee and jumping or flying side knee. Some, if not all of these, generally targets the midsection, head or legs of an opponent.

A knee strike can cause serious damage. It can be so dangerous, that even a straight knee can execute the same power of a car going 35mph and crashing to a brick wall! Both side knees and straight knees are useful in the clinch. More over, the straight knee is also useful within punching range.

So to know how these knee strikes are done, check out the videos skip.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Elbows

Written on February 06, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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On this week's edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider will be bringing you the basic elbow strikes. Have you conditioned your shoulders already?

In this week’s edition of Basic Muay Thai for Beginners, Fighting Insider will be giving you the basic elbow strikes used in this form of martial arts. More than kicks, knees and punches, the Muay Thai elbow should be feared. A nice elbow strike can end a fight with a knock out. If not, it can give your opponent a scar. And if that will be the case, other Muay Thai fighters will definitely aim for that spot. Hence, there are some Muay Thai events that prohibit the use of elbow strikes.

More on Muay Thai elbow strikes info and video tutorials after the break.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners: Punches

Written on January 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Fighting Insider is once again giving another set of fighting techniques. This time, we are giving you the basic Muay Thai punches. Get some warm up and hit the play button on the videos below.

Albeit one good kick can end a fight, legs aren’t enough. A good Muay Thai boxer uses punches to set up his kicks and knee strikes. It is also used to close the distance, until you can clinch or hit your opponent with your elbow. Compared to western boxing, a Thai boxer does not crouch, and do less weaving because it makes the kick difficult to set up.

In any fighting system, the jab is the most basic punch. Its primary function is to set up kicks, knees, elbows, clinches, and other punches. A jab is also used to stop an advancing opponent. From jab comes other variations of Muay Thai punches like Cross Jab, Hook, and Upper Cut. But to understand this basic Muay Thai punches fully well, a series of videos are provided after the break.

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Basic Muay Thai for Beginners

Written on January 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Muay Thai is arguably the best striking form around today. Thanks to the popularity of mixed martial arts organizations like the UFC, people who otherwise would never have known about this, are getting a first hand look at it.

Now that Fighting Insider is done giving you some basic moves from Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, next on the list is Muay Thai. Arguably, Muay Thai is one of the best striking form there is nowadays. And because of mixed martial arts organizations like UFC, people who do not know this kind of fighting technique is getting a first-hand look at it.

So if you are interested in learning Muay Thai, check out Fighting Insider’s beginner’s guide. Just remember that stuffs you’ll be reading after the skip are just the basics. But Fighting Insider promises to bring in helpful fighting techniques in the future.

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