Muay Thai

Muay Thai Pledge:
I promise to uphold the spirit of Muay Thai and never use the skills that I am taught by my instructors at Lamka Shaolin Disciple's Union, against any person’s, except for the purpose of self-defense, protecting friends and family….. Or in the instance of extreme danger, unprovoked attack, or in support of law and order.

What Is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, also known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” is an ancient form of self-Defense (Lack Sa Dua) where the athlete uses not only his feet, but also fists, elbows, knees and shins to combat his opponent in a physically and mentally challenging battle. As with Thai culture and tradition, Muay Thai embraces the values of respect and humbleness towards the trainer.

Simply put, at its core, Muay Thai is a highly-effective self-Defense (Lack Sa Dua) martial art form originating in Thailand. Contrary to the popular belief, Muay Thai is not the same as Kick Boxing.

The two are often mistaken for one another, which is a common misconception. Although there are significant similarities between them, the key difference is that Muay Thai allows the use of elbows. Almost all Muay Thai movements involve rotating your hip with each kick, kicks below the waist are allowed, as well as grabbing your opponent’s leg mid-kick.

Compared to regular boxing, which uses two contact points (two fists) or Kick Boxing (four points of contact), Muay Thai fighting style uses eight points of contact, utilizing every part of the body in both attack and Defense (Lack Sa Dua) mode. People say that Muay Thai is a sport of contradictions. On one hand, it is simplistic and beautiful; on the other, brutal and effective. Muay Thai is said to have a certain grace to it – the exchange of blows resembling almost a dance with one’s opponent.

Wai Kru
Ceremonial dance performed in the ring, before a fight, to pay respect to the teacher. The Wai Kru is also intended to center and focus the fighter and to keep all outside elements, just that… outside of the mind and the ring. The Wai Kru is physical and includes limbering movements that also help stretch and keep the fighter warm and flexible. Each school and/or Master has his or her own unique Wai Kru.


Why Choose Muay Thai?
If you are a skeptical person like myself, the first question you are probably going to ask is why I would choose Muay Thai over other striking arts? And that’s a very fair question to ask. When it comes to the art of striking, Muay Thai is hands down better than any other style out there. While there are other effective striking styles like Dutch Kick Boxing, for example, there is nothing as complete as Muay Thai. The reason Muay Thai is the complete stand-up art is because it utilizes 8 limbs to attack. Instead of just punching and kicking, Muay Thai fighters are able to use deadly knee and elbow attacks to hurt their opponents. In addition, Muay Thai fighters are also masters at clinching (stand-up grappling) and are able to throw their opponents to the ground.

If you put a Muay Thai fighter in the ring against a Kickboxer with a similar experience level (same number of matches etc.), the Muay Thai fighter will win every time. The addition of elbow strikes, knees and clinching make Muay Thai fighters have much more deadly weapons at their disposal. Instead of limiting their striking to kicks and punches, they can attack with elbows and knees in close range. This is why Muay Thai is the de facto striking style for all MMA fighters.

Muay Thai is a sport that was developed in Thailand as a form of combat and eventually turned into a ring sport like Boxing. Because of the competition element, Muay Thai has evolved considerably over the years to incorporate better boxing and movement. In the past 20 years Muay Thai gyms in Thailand began to incorporate Western Boxing directly into their training, which has created a new breed of elite strikers. Our gradings are as below:-

1ST KHAN – WHITE PRAJIT [WAI KRU]
PURITY – The mind is open to learning; the student takes the first steps towards learning balance, guard and stance and develops the basics of the 4 weapons of Muay Thai – kicks, punches, knees and elbows. Discipline and structure are introduced in this phase. Movement to various directions (basic) which teaches how to warm up the body and prevent injuries.
Note: 18hrs of either technical or sparring class.

2nd KHAN – YELLOW PRAJIT [PUNCHING]
SCHOLAR – The student now develops a base knowledge on how to combine the techniques, to add timing and rhythm. Development of clinch work and sparring is also enhanced. This phase introduces the student to Thai history, language & culture. The clinch game starts. Defending punches such as the lead punch, follow-up punch, short swing, long swing, back swing, uppercut and downward thrust.
Note: 18hrs of either technical or sparring class.

3rd KHAN – ORANGE PRAJIT [KICKING & SHOVING]
COMPETANCE – The student can now competently demonstrate techniques with confidence, showing balance, agility, speed and power. The first stages of the Wai Kru and Ram Muay are introduced in this phase. Straight, Jump Half-Shin, Swirl, Cartwheel and Tread Kicking and Straight, Sideways, Cut, Pinch, Drop, Slap, Backward and Jump Shoving.
Note: 36hrs of which a minimum of 12hrs need to be sparring.

4th KHAN – GREEN PRAJIT [KNEEING]
TECHNICAL – The student has now developed a technical understanding of Muay Thai and can demonstrate this in sparring. The student can also demonstrate the Wai Kru & Ram Muay of Chao Phraya Muay Thai. Hand-free/arm-free knee use and knee use with the aid of the hand or arm.
Note: 36hrs of which a minimum of 12hrs need to be sparring.

5th KHAN – BLUE PRAJIT [ELBOWING]
HARMONY – Both technical and academic knowledge can now be demonstrated by the student. The harmonious blending of knowledge and skill is developed in this phase and the student can demonstrate the balance of these attributes. Elbow work including hitting, cutting, wiping and slanting.
Note: 36hrs of which a minimum of 12hrs need to be sparring.

6th KHAN – BROWN PRAJIT [BASIC OF SELF PROTECTING]
FLUIDITY – The student can now demonstrate all aspects of Muay Thai showing skill, control, discipline, agility and heart. Fighting skills are honed and the student can demonstrate these within a competitive environment. Punching, foot, knee and elbow defence including breaking opponent’s momentum, slighting distance, thwarting a striking force, retreating and dodging.
Note: 36hrs of which a minimum of 12hrs need to be sparring.

7th KHAN – RED/WHITE PRAJIT [TECHNIQUES]
COMPREHENSION – The student now demonstrates clear understanding of both technical and theoretical knowledge Muay Thai and can teach and pass this knowledge on competently and confidently to a class. This is the first stage towards becoming an instructor. Upon completion of this grade the student receives the status of Assistant instructor. Including attacking and countering a punch, elbow strike, knee strike or kick.
Note: 72hrs of which a minimum of 24hrs need to be sparring.

8th KHAN – RED PRAJIT & RED MONGKON [STRATEGIES]
ENLIGHTENMENT – The student tests to become an instructor and demonstrates the ability to teach others. Knowledge of fighter training in addition to fighter preparation is required. The student must be able to demonstrate hand-wrapping, massage and corner-man/trainer skills. The ability to teach correct pad holding for both beginners and fighters is essential. At the end of this grade the student receives their instructor status. Offensive and defensive strategies of Mae Mai Muay Thai employing combinations of fists, feet, knees and elbows.
Note: 72hrs of which a minimum of 24hrs need to be sparring.

9th KHAN – RED/SILVER PRAJIT & RED/SILVER MONGKON [TECHNIQUES]
RESPONSIBILITY – The instructor runs their own school demonstrating discipline, knowledge and empathy. Training of fighters and organising fights for their Nak Muay is also required. At the end of this grade the instructor will be awarded senior instructor status. Study of the Wai Kru ritual performed before a fight to pay homage to the teacher and boost the morale of the fighter.
Note: 72hrs of which a minimum of 24hrs need to be sparring.

10th KHAN – RED/BLACK PRAJIT & RED/BLACK MONGKON
DEVELOPMENT – This is the grade of the chief instructor and it is their responsibility to promote the continuing development of Muay Thai & Thai culture through their teachings.
Note: 72hrs of which a minimum of 24hrs need to be sparring.



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