About Muay Thai
Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Muay Thai is often referred to as the “Art of eight limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated martial arts, such as kickboxing or Olympic Tae Kwon Do. Muay Thai training concentrates on developing devastating power and speed from these 8 points of contact, as well as an emphasis on conditioning. Due to its diversity and its proven effectiveness, Muay Thai is great for anyone interested in self-defense, and a must for anyone training in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
Adult Program Curriculum
Yamasaki Academy teaches traditional Muay Thai as it is done in it’s home country, Thailand. Coach Mark DeLuca is working with the Independent Board of Muay Thai Officials (IBMTO) to help facilitate the development of Muay Thai in the United States and our program curriculum uses their judging and rules criteria as the basis for what is taught in our classes. We generally will cover techniques specifically for the Muay Thai sport aspect, but we also incorporate Self Defense and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) concepts that go beyond the scope of the sport. While sparring is a necessary part of learning Muay Thai, we do not condone the intentional harming or bullying of teammates or competitors. Students must, however, learn and understand how and why a technique is effective. For that reason all students are expected to treat each other with the utmost respect regardless of experience level.
Adult Fight Team Training
While Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge encourages Muay Thai students to compete, we understand that not every student will want to become a Muay Thai fighter. A student must meet certain minimum eligibility requirements before being invited to join the Muay Thai Fight Team. Being a member of the Fight Team not only means you can be eligible for fights, but it also brings with it certain privileges such as discounts on equipment and merchandise. We believe that competing in Combat Sports has a number of benefits, including:
- Gives you purpose in training.
- Builds confidence and self-discipline.
- Puts you in the best shape of your life.
- It builds comradery with the other competition team members.
Self Defense/MMA Training
At the Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we strongly believe that Self-Defense doesn’t have to be Self-Offense. Learning a Combat Sport like Muay Thai, considered by many to be the most effective striking art, is a huge advantage from a Self-Defense perspective in that it allows the Muay Thai fighter to dictate the level of violence. By learning to win in the ring against another highly skilled fighter we are learning how to defend ourselves from a bigger, stronger person of lesser skill.
That being said, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) training is different than Self Defense training. Being safe is your main priority for self defense, winning your fight is for MMA. Because all of our MMA fighters are required to take our Muay Thai classes we do cover principles necessary to be successful in MMA. Learning to be the most effective striker with all of the possible weapons gives our fighters the best advantage to win in the cage as well as the ring.
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