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).
Youth 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 concepts in our Youth program that go beyond the scope of the sport. While sparring is a necessary part of learning Muay Thai, it is very limited in the Youth Program. 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. Our goal is to teach our youth how become a competitive Muay Thai fighter while learning self defense and anti-bullying techniques in a fun and positive learning environment.
These classes are designed for children aged 8 – 14 years old.
Youth 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 (including a minimum age of 12) 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.
Anti-Bullying/Self Defense 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 studenr to dictate the level of violence. By learning to win in the Academy against another highly skilled student we are learning how to defend ourselves from a bigger, stronger person of lesser skill. This is a very important distinction for people seeking self-defense and anti-bullying training in that we don’t have to be more violent than our “opponent”. We stress teaching this in the classes; that we only use what we are learning as part of the sport aspect. We are building strong, confident individuals not bullies.
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