Muay Thai or Thai Boxing is a combat sport that utilizes stand-up striking techniques along with various clinching techniques. The history of this art dates back to the mid 18th century and remains today the national sport/art of Thailand.
Muay Thai is referred to as the “art of 8 limbs” or the “science of 8 limbs”, because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using 8 “points of contact”, as opposed to “2 points” (hands) in boxing and “4 points” (hands and feet) used in more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate. The Thai “Plum” or Thai clinch is typically characterized by the use of double collar ties to establish control of an opponents posture and balance. The Thai clinch is a very effective form of grappling which creates striking opportunities typically using knees, elbows and hands from the clinch. Sweeps and throws from the Thai plum are also an essential component of sport Muay Thai as well as reality based striking. Muay Thai has proven itself as the one of the most effective striking styles throughout its history by testing itself against other striking styles and almost always coming out on top. In today’s mixed martial arts, Muay Thai is a primary component that all mixed martial artists must learn to be successful.
Muay Thai classes @ 5th Element teach techniques and strategy from traditional Muay Thai as well as Western boxing. We offer classes for adults as well as a our very popular Youth classes. Kru Yai Cody Houston received his coaching certification through Srab Srouey and the USEACA organization with his Kru Yai certificate coming directly from Arjan Suchart (Siam No. 1).
Classes @ 5th Element focus on the fundamental 3 B’s of Muay Thai which are Basic, Beautiful and Brutal. Students will receive a solid fundamental foundation in defensive techniques and tactics, learning how to use all 8 weapons effectively, clinch grappling and how to utilize footwork to aquire the dominant angle of attack. Competition and sparring are absolutely NOT required at 5th Element. Many members at our gym simply love the challenge and the workout. However, if you do wish to spar or possibly compete you will learn how to to work your way from skill development to light contact ‘touch sparring’ and then potentially into more intense team sparring. Everyone learns and develops at a different pace and speed you your learning track will always be respected. Sparring is always conducted under the direct supervision of Kru Yai Houston and students will have all necessary protective equipment (headgear, 16oz gloves, shin/instep guards, mouthguard, and groin protection for males) in order to participate.
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