TapouT XT Review Day 24 Muay Thai

Preparing for a Muay Thai Fight
The Muay Thai workout follows the philosophy of the "Art of Eight Limbs" because of its focus on the use of punch, kick, elbow and knee strikes.  Your coordination will be tested with the three and four move combinations, let's say I failed a bunch of times.

Muay Thai Origins


"Muay Thai evolved from the older Muay Boran (ancient boxing), an unarmed combat method which would have been used by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle."


"Muay Boran, and therefore Muay Thai, was originally called dhoi muay or simply muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These muay contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples. Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope around their hands and forearms. This type of match was called muay khat chueak."(1)

Move that Challenges Your Coordination


The move that you might get hung up on is the Jump Switch combinations, like the Knee Strike / Jump Switch.  It doesn't seem like a complicated move.  You do a knee strike, replace the knee leg back then do a jump switch.

Part of my problem may be that I'm used to the Krav Maga philosophy of moving forward through your attacker.  Of course, I could be just making up an excuse for my lack of coordination.

Knee Strike


Replace Your Leg Back

Jump Switch

Favorite Muay Thai Exercise


The favorite tidbit of pain is the Muay Thai Killer Move: 4x 4x 4x 4x.  This is 4 knee strikes, 4 squat uppers, 4 push kicks and 4 squat elbows.  When you do this you're already tired, but now is the time to dig deep and go out strong!  Make sure you make the most of this exercise

  • Twist your torso into to the knee strike to maximize your core activation
  • Rotate in to the punch for the squat upper
  • Keep your hands in fight position in the push kick
  • Rotate in to the squat elbow similar to the squat upper

4 Knee Strikes (Twist Your Torso)

4 Squat Uppers (Rotate in to the Punch)

4 Push Kicks (Keep Hands in Fight Position)

4 Squat Elbows (Rotate in to the Elbow)

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(1) Muay Thai history from the wikipedia entry on Muay Thai

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