If you are searching the web for information on Muay Thai training you will notice that many gyms throughout the world list the word “authentic” attached to the title of their Muay Thai classes. What does this mean? Well, with the commercialization of martial arts in the 20th and 21st century many martial arts schools and health clubs offer cardio kickboxing classes or standard kickboxing classes and call it Muay Thai.
Difference between Muay Thai, kickboxing, and boxing
First, real Muay Thai refers to 8 points of striking: punches, kicks, knees, and elbows. Kickboxing as seen in the world famous K-1 organization uses 6 points of striking: punches, kicks, and knees. Boxing refers to 2 points of striking, involving only punches. In Cardio kickboxing classes you hit a punching bag for about and hour, with the primary goal being fitness and little to no technical instruction.
8 Points Of Muay Thai Kickboxing
What is authentic Muay Thai?
Authentic Muay Thai training sessions have a specific format based on a recipe proven over hundreds of year in Thai boxing camps in Thailand. In Thailand their training sessions are often 2-3 hours long. Each session is broken up into segments consisting of different training methods including: running, weight training, skipping rope, shadow boxing, footwork, bag work, pad work, clinching, and sparring.
Why OC Jiu-Jitsu & MMA
At OC Jiu-Jitsu our fundamentals training sessions are 1 hour long and involve many of the same segments as camps in Thailand. Outside of Thailand many gyms that offer Muay Thai classes have students spend a majority of the time hitting a bag or doing partner drills, where each partner take turns hitting, while the other holds the palms of their gloves out like pads, mimicking pad training. This is incorrect. A significant amount of time needs to be spent doing multiple rounds of pad work, with an experienced pad holder, who is actually holding Thai pads. At OC iu-Jitsu & MMA we spend a great deal of time doing pad work, because this is what develops fast, powerful, technical, and accurate strikes.