WHAT IS MUAY THAI?


Muay Thai, which translates to "Thai boxing" been being practiced in Thailand for literally centuries but didn't turn into the modern sport we know today until the late 20th century. Known as "The Art of 8 Limbs" this discipline is similar to kickboxing but uses fists, elbows, knees, and shins. It also incorporates various clinching and throwing techniques. Matches take place in a ring with rounds of action and use a 10 point scoring system much like western Boxing. There is no uniform used in Muay Thai, just boxing or Muay Thai shorts and a T-shirt.

Muay Thai is recognized as one of, if not THE, most complete and effective striking art on the planet and is gaining popularity all over the world through organizations like One Championship, K-1, and Glory Kickboxing. In 1993, the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur (IFMA) was formed and now includes 130 member countries. Two years later, the World Muay thai Council was formed and is the official world governing body for professional Muay Thai. The organization includes members from 120 countries. In 2016 it was finally granted Provisional Recognition as an Olympic Sport which allowing host countries to add it to their games.

OUR YOUTH MUAY THAI PROGRAM


Yamasaki Academy teaches traditional Muay Thai as it is done in its home country, Thailand. We generally will cover techniques specifically for the Muay Thai sport aspect, but as a striking art Muay Thai lends itself well to self defense and anti-bullying. 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.

Our Youth Muay Thai program does incorporate sparring into the curriculum for the more advanced students. Any Youth Muay Thai student who is showing control and a strong ability to defend themselves may also be allowed to spar with other students.

Muay Thai does not use uniforms or belts, but here at Yamasaki Academy of Woodbridge we do use an armband grading system for the youth participants.

BENEFITS OF MUAY THAI


Muay Thai is a great way to get in some physical activity for your child while also learning something extremely valuable. Each class will involve both cardiovascular and strength training
Muay Thai is a great form self defense for kids. As they become skilled in striking, they are learning the best ways to avoid being hit themselves. They learn that sometimes the best offense is a great defense!
Muay Thai training is difficult and takes time to master. Learning to put the time in to achieve success is a valuable tool in life that we know ourselves and impart on our youth students.
Muay Thai will train you to move quickly and smoothly, with balance.  While we will be throwing punches and kicks as hard as we can, it's important in Muay Thai to do with balance and efficiency in order to score in the eyes of a judge.
Pay attention to the details. Attention deficiencies are difficult to address, however we notice a great improvement in most of the children that come to us. Our parents can attest to these changes.

WHEN ARE CLASSES?


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Advanced 5:30-6:30pm Beginners 5:00-5:30pm Advanced 5:30-6:30pm Beginners 5:00-5:30pm All Levels 5:30-6:30pm

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