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Comprehensive Guide To Shin Conditioning For Muay Thai

Can the shin be conditioned to give and take even the hardest of kicks? There is no limit to what you can do when considering shin conditioning for Muay Thai. Considered to be one of the pressure points of fighters because of its thin-layered protection, enhancing the shins can greatly increase a fighter’s resistance to […]


5 Muay Thai Body Transformation Lessons: Going Beyond The Physical

If you are a prolific weight watcher and have considered Muay Thai as a new sports-workout of choice– stop! Muay Thai body transformation tales from actual people who’ve trained for the sport discipline can very well tell you that there’s more to it than just tipping down the scale. Beyond ripping muscles and improving agility, […]


Muay Thai Tattoo Ideas And Their Meanings

Traditional Muay Thai warriors take pride in who they are, what they have been through, and what they have worked for. It is also a fact that most traditional fighters on the ring have certain belief systems which they carry all throughout their training and fight. This belief systems somehow highlight the importance of Muay […]


Muay Thai Meal Prep Tips: Eating For Success

One of the biggest challenge in training is eating right. If only you have a loyal butler like Batman’s Alfred then, you can always guarantee perfectly laid out meals at the right place, at the right time. Combat fighters like those in Muay Thai, have different caloric and nutrient requirements to ensure being in tiptop […]


Muay Thai Kicks vs Taekwondo Kicks: Know The Difference

Individuals who plan to get into the groove of combat martial arts form are known to get confused on what to pick between learning Muay Thai kicks vs Taekwondo kicks. Considered as two of the most kicking martial art sports on the face of the planet, it leaves no doubt that Muay Thai has always […]


How to Understand The Muay Thai Push Kick?

Every Muay Thai practitioner who has either sparred or fought knows the importance of range and reach. You need to measure it, manage it, use it defensively and use it offensively all within the same small time window of opportunity. This can be an incredibly difficult task against taller opponents or those with an excellent jab. However with a few small exceptions, even if your opponent has longer arms than you, you’ll still retain some measure of advantage in the length of your legs.

The Muay Thai push kick (also known as the teep) is your go-to technique when you’re looking to affect the opponent at long range. To perform the kick correctly with the front leg (the fastest and most common variation), the leg must be lifted almost straight, with a slight bend at the knee, pointing the sole of the foot towards the opponent. At this point, the power is generated by the hips driving forwards in a thrusting motion and causing impact with the ball of the foot, or sometimes the heel, rather than the whole flat surface.

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It is also worth noting how different to the karate style “snap front kick” the Muay Thai push kick is. You have to imagine you’re trying to stamp on something in front of you but using power from your hips, rather than flicking the leg and foot using the knee joint. This is a much more powerful, stable, and rangy technique which generates your full body weight into a very small and focused area.

The front teep is much faster than the rear teep, in that it is far closer to the opponent to begin with. It doesn’t benefit however from the same raw power, as it is not “chambered” on the power side like your rear hand is in boxing. For this reason, it is typically used as a range finder, and set up to other techniques. Generally if you can land a good front leg teep to the body or legs of the opponent, only a small adjustment is needed to land any other long-range kicking technique.
The front Muay Thai push kick also works well at stalling and stopping an aggressive opponent in their tracks. If you find your opponent charging in trying to get close, try using a succession of quick front leg teeps to keep them at bay. While it may not be the strongest technique, it has a lot of stopping power and over the course of a few rounds and can really take the air out of someone’s lungs.

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The rear Muay Thai push kick is far more powerful, though slower and coming from further away. Many fighters use the rear teep to great effect against aggressive opponents that like to get close and overwhelm them. You can either slam a rear leg teep into your opponent’s body as they come in to attack or use it as a combination finisher after punches and other kicks to create space. Either way, the rear push kick will do a greater amount of damage to the opponent and greatly unbalances them, sometimes even driving them to fall to the floor, scoring highly in a Muay Thai bout.

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Targets for the Muay Thai push kick vary widely, and each has a different purpose. Starting at the bottom and working upwards you have a number of useful attack points. The thigh of the opponent’s front leg is an excellent choice if you’re looking to interrupt the opponent’s attack and break down their base and stance. Continued push kicks to the thigh cause great disruption to an opponent’s rhythm, and may create opportunities for follow up attacks. Above that the push kick can be aimed at the opponent’s hip, causing greater instability.

Reasons to call muay thai the perfect martial art

Developed over hundreds of years, the ancient martial art of Muay Thai is known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity. Often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”, Muay Thai utilizes a beautiful symphony of kicks, punches, knees, and elbows with fluidity and grace.
Muay Thai is now one of the most well-known and practiced martial arts in the world. It has proven to be effective, which is why it is most common striking base in the vastly popular, fast growing sport of mixed martial arts.

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Today, Evolve Daily gives you 9 reasons why Muay Thai is the perfect martial art:
1) It is widely recognized as the most effective striking art in the world.

Muay Thai is by far the most effective striking art in the world. Muay Thai has been tested in competition and real-life situations for hundreds of years, refining the art to be as fast, efficient, and powerful as it can be. On top of that, its consistent testing in combat between highly skilled practitioners has developed every aspect of the art to an extremely high level.

2) It is effective in all ranges of standup fighting.

Muay Thai is a martial art and combat sport unlike any other. The art incorporates the use of knees, elbows, shins and hands. This allows the practitioner to use all the weapons available to the human body in kicking range, punching range, and the clinch, making it effective in all ranges of standup fighting unlike most other striking based martial arts.

3) It is simple and easy to learn.

While there are hundreds of different techniques in Muay Thai, it is also a martial art known for it’s raw simplicity. That’s why Muay Thai is for everyone: men, women and children alike. In Thailand, it is actually more common for practitioners to start as young as five or six years old.

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4) It is highly effective for self-defense.

Muay Thai is also one of the few martial arts in the world that has been undeniably battle-tested and street certified for real-life encounters. Although widely regarded as a striking based martial art, Muay Thai also contains throwing techniques, locks, using of an opponent’s own momentum, and even submissions. The conditioning of mind, body and spirit involved in Muay Thai also gives practitioners the confidence needed for real-life self defense situations.

5) It is both an aerobic and anaerobic workout.

Muay thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition even for recreational practitioners. With running, jumping rope and shadowboxing it provides an aerobic workout to prepare you for more intense workouts. Muay Thai also builds great anaerobic endurance with exercises like punching and kicking on the pads or bags, and clinching to work your body to its limits. This makes Muay Thai not just a perfect martial art, but also a very effective form of exercise. With continued training, Muay Thai will vastly improve your strength, dexterity, and cardiovascular performance.

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6) It burns over 1,000 calories an hour.

Nothing spells perfect more than a martial art with the ability to help you burn 1,000 calories an hour. Muay Thai is the standard of a perfect total body workout. It is a fun and efficient way to burn fat and lose weight that also builds your core, flexibility and overall strength.

7) It toughens your mind, body, and spirit.

The art of Muay Thai toughens your mind, body, and spirit. As the late great Muay Thai Grandmaster Kru Yodtong Senanan once said, “Muay Thai is good for your confidence and inner strength.” On top of enhancing your physical conditioning, Muay Thai builds confidence and promotes discipline of the mind through the control of emotions and feelings.

8) It is one of the key foundations for the sport of MMA.

As the most effective striking martial art in the world, it is no wonder why Muay Thai has become one of the key foundations of the vastly popular, fast growing sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). Some of MMA’s greatest fighters and champions use the art of Muay Thai as their main striking base.