Muay Thai – The deadly art of 8 limbs!
Muay Thai is an indigenous form of martial art practiced in several Southeast Asian countries. This hard martial art is slowly becoming popular in Bangalore as most of the techniques used are self-defense moves and is highly impactful.
When compared with Karate, Kung fu and Taekwondo, Muay Thai has been proved to be the most powerful form of martial art. Muay Thai, an ancient hard martial art, and Thailand's national sport, was introduced in Bangalore by Hemath who set up the Muay Sangha India just about a year ago.
Hemanth, who is a martial art expert, and has been in the field for the last 22 years says “I just set up the Muay Sangha in May last year but I’ve been training people in this martial art form for about seven years now. I used to conduct classes at parks and various other venues and recently decided to set up my own place,”
But Hemanth’s first challenge was to get people to take it seriously, “This is hard martial art and it’s definitely not easy but once you are mentally prepared then it just becomes effortless. Before taking in people I have a chat with them, to find out why they’ve opted for this instead of taking up something more easier, only when I’m convinced with their answer and I know that they are serious about pursuing Muay Thai I take them in,”
From an unknown sport in the 90s, Muay Thai has steadily risen in popularity in India. Traditional Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand as a martial art used by the military as well as entertainment show for kings and noblemen. Muay Thai is referred to as "The Science of Eight Limbs", as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. Unlike other martial arts such as karate, or tae kwon do, Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote that level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition.
“In Muay Thai we use fists, elbows, shins, feet, and knees to strike the opponent. To bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, grappling is used. There are no fancy movements in Muay Thai, it’s all direct contact force,” explains Hemanth.
Muay Thai learners are expected to be strong and powerful since the movements can really be energy-draining, “To learn the basics it will take you about six months, the first three months, we focus on preparing the mind and body for the rigorous training and the next three months is about learning the techniques. To completely excel Muay Thai, it will take atleast three to four years,”
Hemanth, who represented India in the World Championship in Bangkok and won a bronze medal in 2009, says “We have classes all seven days a week, and there are about 30 people who are currently training under me. We have people coming in from all strata of society, we have corporates who want to learn Muay Thai for its self defense techniques to people who want to fight in the ring a couple of years later. Muay Thai is definitely getting popular among Bangaloreans,”
Obviously, Muay Thai is a distinctive sport, other than kickboxing. However, there are not many women who want to learn this martial art form. Hemath says “Unfortunately, there are not many women who want to learn this martial art. I do agree that it’s rigorous and needs intensive training but there are many women fighters in Thailand, who fight with total grace and gait. Also most of the techniques used are self defense moves and this could be extremely beneficial to women,”
Talking about the benefits of Muay Thai, he says “Muay Thai training helps you in weight loss and also improves your endurance levels. It makes for a great workout activity as it’s powerful and all your body force is used. You don’t have to go gymming or do anything else if you’re learning Muay Thai, because your fitness levels increase with each session,”
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