MuayBoran Training (Traditional Thai Boxing Training)
For many, the words ‘Muay Thai’ would bring to mind images of heavy training sessions, often tough and bruising. To a certain extent this can be true, but only of those training with the ultimate aim of fighting in conventional Muay Thai tournaments, to make a living under the rules of boxing as a sport.
On the contrary, traditional Mauy Thai does not aim to defeat with the use of sheer physical strength alone, but is to defend before the right moment to retaliate as trained. That is, a traditional Muay Thai boxer is one who practices martial art as taught by his teacher. From my experience as a traditional Muay Thai, Chaiya-style student, training tends to start from a slower pace before increasing in both speed and intensity.
The initial training will start with adjustments to get a firm and stable standby position, ready to defend and attack. Next are training the various techniques to defend and receive attacks so that these are effective before moving on to attack techniques. Both the defensive and offensive techniques makes full use of the human body parts and positions from the knees, elbows to the shoulder blades and the Thai ‘Wai’. All these training have to proceed from the easier techniques, light and slower paced before increasing in speed and intensity.
Traditional Chaiya-style Thai Boxing gives weight to the use of art as a form of self defense rather than the use of strength to attack. This style enables the student to truly understand to anticipate and receive attacks to withstand the least damage or non at all. However this can only be achieved through correct and constant training.