Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is known in English as Thai Boxing. Muay Thai originated over 1000 years ago and utilizes kicks, punches, elbows, knee strikes, and clinch work. The art of Muay Thai has it’s origins in the ancient Thai military, and has progressed and evolved into one of the world’s foremost striking arts.
A typical Muay Thai match takes place in a ring using gloves similar to those used in Western boxing, Thai Boxers fight barefoot and without headgear. Bouts can be won by knockout, technical knockout, or by points(judges decision).
While a competitive sport, Muay Thai still retains it’s roots as a traditional martial art. Every bout begins with a Wai Kru Ram Muay, often shortened to just Wai Kru or Ram Muay. The Wai Kru is a ritual dance meant to pay homage to the fighter’s camp, sport, and trainers.During Thai Boxing matches traditional Thai music is played to set the pace and tempo of the fight.
Muay Thai is trained as a contact sport, and it is because of this sporting aspect that Thai Boxing is such a formidable striking art/sport and self-defense system.
The live training or sparring aspect of Muay Thai is essential in the development of the necessary skills to be able to defend oneself on the street or to fight in the ring if the student so wishes. Beginners are never allowed to spar for safety reasons, and live sparring is always gradually worked in to maintain a level of control and safety for all involved. Sparring is always done with safety gear on to limit injuries and to keep the students safe. This type of training allows practitioners of the art to develop incredibly proficient punches, kicks, elbow and knee strikes in addition to the ability to work from a clinch position to strike. Thai Boxing training stresses technique and conditioning hence the level of fitness in Muay Thai practitioners is also extremely high.
Muay Thai will help students of all levels build a level of confidence and fitness that will surely benefit them in their daily lives. Our classes are open to people who have never trained a day in his or her life to the seasoned amateur looking for a new gym to workout at. Our trainers will make sure that you get a great workout and learn something new in the process. Come in and try a Free Class!
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Muay Thai 101
Muay Thai 101 is the introduction course for all prospective students interested in the “Art of the Eight Limbs”. Muay Thai 101 focuses on the fundamentals of one of the world’s premier striking arts and will look to provide those with little to zero experience in Muay Thai a brief overview into the rich tradition and practice of Thai Boxing. During this course the basic Muay Thai stance, punches, knees, kicks, and the clinch will be covered in addition to basic pad and bag work. Muay Thai 101 acts as a preparatory course for Muay Thai Fundamentals.
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Kids Muay Thai
The Kids Muay Thai program at Workshop emphasizes discipline, hard work, and respect. In addition to keeping the classes engaging and fun for the children, our instructors also make sure that the students learn the basics of self-defense while developing their physical fitness levels. All the classes incorporate drills, games, exercises, and live training in a controlled environment. The work ethic, discipline, and confidence learned in the academy will benefit your child both academically and socially.
Muay Thai Fundamentals
Muay Thai Fundamentals is our program for students just beginning in Muay Thai, practitioners who have been away for an extended period, or the seasoned amateur looking to brush up on their basics. This program focuses primarily on pad and bag work, basic clinch work, light controlled sparring(full gear), and conditioning. Muay Thai Fundamentals is designed to prepare the student for our Advanced Muay Thai Program.
Advanced Muay Thai
Our Advanced Muay Thai program is designed for the student who has progressed enough skill-wise through our Muay Thai Fundamentals program and is looking to challenge themselves further. This class focuses on advanced clinch work, sparring, and advanced pad and bag work. At this level students will be expected to have their striking and clinch fundamentals at a competent level. Students in this program can and will work with some of the fighters who call Workshop their home.
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Muay Thai will provide you with a new perspective on what you are capable of physically and mentally. At Workshop New York you’ll enjoy the camaraderie of a team, top notch coaching, increased physical conditioning, improved striking ability, and quite possibly the chance to enter the Muay Thai ring yourself. Take that first step and register to start training with our world-class instructors at our top-notch facility that only New York City can offer. We’re Workshop New York – Gear Up.