Mixed martial arts, also known as MMA, is a term for the combat sport in which two competitors attempt to achieve dominance over one another by utilising three general tactics: striking, finishing holds, and control. The rules allow the combatants to use a variety of martial arts techniques including punches, kicks, joint-locks, chokes, takedowns and throws.
Muay Thai is by far the most effective striking art and is steeped in history. Muay Thai has been tried and tested in competitive and real-life situations for hundreds of years, refining the art to be rapid, powerful and efficient as possible. Moreover, consistent testing in combat by highly skilled practitioners has developed all aspects of the martial art to an extremely high level. It is this efficiency and power and refinement that places Muay Thai at the forefront of MMA striking styles. Further to this, the incorporation of elbow and knee strikes make it a versatile and more complete striking system that compliments Mixed Martial Arts practice.
Muay Thai emphasises quick and powerful kicks which are essential for MMA bouts. In fact, low kicks have become one of the best weapons and most widely used techniques in MMA striking. Fighters can even beat their opponents only using Muay Thai low kicks and we see this often in MMA. The most powerful kicks are roundhouse kicks which target the body. A skilled kicker only needs to land a couple to incapacitate the opponent which can pave the way for other MMA techniques borrowed from wrestling or BJJ. All the great MMA champions past and present train Muay Thai kicking techniques. Here at FSC Muay Thai, we train world champions and UK ranked fighters in all the kickboxing skills required to be an effective MMA practitioner. For MMA Exeter, look no further: FREE trials on all programs.
MMA fighters often find themselves in the clinch against the fence. This position is good for wrestlers who can change levels and take their opponent down to the ground. But it also favours skilled Muay Thai fighters who can employ elbow and knee strikes. The Thai clinch is also a powerful weapon in this situation which can facilitate further striking opportunities or throws. If you want to learn effective, authentic Thai clinch techniques from some of Europe's best coaches to augment your MMA game, FSC Mauy Thai in Exeter can help.
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