Looking for the best Muay Thai weapons? When it comes to beefing-up your Muay Thai arsenal to make your defense and offense tactics efficient, the type of weapons used for each strategy will definitely make a lot of difference. But while other sports in the field make use of extra attachments or gear to stun, evade or put an opponent into submission, Muay Thai only make use of its “8 weapons” to deliver a vicious offense or a locked out defense. So, what are these 8 weapons?
The Art of 8 Limbs
With headbutting being included as a ground for disqualification in virtually every sporting event there is, what used to be the 9-limb game theory of Muay Thai has been decreased to a tactical 8-weapon routine– 2 fists, 2 elbows, 2 knees, and 2 legs/shins. Unlike martial arts where fists and feet are primarily used, Muay Thai weapons make good use of the entire body in its offense-defense strategies and combination fighting tactics.
Muay Thai is primarily called Thai Boxing. It is no wonder then, that the use of hands as a weapon is imminent. Both left and right hand can be used for boxing techniques such as jab, hook, cross, uppercut, straight-body punching, overhand punch, spinning back fist, superman punch, and other combination strikes. The hands, including the shoulders, are also used to effectively make clinching techniques. Of course, they can also be used to block, avoid, parry or deflect a blow. In short, both hands can be both a weapon of aggression or as a means for a defective technique.
Shin conditioning is an important aspect in Muay Thai training. In the twelfth century, training often entails kicking the trunk of a banana, rubber or palm tree. Some even resort to rolling bottles or any hard objects into the shin. Today, trainees make use of heavy-duty bags and pads (as well as salves made from essential oils) to strengthen their shins and leg area. Like boxing, Muay Thai is also predominantly anchored on kicking techniques. From body kick to low kick, head kick, axe kick, step-up kick, teeps, slapping and jumping kicks, roundhouse kick and so on, the shins and legs are used in lightning-quick speed to topple an opponent hard.
The knee technique, called Tee-Khao, is another vicious fighting tactic in Muay Thai. Though known to be difficult for beginners, adequate training will make a fighter use the knee to viciously fight an opponent. Knee kicks are usually done by raising one knee when attacking an opponent requiring not just speed and agility but proper balance as well. Though a flying kick can attack an opponent via long range approach, the lock-and-attack method is more widely used. This entails grabbing an opponent’s neck to attack the face, particularly the jawline, with the knees. The five known knee kick techniques are straight knee kick (khao trong), diagonal knee kick (khao chiang), horizontal knee kick (khao tad), knee slap (khao tob), and step-up knee-kick (khao yieb).
Another lethal technique used in Muay Thai make good use of one’s elbows. It is often used as a combination technique with power punches and kicks. It is predominantly used in the following movement– horizontal, upward/downward diagonals, uppercut, back-spin, downward, and flying. To cut an opponent’s brow to bleed and block his or her vision, a side attack can also be used. Elbows are also excellent defense or blocks for various punches, kicks and knee attacks.
Muay Thai is basically a sport that covers a wide array of fighting techniques– and the weapons needed are within you. These 8 Muay Thai weapons need to be properly trained and strengthened to ensure gravity of impact on every blow. Keep in mind that this game is all about power, accuracy, speed, agility and mindset. Training these weapons to your advantage is a must.