Are you new to Muay Thai? If so, you are at the right place. If you have decided to learn Muay Thai, the best place to start is with the basics and Muay Thai combos.
Don’t desire a direct dive into complex combinations. Understand that for you to learn any martial art and be good at it, you have to engage in much drilling and repetition. Muay Thai is no exception. For you to improve the most, you need to put in much practice.
Most new comers in every sport have a notion that progress is only when you learn the most complex or fanciest skills. Experience with Muay Thai has proved that this is not necessarily true. Actually, the opposite has appeared to work best with this boxing game. As a beginner, the most basic combinations you first learn serve you best when you finally get a chance to fight. So, don’t be in a rush to learn complex stuff before you master the basics.
Quantity Versus Quality
Would you rather be more skilled in a few combinations, or would you rather learn as many combinations as possible at the expense of mastering a few? That solely depends on your personal focus, expectation and determination. What is your focus? What is your expectation, and how determined are you to achieve it? Your answer to each of these questions will tell you how fast you will learn Muay Thai.
Most times, most people focus more on quality than quantity. This is okay because to spread yourself across , thus, to stretch yourself to many skills, is to spread yourself thin, or to master few or no skills at all, hence making quantity an inferior component. By quantity, we are talking about the diversity of MuayThai fighting skills you wish to embrace and master.
How then, one may ask, does quantity emerge as a key component in training? The answer is simple: where mistakes are likely to be made. If all you want to do is to sharpen your skills, then you are courting staleness, or boredom, in training.
During one’s preparation for a fight, mistakes made in training can be extremely costly. The entire training camp can be thrown off. Understand that the margins of error can be very thin. Therefore, as pertains to this matter, there is simply no room for lollygagging up.
When you are not training for a fight, the scenario is totally different. This is where all the fun begins, because you are not under any pressure.
Here, you put in everything to see what sticks, while at the same time, trying out new combinations to see what works best for you.
To develop yourself better, loosen up a bit. Don’t be too focused on perfection. Choose to be a bit indifferent to it. To be more innovative take a second look at things and you will see them differently.
As A Beginner Your Goal/ Objective Should Be Clear
- Your basic techniques.
- To achieve stability in movement.
- To have good rhythm and control.
Learn about your stance and rhythm. This is very critical for a beginner. Changing bad habits much later is very difficult.
- To develop your guard.
Basically, your hands have to be up. Don’t try anything more advanced than this as a beginner. With hands raised up in position, you are able to block any advancing attacks from your opponent. As you become more experienced you can try something else, like Saenchai, the evasive guard.
Here below are some basic Muay Thai combinations. Such combinations are endless, given the versatility of striking. However, some are more effective than others.
As a beginner, your focus should be to master the basic skills: jab, hook, body (round) kicks, elbows, knees, cross. As you move on, you will also master uppercuts, head kicks, flying knees, low kicks, and spinning elbows, among others.
Talking of a jab, or a punch thrown during a fight, it may never do great damage to your opponent, but you can utilize it to achieve a few crucial things. It helps to keep your opponent busy, as well as to distract him from delivering a deadly attack. With it, you can also open up your opponent’s guard, besides gauging your striking distance. Actually, every combo starts with a jab because of these reasons. Always let them come naturally.
- Jab – Lead Teep
- Jab – Rear Elbow
- Jab – lead Elbow – Rear Elbow – Knee
- Jab – Cross – Liver Hook – Kick
- Cross – Switch Kick
- Cross – Hook – Low Kick
- Hook – Roundhouse – Knee
- Lead Uppercut – Cross – Inside Low Kick
- Inside Leg Kick – Cross
Combos are really great. Adding a simple strike to a combo totally changes its dynamics. For example, a body shot added to a basic 1-2-3 combo opens up new opportunities for you. However, to become as unpredictable as possible, go for Brocken rhythm.
Best Approach For Muay Thai Combos
The best approach is usually to start from the simple to the complex. Start working on a few simple combinations until they are fluid in you, or until they become second nature. This is only when you can move on to more advanced combos, from where you can begin to explore your own combinations. Remember, there are endless possibilities, only that you must start somewhere. The very basic can be the one that wins a fight for you.
The Training Pattern For Muay Thai Combos
Once you commit to Must Thai, following a specific training pattern helps you achieve your goals faster. It includes running or road work, shadow boxing, pad work, bag work, partner drills, clinching and sparring and body conditioning. All these are designed to make you very confident in fighting and defending yourself. Partner drills, for example, help you to develop you timing, reflexes and reactions, while body conditioning toughens your body, so that you can withstand heavy attacks without giving In.
Having had a glimpse into Muay Thai basics, you should be able to make progress at your pace. Whether somebody else appears to be developing faster than you is not not important. Remain very focused.