Searching for a boxing gym in Central Indiana? You should consider giving Muay Thai a try!
Unless you’re an avid martial artist (or martial arts fan), you might not have heard of Muay Thai before. While the sport is popular in the U.S., most of our pop culture has historically focused on karate, tae kwon do, or Western boxing (like Rocky and Creed). Thai boxing is still up-and-coming in America, and in Central Indiana in particular.
As you can guess from its name, Muay Thai comes from Thailand. It’s often referred to as “Thai boxing” although this name can make things a little confusing. Muay Thai and Western boxing are both great workouts with deeply-rooted traditions, but there are some key differences that make Thai boxing an outstanding practice for everyone whether you’re trying to get in shape, learn self-defense, or are looking to compete.
Here are some of the biggest differences between Western boxing and Muay Thai:
- The Art of the Eight Limbs: While Western boxing focuses on punches, Muay Thai incorporates the use of what we call the “eight limbs:” two fists, two elbows, two knees, and two shins to strike opponents or attackers. Mastering these techniques allows you to strike from various angles and distances, adding layers of tactics and strategy not found in Western boxing.
- Clinching & Grappling: Another key difference between Thai boxing and its Western cousin is the inclusion of clinching and grappling (meaning: close-range fighting). Clinching involves close-range weapons like knee and elbow strikes as well as grappling techniques. These close-range elements make Muay Thai a more effective means of self-defense than boxing.
- Mental & Physical Conditioning: While Western boxing is no easy walk in the park, Thai boxing is also renowned for its rigorous training methods for both mental and physical fortitude. Through intense workouts, drills, and sparring (or as we like to call it “technical drilling”), students benefit physically by gaining strength and stamina. Since Muay Thai is so technical with eight limbs at your disposal, it builds mental fortitude and makes you a more strategic thinker, even under pressure.
- Cultural Richness & Tradition: Muay Thai deeply reflects Thailand’s history, values, and spirituality. While Western boxing also has its fair share of traditions, giving Thai boxing a try will expand your horizons to a new culture you might not have experienced before. Most KruFit coaches have actually traveled and trained in Thailand so they can share the cultural significance and traditions of Thai boxing with you.
- Holistic Fitness & Well-being: Muay Thai is inherently a full-body workout, whereas Western boxing focuses heavily on upper-body movement for the most part. A Thai boxing workout provides you with an exceptional cardiovascular workout while also improving your strength, endurance, and flexibility. The practice also serves as a powerful stress reliever, promoting mental clarity and emotional balance. If you’re looking for a supportive community, we’d love to have you join ours. We’re always excited to welcome new students to the gym!
These are just some of the ways Muay Thai is unique from Western boxing (as well as from other martial arts). We take students at all levels whether you have years of experience or are a total beginner.
If you’re looking for a boxing or martial arts program in Fishers, Carmel, Noblesville, Indianapolis, or the surrounding areas, we’d love for you to join us.
Ready to try something new? Contact us today to set up your free trial class.