Martial Arts Partners
In most martial arts training, there will come a time when you have to practice with a partner or an opponent. After reaching a level of mastering solitary skills such as stillness, balance, movement memorization and self-control, it is time for the student to take on an opponent. Not all martial arts training done with a partner has to be combative. Training with a partner should involve careful study of self-defense, your partner's intention in each move and your own positioning. A good martial arts partner is someone whose skill set is equal or better than yours. You must trust and respect your partner. Both partners must respect and adhere to the rules and philosophy of the martial arts you practice. Practicing with a partner will help you to analyze where you need improvement. While practicing with a partner, remember to stay focused and present. Do not let outer or inner distractions disrupt your practice. This includes too much talking between partners and also inside your own head. Quiet your mind and train it to focus on your partner, so that you can effortlessly defend yourself and prepare to deliberately beat your partner in a bout.
Muay Thai Basics
Muay thai boxing, the national sport of Thailand, is a mixed martial arts style of fighting similar to kickboxing. Muay Thai boxing involves the use of the entire body especially rotation in the hips and core muscles. It has the additional moniker "the art of eight limbs" because strikes are executed by the hands, shins, elbows, and knees. These 8 points of contact differ from western boxing which has 2 points and other sport related martial arts that have 4 points of contact.
Besides basic boxing punches like the jab, hook, and upper cut, Muay Thai boxing also incorporates the spinning back fist punch and the cobra. There are also a variety of elbow strikes, kicking, knee strikes and foot thrusts. For offensive and defensive fighting, boxers use stand-up grappling to strike and bind opponents. Muay Thai boxing training, like most other martial arts or boxing forms, involves full body conditioning. Training sessions incorporate running, shadowboxing, rope jumping, weight resistance exercises, medicine ball workouts and abdominal strengthening. Additionally, Muay Thai boxers will spend a large portion of training time practicing in rounds that involve opponents or training pads.
Whether you have a child whose behavior needs some reeling in or you've been behaving poorly yourself, martial arts offers the best in self-discipline training. Martial Arts traditions are steeped in principles of self-discipline, focus, balance and centered living. If you are looking for a very physical and active type of self-disciplining, you will want to look into centers that teach tae kwon do, karate or judo. If you are seeking a more spiritual and low impact activity to improve self-discipline, look for martial arts centers with tai chi chuan, ba-qua and hsing-i classes. Committing to a series of classes at a martial arts studio is the first step in training oneself to be a controlled and composed athlete.
Mixed Martial Arts
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) has become one of the most popular martial arts competitions. It is a full contact combat sport. The Ultimate Fighting Championship, which helped to increase MMA's popularity, has thousands of fans across many countries. Mixed martial arts fighters combine training in several well known martial arts styles to formulate the perfect way to knock out an opponent. Originally, mixed martial arts competitions were set up to see which martial arts form was the best at combating an opponent, but now many fighters combine several arts. Some of the more popular styles used include: Brazial Jiu Jitsu, Judo, karate, kickboxing, wrestling, Kung Fui, and Tae Kwon do. Fighters use striking and grappling techniques while standing or on the ground to make opponents submit. A victory is called either by a referee after an allotted time has passed, by a fighter who can no longer defend himself, or by a fight doctor. The rules and regulations for UFC bouts have evolved to protect more of the fighters and to make the fights more fair. Newer styles of submission combat have also evolved from mixed martial arts fighting such as: sprawl and brawl, clinch fighting, and ground and pound. Mixed martial arts is a particularly grueling form of combat and the fighters must train rigorously to be able to sustain strength during a bout.