Muay Thai Boxing (Personal Training)

AMAC Muay Thai Boxing (Personal Training) Instructors:

Sifu Alan BakerChris BenfieldIris Mathews

The AMAC Muay Thai Boxing program is designed for the busy adult looking to improve their physical conditioning and their cardiovascular fitness as they learn one of the most powerful striking arts in the world.

In the basic program sparring/fighting with other students is optional, so you don’t have to worry about getting injured as you train. In every class we strive to create a high energy and safe class environment for you to participate in. It is our goal to assist you on your goal of self improvement and a high level martial education at every level. Proper and consistent Muay Thai training will produce a healthy and strong body.

Muay Thai workouts allow you to burn out 350 to 500 calories or more in just an hour. It also helps maintaining the heart rate at 75 percent to 85 percent regular beat. This has been proven to be good and is the recommended range if you are exercising or into training. The class environment will also develop higher levels of personal discipline, determination, self‐confidence and focus.

This class combines movements from Burmese Boxing and Thai Boxing, two of the most powerful standing martial arts in the world. So you are actually learning something you could use if the situation called for it. AMAC is certified under the TBA Thai Boxing Association of the USA & Master Surachai “Chai” Sirisute. The TBA is one of the top organizations in the United States for Muay Thai Boxing. We are also an affiliate academy of Ajarn Greg Nelson. A certified program ensures quality instruction and information.

The AMAC Muay Thai Boxing Program

The Atlanta Martial Arts Center in Woodstock GA is a certified affiliate under two of the most predominant organizations in the United States. First is the Thai Boxing Association of the USA, The Thai Boxing Association of the U.S.A. (TBA‐USA), the oldest and largest Muay Thai organization in the United States, was founded in 1968 by Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute. (Ajarn is Thai for head instructor.)

Ajarn “Chai” Sirisute came to the United States with a vision to spread Muay Thai to throughout the world, and he is the first‐ever Thai boxing instructor to teach Americans this art and he has worked tirelessly for 40 years to that end. We are indeed grateful to Ajarn Chai for his gift of the knowledge of Muay Thai.

The TBA‐USA now has representation in almost every state in the USA and has expanded to establish affiliate organizations in more than 15 countries around the world.

Second AMAC is affiliated with Ajarn Greg Nelson, Mr. Nelson is well known as one of the best Mixed Martial Arts coaches in the sport & is in high demand worldwide for seminars and specialized workshops. He spends much of his time researching and developing techniques and training methods to build The Academy fight teams. As a coach, he has developed numerous world champions in both MMA and Muay Thai, Mr. Nelson and the Academy team have produced numerous other international, national, & state championship competitors and medal winners in professional and amateur Muay Thai & sport Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu/ submission grappling.

Ajarn Greg Nelson and the Academy Team have produced three UFC Champions at 3 different weight classes. These include Dave Menne, the 1st Middleweight UFC World Champion, Sean Sherk Lightweight the 2nd UFC World Champion, and Brock Lesnar Heavyweight UFC World Champion. He holds the rare distinction in the MMA world of training them from the beginning of their fight careers to their title fights.

Muay Thai Boxing History

Muay Thai is referred to as the science of 8 limbs, so Lethwei can be called the science of 9 limbs, due to the allowance of head butts. In comparison, Lethwei can be interpreted as being bolder and more extreme. The techniques are a bit slower and stronger than in the other Southeast Asian kickboxing forms, possibly because it has more Indian influence than the other styles. Fights are traditionally held outdoors in sandpits instead of rings, but in modern times they are now held in rings. Popular techniques in Lethwei include leg kicks, knees, elbows, head butts, raking knuckle strikes, and take downs.

Muay Thai literally Thai Boxing and also known as The Art of the Eight Limbs is the Thai name for a form of hard martial arts practiced in several Southeast Asian countries including Thailand. It is known as Pradal Serey in Cambodia, Tomoi in Malaysia, Muay Lao in Laos and as a similar style called Lethwei in Myanmar. The different styles of kickboxing in Southeast Asia are analogous to the different types of Kung Fu in China or Silat in the Malay peninsula.

Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies slightly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A master practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport‐oriented forms of martial arts.

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was, essentially, developed as a form of close‐combat that used the entire body as a weapon. However, it must be added that the history of Muay Thai, and its’ direct origin is a question of debate among modern scholars. Much of the history of Muay Thai was lost when the Burmese sacked Ayudhaya, the capital city of Siam (Thailand) in the 14th century. The Burmese looted the temples and depositories of knowledge held in the capital, and most written history was lost in this period. What volumes were saved are preserved and protected as national treasures for Thai culture and heritage.

What is known is that Muay Thai uses the body to mimic the weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.

The origin of Muay Thai, as a fighting style, is thought to have developed for centuries as tribes migrated south from the steppes of China through Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. The major tribes of that period, one of which was the (Tai) Siamese, fought fiercely to survive as they moved south and encountered other smaller tribes in what is now northern and central Thailand, and as far south as Malaysia. Through training, loss of life, military tactics, and hand‐to‐hand combat, technique and tactics were honed to a razors edge, and the rudimentary elements of a “fighting‐style” began to take root.

Older soldiers and fathers taught their students and sons the offensive and defensive tactics and techniques, proper posture and position, and skills to enhance awareness. Those students and sons went on to teach their children, and the roots and permanent structure of an “effective fighting‐style“ began to strengthen. Proper technique and power strikes were a vital element in war that requires hand‐to‐hand skills. Each strike and movement is meant to deliever a debilitating and crushing blow, and enable the fighter to move on to the next opponent quickly without leaving himself exposed to an attack.

It would seem that the evolution of the most‐effective hand‐to‐hand form of combat evolved in a rather Darwin‐like manner demanding survival of the fittest: those who fought well…lived and taught others before falling themselves.

The Thai were on constant guard against attack from neighboring countries, including Burma and Cambodia. Enemies for centuries, the Burmese and Thai fought several wars wreaking destruction on both countries. Muay Thai was primarily a part of the Thai culture during this period and was a mandatory training as part of the Thai military of that time. The military continued to train soldiers for centuries in the art of Muay Thai: defining, and refining the skills, tactics, and techniques with the wars against the Burmese, Cambodians, and other invaders.

Young Thai men returning from a tour of duty with the military soon engaged in matches for sport and fun in villages and towns. Each province, town, and village would support a local fighter who showed some promise and skill. Older warriors, survivors of many battles and engagements of the enemy, became Muay Thai instructors and teachers [Kroo Muay]. The love of the sport, and a need for the defense of the kingdom made Muay Thai a part of the Thai culture for the next 500 years as generation after generation passed the skills on to the next.

Ultimately, as a martial artist it is about getting better, continually striving to be the best that you can be. To do that you have to be under watchful eyes of those that have spent years training, honing their skills, learning different training methods, better ways to teach, investing in their craft going to seminars, doing private lessons, actually going to places like Thailand, Brazil, Holland… to learn everything they can about the art(s) they are teaching… and lastly, they are always honing their own skills and learning how to pass on and share their vast knowledge.

- Greg Nelson

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