Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Your defense is always offensive in muay boran

Just because my arms aren't wrapped up in hemp and I'm not wearing long shorts doesn't mean it ain't muay oran. Here's a few things to consider about muay thai in general, but more specifically the older styles(muay boran, muay chao churd, mae mai, even lerdrit):

1. Even your defense is offensive, be ultra aggressive
2. Face the weapon
3. You rarely move back, more often you move in as your opponent strikes
4. Like in bando, you're always looking to take your enemy's territory (drive him back)
5. Strike hard, use your elbows often, and aim for soft tissue.
6. Blogspot's content editor doesn't auto format numbering...annoying.

I really don't recommend going under and hooking a kick in any street fight scenario. You leave yourself way too open, but in the ring when you're sparring, now that's another story.


  1. I think it's "muay boran". Nice blog

  2. I think you're right. I think I need to fire my spell checker.

  3. I just felt compelled to say that you are a great teacher!

  4. Thank you very much Pandu. I appreciate the fact that people are getting something out of this.

  5. Very nice! However, it seems that like with other "step-in" defenses you need to be able to read minds pretty well because you have to commit to the step in advance. If the opponent isn't actually doing a kick there you put yourself right in front of him to knock you out (unless he's slow) :-)

  6. reading minds or attack anticipation. either way thanks donnie.

  7. From the times I've sparred, high round kicks are actually easier to see coming than a low kick, and also easier to defend against. I wouldn't be surprised to see those "step-in" defenses working well.