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Thai Boxing

Thai Boxing or ‘Muay Thai’ is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. Considered to be the toughest and most effective form of kickboxing, it forms the basis of many MMA fighter’s striking skillset and is thought to blend well with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in particular, with many Brazilian fighters  such as Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo using the two together very effectively.

Thai Boxing has incorporated Western Boxing punching and footwork techniques to become more rounded and effective against other martial arts and in self-defence situations,  fighters using either the Western or Thai stance which allows for either long range or short range attacks to be used effectively without opening themselves to counter-attack.

The devastating Thai round kick – similar to a karate roundhouse kick but thrown from a narrower stance and with full hip rotation – and an  array of vicious elbow strikes thrown from all angles and distances are the key Muay Thai striking techniques used by MMA fighters, but the ‘plum’ or Thai Clinch, where the fighter controls the head of their opponent and attacks with knee and elbow strikes to the head and body is also extremely important.

Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning, fitness and live sparring in training. Punches, kicks, knees, and elbow strikes are practiced with a trainer wearing thick pads which cover the forearms and hands. These special pads are used to absorb the impact of the fighter’s strikes and allow the fighter to react to the attacks of the pad holder in a live situation.

 

Wrestling

Wrestling is considered to be an important base element of submission grappling and mixed-martial-art competition and also benefits those who train Jiu-Jitsu in the Gi, developing explosive takedowns from standing, clinchwork, balance and pressure from the top position.

Wrestling contains a wide variety of grappling techniques such as clinch fighting, throws and takedowns, joint locks, pins and other grappling holds. Wrestlers focus on achieving a superior or dominant position on their opponent, utilising head and wrist control and explosive takedowns to ground and pin the other fighter.

Wrestling is one of the oldest forms of combat and there are many styles with varying technical approaches practiced all over the world. Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling are both popular styles and Olympic sports. The American Collegiate style is the base art for many American mixed martial artists and submission grapplers, although elements from all three styles are found in submission grappling and MMA competition, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. For example, Greco-Roman wrestling forbids attacking the legs in any way and focuses on throws and clinch work.

 

Strength & Conditioning

Whether you are a seasoned athlete seeking the most from your sporting performance, or are simply looking to increase your overall well-being in everyday life, the team at Estima Strength & Fitness will provide the tools and experience to meet your demands. We offer high quality  tuition in Strength and Conditioning, Sports Massage, Weight Management, Functional Fitness and Injury Rehabilitation.

 

Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that incorporates a wide variety of martial arts techniques and strategies. Fighters with a strong background in one particular art can compete in MMA, although to fight at the highest levels of the sport it is seen as necessary to have a sound grasp of all three base arts – striking, jiu-jitsu and wrestling.
The combat sport of Vale Tudo that had developed in Brazil from the 1920s was brought to the United States by the Gracie family in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
In due course the more dangerous Vale Tudo style bouts of the early UFCs were made safer with the implementation of additional rules, aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport, leading to the popular regulated form of MMA seen today.

Training in MMA consists of technique drills and live sparring sessions, with classes emphasising both single arts and combinations of techniques from different styles.

 

 

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