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Muay Thai Kickboxing is referred to as "The Science of Eight Limbs",
as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art.


The basic offensive techniques in Muay Thai Kickboxing use fists, elbows, shins, feet, and knees to strike the opponent. To bind the opponent for both offensive and defensive purposes, small amounts of stand-up grappling are used: the clinch. The clinch is applied by holding the opponent either around the neck or around the body. In Western Boxing, the two fighters are separated when they clinch. Defensively, the concept of "wall of defense" is used, in which shoulders, arms and legs are used to hinder the attacker from successfully executing his techniques. Because of the power involved with Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques, fighters do not often block strikes like in other martial arts. Fighters prefer to evade attacks by stepping out of range or moving toward their opponent in order to buffer techniques such as kicks.



Though the high kicks to the head appear spectacular during a competition, the most destructive blows tend to be elbow and knee strikes. When Muay Thai Kickboxing boxers fight against other stylists (and if they are permitted to use the entire Muay Thai Kickboxing arsenal), they almost invariably emphasize elbow (sok) and knee (kao) techniques to gain a distinct advantage.

Two Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques were adopted by fighters from other martial arts: The Thai low kick and the Thai roundhouse kick. They are actually variations of the same kick, but hit at different heights. The low kick uses a rotational movement of the entire body to hit the opponent's outer thigh or side of knee with the shin. When not properly defended against, this technique often leads to the end of the fight, as the opponent has great difficulty standing after a few powerful low-kicks. The Thai roundhouse kick is also unique and was adapted for its efficiency. The kick is carried out with a straight leg and the entire body rotating from the hip, which is "locked" right before the leg makes contact to the opponent. At close ranges, Thai boxers strike with the shin; at longer ranges, the foot makes contact.

Almost all techniques in Muay Thai Kickboxing use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, and block. The rotation of the hips in Muay Thai Kickboxing techniques, and intensive focus on "core muscles" (such as abdominal muscles and surrounding muscles) is very distinctive and is what sets Muay Thai Kickboxing apart from other styles of martial arts.