• Duration: 60 minutes
  • Skill Level: All
  • Calorie Burn: 500-800
  • Learn an effective system for sport or street defense.
  • Increase self-confidence through hard training.
  • Learn tactics, timing, and distance strategies.
  • Improve cardio and endurance capacity.
  • Learn to effectively use punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.
  • Work all your stress out.

The Art of Eight Limbs: Muay Thai Kickboxing

Muay Thai is a combat kickboxing art and combat sport originating in Thailand with a strong emphasis on striking, full use of the body’s weapons, and close up fighting within the clinch. One of the key aspects of Muay Thai is its focus on turning as many areas of the body as possible into striking tools.

Muay Thai Kickboxing at the Wik Academy of Martial Arts and Self-Defense in Cincinnati

Muay Thai is often called “The Art of Eight Limbs” since it utilizes eight parts of the body as primary striking tools (two hands, two elbows, two knees, and two shins/feet). This provides Muay Thai a much wider range of striking options than many other traditional striking or kickboxing arts that focus primarily on use of hands only, like boxing, or hands and feet only, like Savate and Western kickboxing.

While not permissible in competition fights we also incorporate the ninth weapon of Muay Boran, headbutting. Our instruction in Muay Thai is separated into its use within self-defense situations in our core self-protection classes and into instruction in the combative sport side through our Muay Thai specific classes. The Muay Thai specific classes also provide a high level of conditioning training for those looking to get into competitive shape.

Class Format

Each Muay Thai class focuses on not only striking, but also learning a variety of defenses and evasions, drills to perfect form, conditioning exercises to increase your endurance and toughness, as well as sparring to hone your skills and be able to defend yourself effectively. You can expect a solid workout from every class and occasionally instructors will work in some calisthenics to better improve the conditioning level of students.

Muay Thai Kickboxing