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History of Muay Thai / MMA Striking & Self-Defense

Our foundational influence was through Scott Francis, former World Champion, who has more of a Dutch style Thai kickboxing brought to him by Rick Davis and passed on to Greg Thompson. Over the past 15 years of fighting MMA, Team ROC’s Muay Thai classes have evolved with more of a MMA influence. This influence is to keep the fight on your feet with realistic clinching with wall and cage work, as well as, a true understanding of fighting with MMA gloves or no gloves.

For current training influences we bring in the top training MMA striking coaches, Greg Nelson who has trained several UFC Champions and Greg Jackson, two time UFC coach of the year. This gives students a better realistic approach to striking at the highest level, while giving the beginner the most efficient training for the cage or street. For self-defense, we work on eye gouging and groin strikes.

Muay Thai (known to some outside of Thailand as Muay Thai kickboxing) is a national sport of Thailand as well as a national passion.
It is a fighting technique born out of combat reality. Known as the science of eight limbs, Muay Thai kickboxing uses the knees and elbows as well as kicks and punches. Almost any part of the body is considered a fair target and any part of the body, except the head, may be used to strike an opponent. It is considered by many to be the ultimate in hand-to-hand fighting. Muay Thai kickboxing is a professional and amateur sport, a martial art, aerobic fitness program and a useful form of self-defense, but Muay Thai kickboxing is more than just learning how to fight. Muay Thai kickboxing is a strong and vigorous martial art that teaches self-discipline and self-awareness. It has been passed down through generations for the last 2000 years.

Dutch Style Kickboxing the Dutch Muay Thai style, is more influenced by western boxing. The traditional Muay Thai stance (most of all the guard) is more affected to muay boran where you keep your hands very high, while in dutch Muay Thai you’re keeping your hands lower and closer to the head so you can better protect your chin as well as your body (traditional Muay Thai fighters block the kicks up to their ribs by raising their leg, while western Muay Thai fighters prefer to block the kicks/punches to the body with their arms). Another difference is the clinch game, which is seen much more often in traditional Muay Thai.

Video Corner
Gracie Self Defense and SOCP Demo at Team Roc Fayetteville

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