Kick boxing has become a craze, and Muay Thai—or Thai boxing—the national sport of Thailand has become one of the most prominent martial arts forms in the mixed martial arts (MMA) arena. Useful as a method of self-defense, an excellent way to top physical conditioning, and effective in stand-up fighting, Thai boxing is often called "the art of eight limbs." Hands, elbows, shins, and knees characterize Muay Thai, in the combined use of punches, kicks, and standing grappling moves.
In this book, author Joe Harvey, an experienced martial artist with close to 20 years of active training and teaching, covers Muay Thai stances and such moves as:
Upper body strikes and defenses
Lower body strikes and defenses
Plum/clinch tie up defenses
Stalking and retreating
Also, read about what equipment is best to use, training and endurance drills, and specific problem areas.
Mastering Muay Thai Kick-Boxing is an outstanding aid to anyone training in Muay Thai or MMA—new students will learn the moves efficiently through clear diagrams that include centerline, levels, directional angles, and linear positioning. Over 200 color photographs supplement the diagrams, making it easy for more experienced students to refine their techniques. Joe E. Harvey, who began official training at the age of ten, understands what students need, and presents learners with many aids, training drills, tips and more!
Joe E. Harvey holds a black belt from training in Muay Thai, Filipino Martial Arts, and Jeet Kune Do Concepts from Patrick Tray at the Trident Academy of Martial Arts, Woodbridge, Virginia. He has trained in Ji Do Kwan, Wu-Shu Kung-Fu, and Jhoon Rhee Taekwondo.
Hardcover, over 200 color photos and diagrams.