Mushin’s kickboxing program derives its technique from the art of Muay Thai. Muay Thai is a kickboxing style originating in Thailand. What separates Muay Thai from Western styles of kickboxing are its techniques using the elbows and the knees, both points of contact that are illegal in many other full contact striking styles. Because of this differentiation, Muay Thai is often referred to as “the science of eight limbs”. Muay Thai matches are steeped in tradition with fighters often wearing ceremonial garb and performing prefight dances called “Wai Khru Ram Muay”. These fights typically have musical accompaniment with live musicians performing traditional Siamese songs on the oboe and drums.
Advanced Muay Thai Kickboxing In 1959, a Karate master named Tatsuo Yamada decided to create a full contact sport version of Karate. He invited a champion from Thailand to help with this endeavor. In 1966, they partnered with a boxing promoter named Osamu Noguchi and started a new fighting event that would be governed by an organization they formed called The Kickboxing Association.
This began a worldwide interest in Muay Thai and kickboxing in general. Variations of kickboxing started to take root in countries all over the world, and in 1973, it was introduced to the Netherlands via the Dutch Kickboxing Association. The Dutch had a profound influence on the way Muay Thai is now practiced in the West. The Dutch incorporated the intricacies and punching prowess of western boxing and combined it with the brutal leg attacks the Thai fighters had become famous for. The Dutch style incorporates more head movement, footwork, and close range kicks. Though these differences may seem subtle, they have allowed the Dutch to dominate the international kickboxing scene, producing champions like Rob Kaman, Ramon Dekkers, Ernesto Hoost, Semy Schilt, Alistair Overeem, and Bas Rutten.
It is in this brutal Dutch style of Muay Thai that Mushin’s instructors specialize. Though this style of kickboxing can be used to devastating effect in the ring or cage, it is also a great way to get in shape! Our classes are broken down so people of all ages and physical disparities can learn to perform these techniques safely and effectively. Kickboxing is a great way to get the heart rate up without the mindless repetition of running, biking, or elliptical machines. And, though we do train fighters at Mushin, no one is pressured or expected to spar or fight. You can train at Mushin without the fear of getting hit.
Boxing is one of the world’s oldest sports with artistic depictions dating as far back as 3000 B.C.E. It was adopted into the ancient Olympic games in 688 B.C.E. and continued to thrive as a Roman gladiatorial event. However, Roman boxing matches were typically held to the death, and when compared to the swift death weapons allow, boxing matches seemed harsh and brutal. Thus, the sport eventually fell out of the favor of the Roman public.
The sport resurfaced in England during the early 16th century as the wearing and use of swords to settle disputes waned. However, these early matches were very chaotic, as there were no unified rules or referees to govern matches. This lead to Jack Broughton writing the first set of rules in 1743 to protect the participants, as deaths were not uncommon in these bouts. Under Broughton’s rules, a fighter had 30 seconds to stand up and continue fighting after being knocked, lest he forfeit the fight. These rules also forbade grabbing below the waist and introduced “mufflers”, an early form of padded glove.
These rules did not last long, however. And, the standards of boxing were in constant flux, until in 1867 John Chambers drafted a set of rules funded by the Marquess of Queensbury. These rules, introduced the iconic square ring and three minute round time. These rules, known as the Marquees of Queensbury rules, have been modified slightly and gradually, over the years, to become the sport we know, today.
Though the rule set of boxing limits attacks to just use of the hands, it is an extremely complex and intricate sport. Also called “the sweet science”, boxing makes use of elaborate footwork to gain angular and leverage based advantages on opponents. Subtle head movements and level changes can make experienced boxers seem almost incorporeal to an opponent trying to land a solid punch. And, their catlike acceleration can make a punch from even the smallest of boxers pack a wallop.
Mushin’s boxing program is designed to accommodate the hobbyist as well as the seasoned professional. Our highly qualified instructors can help someone with no athletic background through the most basic techniques as well as elevate an experienced practitioner to that next level. Boxing is great way to get in shape and learn a practical form of self-defense at the same time.
Our women’s striking classes offer the best parts of all of our programs. They incorporate aspects of boxing and kickboxing along with an intense fitness regimen to tone muscle and burn calories all while learning self-defense! Our friendly, knowledgeable trainers will personally guide you through the technical aspects of these striking arts to ensure safety and proficiency. They will also push your body to new fitness heights with routines designed by elite combat athletes to take anyone from the couch to the cage. But, don’t worry, we don’t pressure anyone to fight or spar. Our women’s striking program is just as beneficial to the hobbyist, looking to get in shape, as it is to the pro athlete, looking for elite training.