|Academy of Combat Newsletter #151
The Kids martial arts classes are currently on a break for the school holidays. They will resume on Monday the 1st of May.
3) There is Friday Night sparring 6-7:30pm for BJJ, MMA and Thai Boxing. If you haven’t sparred before please book a sparring etiquette appointment at reception before your first session.
4) There is an open mat on Saturdays for sparring and drilling from 12pm until 2pm.
Balance & Control of Body-weight
One aspect of training any skilled body movement, especially Muay Thai techniques, is the maintenance of good body posture.
You must develop a fine sense of a balanced posture that allows you to move quickly and easily in any direction.
In addition, you must be able to move from attack to defense, and back again when required.
In order to do this you must develop a posture in which the head, shoulders and hips are held in a straight line above the feet; with the center of gravity positioned at a point between the feet.
A great analogy and mind-set is to pretend that you have a book balanced on your head at all times and move around, such that it would remain there.
When you move, keep your steps short and light, moving on the balls of the feet.
If you need to cover more distance use several steps instead of large jumping steps.
When you throw your punches avoid leaning forward as this not only brings your body weight onto the front leg (making it difficult for you to move effectively), but also puts the head in a position that makes it an easy target to hit.
When throwing your kicks, maintain an upright body position as much as possible when throwing the kick. Pay attention to the way your arms move when you throwing the kick as they play a major part in keeping the body erect.
When on the defense again develop a strong up fight posture that stays strong and tenses only when it takes the strike, relaxing immediately after, in preparation for throwing explosive counter attacks.
Also on defense, train yourself to move out of the way of strikes, just enough, so that the opponent misses but staying close so that you can quickly counter-attack. This is the "make him miss, then make him pay" strategy.
Train good movement and body posture by shadow-boxing in front of a mirror and when you drill your techniques, with your partner on the pads, have him/her comeback striking you with the pads after you have thrown your technique. This will train you to maintain good posture in defense and to move around effectively.
Once you have developed the ability to throw a technique then take a counter-attack from your pad-man then train throwing an immediate counter-attack of your own.
These are just a few tips for developing you balance and posture when training Muay Thai techniques. You must train hard and consistently to develop your balance and posture as it is extremely important for Muay Thai.
For much more about developing your movement , body posture and balance in Muay Thai training check out the Muay Thai online training course at http://www.MuayThaiTrainingSite.com it's dedicated to bringing you a complete resource for learning Muay Thai.
'Til next time keep training hard.Dr Geoff, Ph.D. www.UltimateFightingSystems.com
Balance and body posture are an extremely important aspect of effective Muay Thai fighting.
In this newsletter tip we discuss some of the important factors that you must pay attention to in your training and give some ideas for Muay Training exercises that will help you develop your balance and posture while executing Muay Thai techniques.
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