Muay Thai Techniques
Sharing Real Life Techniques of Muay Thai for the Student and Professional


Kicking is one of the most used techniques in Thai Boxing and is used to set up other attacks.  In this video, you’ll notice the first drill is the multiple alternating kicks.  This is a good drill to run the last 5-15 seconds of a round, it’ll help develops your kicking speed and form.

The second drill is the single kick.  This is the time to develop the power of your kick.  Watch Yodsaenglai Fairtex’s form; the arm on the kicking leg side, slices through the air to his side, helping to generate power.  When he kicks, he raises on the ball of his foot and pivots his body to his opponent.  The only thing I teach differently is to have the non-slicing arm (opposite arm of the kicking leg), come across the face and temple in order to protect your melon.


My favorite technique and the one I’ve caused the most damage with is the straight knee. I dedicate hours of bag/pad training to develop the power and strength in my knee. The knee is the most powerful weapon in the fighter’s arsenal; it’s one of the hardest areas and can deliver the most amount of force. When a proper knee is delivered you should be using your whole body to drive the knee through your opponent.

The best way to deliver the knee is by getting your opponent in a head/neck clinch, simultaneously driving their head towards your knee, while bringing your knee to either their face or solar plexus. You should be using your whole muscle structure; abs, lats, shoulders, hamstrings, glutes, etc to drive your opponent down, while driving your knee up.

Proper Location for the Hands for a Head/Neck clinch


I just mentioned the Solar Plexus and a lot of people know where it’s located, but not why it’s a favorite target for fighters. If you’ve ever been hit hard in the Solar Plexus, you know it’ll drop you fast. The solar plexus are also known as the celiac plexus or plexus c liacus. It’s basically a cluster of nerves behind the stomach and below the diaphragm. When this cluster of nerves get struck, it causes a sympathetic response in the body, which usually consists of loss of breath, cramps, and falling to the floor like a sack of pototoes. The response is just like that of leg kicks and striking the Common Peroneal Nerve (See Leg Kicks).

Solar Plexus


Having someone drill you on Thai pads is probably one of the more important training tools in the fighters preparation for battle and holding Thai Pads requires a great amount of skill and practice.  I’m sure some of you have had a beginner hold pads for you and it felt very akward.

Don’t watch the fighters technique, but watch the Thai Pad holders technique.  Notice he gives pressure back when the opponent strikes the pads.  There’s nothing worse than striking a pad that has no back pressure, it’s like shaking hands with someone that doesn’t squeeze your hand.  It just don’t feel right.  Also, you can work defense drills while holding pads, throw kicks, throw punches, throw knees, make the fighter work.