Stinger Muay Thai
Our Kickboxing is based on a Thai style which has an “eight-point” fighting system. (Kickboxing generally has a “four-point” system.) Essentially, this means that Muay Thai fighters can and will use fists, feet, knees and elbows to strike. This makes Muay Thai very effective for both cardio and self defence purposes.
Stinger Muay Thai was founded by Arjun Jovan Stojanovski who is based in Thailand.
Our Kickboxing is also suitable for all ages 5 + and taught in a family friendly environment with the high emphasis on fun, discipline, respect, humility, strength of body, mind and spirit with a high expectation of technical excellence.
Our grading structure sets clear goals to achieve the next belt/sash levels for kids and adults.
What Is Muay Thai?
Developed in Thailand, Muay Thai is at least a thousand years old and today prevails as Thailand’s national and most popular sport. Historically, Muay Thai (or “ancient boxing”) was a rite of passage of Thai men and a compulsory part of their military training. There is evidence of public matches of this form of unarmed combat throughout Thailand’s rich history. The Muay Thai we know today was modernized by Thai royalty in terms of how it is taught and how matches are arranged.
What Is Kickboxing?
Compared to Muay Thai, the popular form of kickboxing is a much younger sport, and came about in the 1960s when Japanese martial arts integrated Muay Thai into their fighting styles, creating the name “full-contact karate”.
Nowadays, the term is “kickboxing” is quite broad. The most common reference to kickboxing generally refers to the American style. However, it can also refer to any Indochinese fighting style (and its variations), including Muay Thai. Often Muay Thai practitioners will also practise kickboxing.
There are three key differences between Muay Thai and kickboxing.
• Eight point vs four point system: Muay Thai is an “eight-point” fighting system while kickboxing is a “four-point” system. The additional ‘points’ in Muay Thai are the knees and elbows (as well as fists and feet) which can be used to strike your opponent. In contrast, the use of knees or elbows in kickboxing may result in disqualification.
• Clinch fighting and grappling: Grappling is an essential part of Muay Thai, but is not permitted in kickboxing (especially the American version).
• Kick placement: Shin kicks and other kicks below the waist are permitted in Muay Thai. On the other hand, American kickboxing does not allow this.
These differences will lead some to argue that Muay Thai is more practical as a form of self-defence, but it is worth noting that kickboxing is largely taught as a sport, and not a method of protecting yourself.
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