Muay Thai kickboxing is indispensable for MMA training

Muay Thai kickboxing is considered one of the most effective and important components to being able to deliver and defend against strikes while competing in MMA. A number of UFC fighters have successfully used this Thai martial art in their striking game, leading to big victories by knockout or decision in the octagon. Today, we’ll look at some of the reasons why Muay Thai is effective in MMA fights, and why we host Muay Thai classes throughout the week at our West Hartford Academy.

Variety of strikes using much of the body

Muay Thai is the most efficient and potent of the striking arts, given the ability to employ a wide range of strikes using alternating parts of the body. Boxing is confined to punches; general kickboxing to punches, knees, and kicks. Our Muay Thai classes teach traditional Muay Thai kickboxing which allows the use of:

  • Fists
  • Elbows
  • Knees
  • Shins
  • Feet

In addition to using these parts of the body, your body will begin to “harden” as you train. Sparring matches will test your stamina, give you a great cardio workout, and inevitably make you more resilient when you’re on the receiving end of a strike. Of course, defense is also a huge part of training in Muay Thai. In defense, you will learn techniques which maximize opportunities for counter attacks and evasion.

Highly effective, proven means of striking

Roundhouse kicks, low kicks (to the leg), horizontal elbows, knee strikes – in coming weeks, we will begin to look at how these strikes are performed and why they are effective in general and especially in MMA bouts.

Learn Muay Thai in West Hartford, CT


We offer free introductory classes in all martial art styles that we teach. Why? Because we want you to have an opportunity to “try before you buy,” and also to be able to find the right fit in terms of style and class environment. Our Muay Thai instructors and staff are committed to your positive experience. That is why we are the top-rated martial arts school in the West Hartford area. We look forward to training with you!

**Photo Credit for this post goes to RonZel Hendrix.**