Our striking program at The LAB is based on these three disciplines:
This striking art is the oldest, dating back to it's acceptance in the ancient Olympic Games in 688 BC. Limited to just the use of the hands, boxers utilize angles, footwork and head movement to get into striking range.
Kickboxing uses western style boxing mixed kicks added in to the mix. Competitors in this sport can strike from greater range because of the use of kicks. The name Kickboxing is sometimes used as a catch all to describe any striking form that allows both punches and kicks to thrown in competition.
This striking art is sometimes referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" because of the use of all eight points of contact: punches, elbows, kicks and knees strikes. It was developed in Taiwan when the country was constantly under the threat of attack. The fighting was usually short range, so the body’s natural weapons such as the head, fists, elbows and feet would necessarily also have been utilized. Undoubtedly, it is the systematic use of these natural weapons, developed as a practical fighting skill for the battlefield that came to be Muay Thai boxing.
All of our striking classes are run with great attention to our students safety. Proper protection is worn at all times, and instructor permission must be given in order to spar. We pride ourselves on our technical attention to detail, but these classes are also a great way to get an excellent cardio workout.
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