A Guide to Muay Thai

Kickboxing is a generic term used to describe a combination of different striking or stand up fighting styles. Although the scope is broad, they all fall into the classification of a martial art. Kickboxing utilizes the entire body and ofterntimes takes place in a ring. This style of boxing is significantly tied to the Thailand martial art of Muay Thai. The history and style of Muay Thai is important to understand before beginning to practice it.

The History and Style of Kickboxing

Muay Thai originated in Thailand as a hand martial arts style. Some evidence even traces it back to Siamese soldiers, who practiced an ancient boxing known as Muay Boran. During the Sukhothai era, 1248-1438, Muay Boran transitioned to a self-defense and physical exercise. As Muay Boran became practiced more as sport over the years, rules and protective gear had to be created for it. In 1920, this form of boxing took on its new name of Muay Thai. In 1966, Noguchi and Kenji Kurosaki studied Muay Thai and blended it with a full contact karate, later recognized as kickboxing.

Today, there are several styles of kickboxing that exist. However, most all of them include striking martial arts, punches, and kicks. Other forms include knee and elbow strikes as well. A new form that uses the different strikes in a fitness environment exists now as cardio kickboxing. Not only is kickboxing a wonderful full body exercise, it also gives people a confidence in self defense. Muay Thai can benefit many areas of your life, whether practiced for sport or fun.


MTKG is a Muay Thai gym located in North Hollywood, California. They belive in bringing a fighters workout to the everyday individual. They currently have two experienced trainers who teach a number of different classes to their members. Offering over 20 classes per week, you are sure to find the right fit for you. Students not only burn over 1000 calories per hour, but they also learn self-defense and discipline in the process. MTK’s main philosophy is to teach students self-discipline, self-confidence, respect and patience all while developing body coordination, speed, balance, endurance, and grace.