This random high-five goes to fighters.Not the opposite of ‘lovers’ type of fighters. No, no, I’m all about “make love not war… and if you can’t make love, then heavy petting is STILL better than war.” BUT – when it comes to sweat, muscles, the thud of shin bone hitting punching bags, the smell of tiger-balm mixed with sweat and adrenaline… THAT’S the kind of fighter that just gives me a lady-boner. Muay Thai.
There’s just something about the discipline, the focus, the rhythmic tapping of jump-rope, the rhythmic tapping of punching bags, the rhythmic thudding of roundhouse kicks… and of course the bodies. Oh dear sweet Goddess Athena, the BODIES.
Trust me, it’s cool. It’s SO cool. It’s like boxing, but much more interesting. In boxing they punch. Jab, Hook, upper cut – that’s about all the combinations you can hope to see. And it’s cool. I love it. But, imagine you allowed these slick, speedy boxers use of their elbows too. Oooh, you didn’t see THAT one coming, did you – (neither did the opponent… knockout! )
Muay means “Art of Eight Limbs”. Fists are 1 and 2, elbows are 3 and 4. Then we get knees 5 and 6, and the ever powerful legs make up numbers 7 and 8 keeping things interesting with teep kicks and the signature muay-thai roundhouse kick. Take these basics, mix them up – throw in some flying elbows to the head and you have the skill and awesomeness that is Muay Thai.
Here is a badass video that I found, teaser trailer for the new MPL – Muay thai Premier league:
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and a lot of the Thai traditional signs of respect such as bows, and the Wai Kru (a spiritual blessing dance) is performed before the fight. They play Thai music over the fights and if movies have taught us anything it’s that Everything’s more interesting with a soundtrack!
If you’re in Cape Town and you want to see what I’m talking about, check out Quentin Chong’s gym Dragon Power (where I train) or come check a live fight. Trust me, it’s worth it.
The next fight night is this Saturday 30th July 2011. I have my tickets… gonna be an epic one.
*roundhouse jumping high five to your face*