Muay Thai (Thai Boxing or Kickboxing) programs at Pentagon MMA in Arlington, VA.
Muay Thai (Thai Boxing or Kickboxing) is widely recognized as the original sport of Kickboxing, and it is known as the Art of Eight Limbs, referring to the human body’s natural weapons: 2 fists, 2 feet, 2 elbows, and 2 knees. The exact origins of this martial art have been lost to antiquity, but it is known to trace to its militaristic beginnings when Siamese soldiers used unarmed fighting techniques to compliment their traditional weapons of the bow, the spear, the staff, and the sword.
These unarmed fighting methods of the Thai people developed into martial arts in their own rights, with each region having its own unique style. Contests were held throughout the year, especially during the kingdom’s Holidays and religious festivals. Due to the wide range of fighting styles employed throughout the country, a unified set of rules was implemented in the early 1920’s and the modern sport of Muay Thai was born.
Today, Muay Thai is recognized as one of the most efficient and effective martial arts in existence, and is by far the most popular choice for a style of striking amongst Mixed Martial Arts practitioners. Muay Thai is also world renowned for its rigorous training regimen, as Muay Thai fighters are recognized as some of the best conditioned athletes in the world.
Muay Thai is the ideal martial art for people of all walks of life, no matter what your personal goals are. Moreover, our Muay Thai ranking system provides you with a structured environment that allows you to progress in your training and meet your goals.
MUAY THAI FOUNDATIONS CLASS
This is an introductory level class geared towards students with little to no experience in Muay Thai. The main focus of this class is to build familiarity with the basic techniques and building blocks of the art of Muay Thai. At Pentagon MMA, we firmly believe that a strong foundation is the key to success, in addition to being a major factor in preventing injuries. The fundamentals class is structured to allow students to progress at their own pace, without the stress of feeling overwhelmed by more advanced techniques and students. All new students with little to no Muay Thai experience are required to take at least twelve Foundations classes before participating in more advanced classes. This class requires boxing gloves, hand wraps, and shin guards.
MUAY THAI CLINCH, KNEES, AND ELBOWS
This is an intermediate to advanced level class focusing on clinch drills and the use of knees and elbows in Muay Thai. This class requires boxing gloves, hand wraps, and shin guards.
MUAY THAI ALL LEVELS CLASS
After completion of at least eight Foundations classes, students may join the All Levels class. This class will build on techniques learned in the Foundations class and allow students the opportunity to perfect these techniques. This class requires boxing gloves, hand wraps, and shin guards.
MUAY THAI/MMA SPARRING
This is an advanced sparring class available only to students who have been formally invited by our Head Instructor. Under the supervision of an instructor, students spar at a high intensity and are required to wear mouthguards and groin protectors (for our male students) at all times. The Pentagon MMA Fight Team also trains during these sparring sessions, and sparring will vary from Muay Thai to MMA to Jiu Jitsu depending on what training is needed for upcoming competitions.
WHAT GEAR DO I NEED FOR THESE CLASSES?
All Muay Thai classes require hand wraps, 16 oz boxing gloves, and shin guards. Sparring classes require mouthguards, groin protectors, and headgear. Don't have any? Check out our Pro Shop at our studio for great rates on everything you need for class!