Mastering Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand – The “Art of Eight Limbs”

Do you love martial arts or are you on the lookout for a new workout regime? If the answer is “yes”, then Muay Thai is a sport well worth learning! The great thing is, you could combine such an activity with a holiday to Phuket.

What is Muay Thai

First some background; known as the “art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai actually dates back to the 18th century and was used as a traditional form of martial arts. Today, it has become a combat sport with a huge following in Thailand with stadiums packed with locals cheering on contestants.

Supervised Training

As with learning any new sport, getting the proper training and guidance is a must and should not be substituted by YouTube videos! Due to the sport’s popularity, some Phuket resort properties including the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offer personal Muay Thai training in their own kickboxing ring.

The Eight Points of Contact

To master Muay Thai, you need to learn to utilise the eight points of contact; to do this you have to incorporate your fists, elbows, knees and feet. The more combinations you learn the better you become at offence and defence.

The Complete Fighter

While learning Muay Thai in Phuket will most probably not be done in the hopes of beginning a career in the sport, the more you master it the better you will appreciate it. To do this, you will also need to engage in body conditioning and strength training which provide a complete workout that you can hopefully continue back home too.

 

Muay Thai: The Perfect Martial Art – The Art of Eight Limbs

Muay Thai is an ancient sport which has fast gained popularity and fame in the world of mixed martial arts for its raw simplicity, tremendous power, and maximum efficiency.

An Easy Sport to Learn

This particular combat sport is best known for its simple techniques which can be learned by both adults and children. In Thailand, the common practice is to enrol kids as young as five, so they can get a good head start in the art.

Highly Effective in Self- Defence

Muay Thai is among the few martial arts which have proven to be street certified through countless real-life encounters. Apart from strikes, the sport incorporates many throwing techniques, kicks and locks using the opponent’s momentum.

A Great Anaerobic and Aerobic Workout

The sport promotes a high level of toughness and fitness by providing aerobic workouts with exercises such as shadow boxing and running. Endurance is built through anaerobic exercises such as kicking and punching. With regular training, the sport will build up a practitioner’s dexterity, strength, and cardiovascular performance.

Strengthens Body, Mind, and Spirit

In addition to physical conditioning, the discipline of the mind through the effective control of feelings and emotions is promoted. Those interested in the sport can join one of the many Muay Thai workshops and camps hosted regularly by mixed martial arts school in Thailand. Accommodation can be found in many a Phuket resort including the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas.

 

Go Karting in Phuket – fast and furious action on the tracks at Phuket

Phuket in Thailand has always attracted the beach lovers looking to relax and soak up some sun. However the island also offers many land based activities for the individual or family looking for something different.
Go Karting is a popular attraction with the island boasting of two tracks with varying advantages and benefits, both situated opposite each other.

The Patong Go Kart Speedway offers streamlined fun with normal karts as well as race karts and is ideal for beginners due to the structured race track. 2 seater karts too can be booked for those kids who want to be a part of the action but are too young to drive a kart by themselves. In fact rules at the race track stipulate that all drivers be above 16 years of age.

An advantage at this race track is that the Grand Prixs for a group can be organised making the sport a challenging and competitive one that can be fun for the whole family. Varying degrees of competitions are also arranged on a corporate level.

The Phuket Kart Speedway is ideal for those who have go karted before as this speedway offers two stroke engine fast karts that are impressive both in sound and speed. Of course karts of all levels are available including 4 stroke karts ranging from 50 – 70 Kilometres per hour and 2 stroke karts ranging from those that perform at 100Kmph, 120Kmph and beyond. 2 seat karts too are available for the kids who wish to be part of the action.

Established in 1990 the racetrack is 750 meters in length and boasts of a restaurant and their own weekly Grand Prix with prizes and surprises for everyone participating.

A fairly new addition in the form of the off road track that includes water splashes, bridges and long curvy roads with boulders and humps to be experienced on a buggy certainly adds to the excitement and fun away from the beach at Phuket.

The best part about these race tracks is that after a tiring and fun session of go karting, participants can relax at a beautiful Phuket beach resort that would serve as a great place to stay at. A Phuket resort, especially one such as Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand not only offers visitors a relaxed and luxurious atmosphere but also some of the best amenities and facilities.