Thai Boxing – Masters Class
Beyond the Fundamentals program students will delve deeper into the techniques of Thai Boxing, adding elbow strikes, knee strikes, and clinching techniques while sharpening and broadening their punching and kicking skills to build a full Thai Boxing arsenal. Organized into a clearly defined systematic curriculum called the Masters Class, its unique structure simplifies the learning journey by organizing Thai Boxing techniques into 3 chapters (Boxing, Kicking, and Elbows/Knees/Clinching). Each chapter is discussed for one month before moving on to the next.
In the Master Class all 5 Thai Boxing training methods are practiced with the addition of pad work and the availability of sparring, while partner drills and heavy bag training get refined and shadow boxing becomes more focused.
A staple of Thai Boxing training in Thailand, “pad work” or training on the pads, allows for higher intensity training that is safe for both the hitter and holder. A full range of techniques can be practiced with moderate to full power with a pad holder that can mimic an opponent’s behavior. Learning to both hit and hold the pads is an integral part of the Masters Class.
Once a student has graduated from the Fundamentals program they will qualify to attend sparring sessions. In these sessions, students will freely practice landing techniques they have learned in class on each other in a controlled environment while avoiding landing heavy blows and certain techniques deemed too dangerous for sparring. The focus of the sparring sessions is timing, placement, and technical proficiency of moves while maintaining control. Proper sparring equipment is required to attend sparring sessions and any students who cannot control their strikes and spar in a safe manner will not be allowed to participate.
Progression for Masters Class students can occur once they have qualified by attending the required classes. After a student has qualified they will be evaluated on their proficiency of Thai Boxing techniques specified for advancement to the next rank.
Fusion Thai Boxing Ranking
Traditionally Thai Boxing has never had belts or a ranking system. The only belts to be given out are during championship bouts between the best fighters. While some of our students strive to be competitive champions someday, most simply train to better themselves as individuals.
In the old days, Thai soldiers (usually mature boys) took a piece of cloth that belong to a loved one, usually from the dress of their mother or wife’s scarf that would be blessed by a monk to cast protection. Once blessed, the Prajied or arm ban would be tied above the bicep(s) of a warrior who was entering battle as an amulet. Thai fighters still carry this tradition by wearing an arm ban(s) that is blessed before battle in the ring. Our colored Arm Ban ranking system is a way for students to track their progression while paying homage this cultural aspect of Thai Boxing.
|0-4 Months||(None)||32 Classes||4 Months|
|4-6 Months||Yellow||24 Classes||2 Months|
|6-12 Months||Orange||64 Classes||6 Months|
|12-18 Months||Green||64 Classes||6 Months|
|18-24 Months||Blue||64 Classes||6 Months|
|24-30 Months||Purple||64 Classes||6 Months|
|30-36 Months||Red||64 Classes||6 Months|
|36-42 Months||Brown||64 Classes||6 Months|
|42-48 Months||Black||64 Classes||6 Months|