Muay Thai at Stanford

Muay Thai or Thai Kickboxing is everything combined into one, as it is a sport, a form of martial skill, a king of science, and undeniably an art form. It was developed in Thailand and has been handed down through generations for over 2,000 years.  Muay Thai combines Western-style boxing with kicking, and includes the use of elbows and knees.


Though traditionally Muay Thai is designed to be fatal to the opponent, in our class we focus on self-defense and counter attack.  Usually light sparring is practiced with minimal use of elbows. During class, students will wear boxing gloves, shin guards, and mouth protectors. Head protection is required for sparring. In order to excel in Muay Thai, one will need to develop flexibility, strength, endurance, concentration, and reflexes. One will learn to adapt the techniques according to their strengths and weaknesses at their own pace.