WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE MUAY THAI SANGHA SCHOOL?
The school aims to create an appropriate training environment without distractions and to provide a unique opportunity for intensive training and self-observation.
A COMPARISON BETWEEN MUAY THAI SANGHA AND OTHER MUAY THAI STYLES
In the Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts School, our teachings are aligned to help humankind. We are not a fighting factory but we have learned from many. Our concept is different from all other camps in Thailand. For us, to fight is not about prestige or power, but rather to have an experience with ourselves so we can learn from our limitations.
Our school follows a Code of Respect. We take responsibility for our teachings and for who we teach. Our training is not entertainment rather a way of life. We are concerned about our student’s well-being, and we make sure that before anyone enters the ring, the skill level is high enough to protect themselves. If the student has only power and poor skills, then why bring him to fight in the first place?
In our school before a student can fight, he must train in two subjects. First, he must practice hard, to be fit and skillful, and secondly, must develop the ability to observe his mind whilst under pressure. Only once he is proficient in both areas, will we agree to train him for a fight. When a Muay Thai Sangha fighter reaches a certain number of professional bouts, we consider the training process to be complete and the skills achieved… It’s at this point when we hearten our students to let go of competition fighting, and to continue building new attributes. We encourage them to canalize their training power and to extend it into new areas of combat expertise. Eventually, the journey will point us inward, towards knowing ourselves better, then meditation and inner contemplation will appear in their daily practice. Ultimately all our guidance is pointed towards building exceptional human beings, that is the essence of our teaching.
MUAY THAI SANGHA AND COMPETITION MUAY THAI – SIMILARITIES.
Muay Thai Sangha uses many training routines from Competition Muay Thai – building stamina through cardiovascular workouts developing striking power and mental strength under pressure.
MUAY THAI SANGHA AND MUAY CHAIYA / MUAY BORAN – SIMILARITIES.
Muay Thai Sangha has integrated some fighting strategies and concepts of movement from Muay Chaiya and Muay Boran because of their effectiveness.
MUAY THAI SANGHA AND OTHER STYLES OF MUAY THAI – DIFFERENCES.
The first and most important difference between Muay Thai Sangha and the other Muay Thai styles is the inner development in our training. Muay Thai Sangha emphasizes training the body, the mind, and the spirit. The ultimate goal of the school is to align the student’s intent towards facing their limitations. The result of the training is an inner understanding of our condition as human beings. In today’s Muay Thai World, the Muay Thai Sangha School is the only one that teaches this way.
The second outstanding difference is related to the biomechanics of the movements. The Muay Thai Sangha Empty Hand Fighting System holds the blueprint of two major Muay Thai styles and has been carefully blended to provide a secure and effective way of fighting at all possible ranges.
The third difference is related to fighting multiple opponents. Muay Thai Sangha has studied, practiced, and developed skills from many different South-East Asian martial arts. Specific footwork, attacks, and counter-attacks have been developed to deal with front, side, and rear attacks coming simultaneously. Other styles of Muay Thai are mainly based on dealing with a single opponent. This can be seen from the footwork and position of the body in these styles.
The fourth difference is also very important – Muay Plum or Grappling. Because Muay Thai Sangha has not been built only for the ring, it has developed techniques from many styles of stand-up grappling and ground-fighting. Many varieties of takedowns have been incorporated to overcome the rule-based limitations of other Muay Thai styles. A very effective system of ground-fighting has been incorporated to provide skills that will help us to survive on the ground.
Many styles of Muay Thai have not to focus on developing the grappling arts, and we believe this to be a limitation.
The fifth difference is that in the Muay Thai Sangha style “forbidden points striking” (to the eyes, throat, and groin) are allowed, and the use of the head is permitted. This means that many techniques from competition or other styles of Muay Thai are dangerously exposed to incoming attacks.
The last difference is related to our overall health. Students in the Muay Thai Sangha School complement their training with Vedic healing methods. The development of flexible muscles, deep breathing patterns, and meditation to increase self-awareness, are part of our everyday martial training.
The Muay Thai Sangha School believes in being at the cutting edge of evolution. In our opinion, it is very important for martial artists to evolve rather than to be attached to any tradition or classical style. Kru Pedro sees classical martial arts styles just as points of reference to start learning. When the concepts of movement are understood and practiced, it’s time to become empty again and continue growing.
The main objective of the Muay Thai Sangha School, as we said earlier is to build physical and mental attributes to improve the inner-qualities of humankind, not just to train fighters for destructive purposes.