The Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts Curriculum is a progressive combat system based on Thai Martial Arts, designed for street confrontations.
The method combines two major Muay Thai Styles, Krabi-Krabong Thai Weapons and Muay Plum Grappling, creating one of the most complete self defense systems available today.
MUAY THAI SANGHA
Muay Thai Sangha is an efficient Empty Hand Fighting System created for self defense purposes. The striking is done with all nine limbs of the body. Muay Thai Sangha places emphasis on using a unique set of body mechanics to end a confrontation in the shortest possible time.
The Muay Thai Sangha Empty Hand System strategically blends body mechanics from two main Muay Thai styles to deal with many forms of attack, and to improve defensive weaknesses at all fighting ranges. The system follows the approach of being protected before, during and after any incoming attack.
The two operative concepts within our method are the Open Guard and the Closed Guard. The Open Guard Concept, is based in a tall and wide guard, it works best in long-middle range and places great emphasis on delivering full power behind each strike. The Closed Guard Concept is a low and compact guard with all the joints facing forward, ready to be used as a shield against any incoming attack, and works best in short-middle range distances. Another great feature in the Muay Thai Sangha Empty Hand system is the Yam Sam Khum Triangular footwork, an advanced strategic way of stepping that will open a variety of countering opportunities, providing continuous protection at all times.
DAAB – DOUBLE SWORDS
The Double Swords curriculum in the Muay Thai Sangha Fighting Arts School is a blend of two different styles from Ayutthaya.
The Muay Thai Sangha Double Swords training emphasizes three main qualities; the offensive, the defensive and the energetic aspect of each weapon. The offensive/defensive aspects have been classified in different training modules, each containing a particular set of skills and footwork. The energetic qualities are classified into five distinct elements.
The teaching methodology in our school is very simple and consists of learning first the beginners module with footwork, next practicing the basic attacks and blocks with your partner, and finally sparring with other students until you become efficient in that particular module. Everytime the student learns another module their sparring skills will improve. It’s amazing to see how your fighting game will improve each week.
There are a total of 12 modules to master the double sword skills. The more time you spend at the school the further you will go in your development. There are sparring sessions everyday. When the students skills increase, the training will progress to the use of metal swords and other weapons to fight against. The ultimate goal of the double sword training is to practice until we become efficient in defending ourselves and countering an incoming attack from any bladed or wooden weapon.
KRABONG – STAFF
The Krabong or Staff is the longest weapon in our curriculum. This weapon has the range advantage over the others but also has the disadvantage of being easily grabbed. Our curriculum blends the Krabong with Muay Thai, so if an opponent grabs our weapon whilst we are holding it, we can immediately strike him so that he releases it.
The training curriculum is very similar to the Double Swords. First, students will learn the beginners modules alone, and after with a training partner. The modules must be practiced until they becomes efficient in sparring, and then progress to the next sets of modules. At the Intermediate Level, the Krabong is used together with Muay Thai and Takedowns. The Advanced Level covers Spear training which uses a blade at one end.
There are a total of 12 modules to be able to master the Krabong and Spear skills. The more modules you complete the further you skills will grow. We do sparring sessions everyday during the course. The ultimate goal with the Krabong / Spear training is to practice until we become efficient in defending ourselves and countering an incoming attack from any bladed or wooden weapon.
MID – KNIFE
Mid or Knife is the most common weapon in the streets today. Knife attacks are difficult and dangerous to defend because of the deceptive speed of the weapon, it’s small size, and it’s invisible ability to create damage without effort. There are many schools that teach different methods, and some are more realistic than others. Our school has an extensive history training with long blades, and we have adapted our skills to create a unique knife system. The method includes three different areas of practice, and each one teaches a distinctive skill. The first subject is called Knife Boxing, the second; Close Quarter Cutting, and the third; Disarms and Takedowns.
The training includes different cooperative and non-cooperative drills with a partner focused on retraining our reactions under increasing pressure. The main goal in our training is to survive an attack, while receiving as little damage as possible .
MUAY PLUM – GRAPPLING
Muay Plum is the Thai name used to describe any grappling encounter against any fighting style. Muay Plum training covers neck wrestling, quick takedowns, some locks on the ground, and of course, striking from each position. In certain grappling exercises we also included short range weapons.
The Muay Plum Combat Curriculum is separated into three different training areas:
Stand Up Grappling
Stand up grappling or clinching addresses the issue of fighting at close range. The training is based on defensive and offensive situations in the standing position. Our stand-up grappling opens many striking and throwing opportunities between movements.
Our stand-up grappling curriculum doesn’t emphasize strength, but how to use the opponent’s energy through proper body rotation and timing. The student will learn how to submit a standing opponent, take him down or escape from certain locks and dangerous positions. We train in stand-up grappling about 70% of the time, and ground fighting about 30%.
Half Standing Half Ground
This method of fighting applies to situations when we fall to the ground, while our opponent is standing. This type of training helps us to develop skills related to defending ourselves from an opponent who is standing up while we are kneeling, sitting or lying on the ground. Striking and counter attacks from the ground are included in the curriculum to teach us how to regain a standing position.
Ground Fighting addresses the issue of fighting an opponent at close range, on the ground. Students will learn basic submission holds, striking and defenses while rolling with an opponent on the ground.
Muay Thai Sangha supports the idea that when we are fighting on the ground, we are exposed and extremely vulnerable to weapons because of a lack of vision. To minimize this risk, in our school we teach quick submissions and the striking of “forbidden points”. Our main goal in a fight situation is to stand up as fast as we can. This is the reason students only train ground fighting around 30% of the time.