Muay Thai and boxing have similarities. The big difference is that in Muay Thai you are allowed to do elbows, kicks and knees. Using elbows and knees makes the sport so much more competitive and exciting. With one knee or elbow the fight can be over and you can knock out your opponent. Elbows are like knives, if you know how to properly elbow an opponent you can split their skin open. No other weapon can compare with the elbow in terms of brutality and blood-breeding capacity. Knees and elbows is what makes Muay Thai so unique from a boxing and any other sport. There are eight elbow techniques and each one has a different name. They are called Sok Ti (Striking Elbow), Sok Tad (Perpendicular Elbow), Sok Hud (Levering Elbow), Sok Chieng (Diagonal Elbow), Sok Sab (Chopping Elbow), Sok Tong (Smash Downward Elbow), Sok Ku (Double Elbows), Sok Klab (Reverse Elbow). It is very important to practice these different elbow techniques on the punching bag first and slowly with a partner so you can be confident enough to do them during sparring and fighting. All the elbow techniques have the same concept, to strike your opponent but each are done differently depending the situation you are in. If you only know how to do a basic elbow you will not be able to defend yourself with your opponent in all circumstances. There are seven knee techniques used in Muay Thai. They are called Kao Tone (Straight knee), Kao Dode (Jumping knee), Kao Nui (Small knee), Kao Kratai (Rabbit knee), Kao La (Farewell knee), Kao Lod (Lower knee), Kao Loi (Flying knee). The violence of the knee is equal to that of the elbow if the fighter used it properly with a good technique and timing. Learning how to properly knee is not easy, balance is important. A proper knee must be thrusted upward and straight, powerful and sharp. Kneeing and elbowing techniques can be difficult to learn and hard to master but with the help of the instructors at Double Dose they are learnt in no time. The instructors take their time to show students how to do the techniques correcting them each time it is done incorrectly. Drills are done throughout class so that the students can not only learn how to elbow and knee but block and defend themselves.