Thai only has one stance. All of the techniques and skills learned are done from Thai Stance. The very first thing you are taught in Muay Thai is your stance and the way you are supposed to move around while performing the techniques and skills. If you do not understand the proper foot work you will have difficulties combining kicks, elbows, knees, and punches. Thai stance is when your left leg is placed in slightly forward facing your opponent and your right leg is placed behind facing at about 45 degrees away from the leading foot. The heels of your feet need to be raised off the ground while the rest of the body is turned at a 45 degree angle in sync with the rear foot. If you are left handed your stance will be exactly the same but with your right foot facing your opponent and your left foot at 45 degrees along with your body. It can get a little confusing when opponents have opposite thai stance. It is always good to learn how to work with both thai stances so that your are always ready and avoid confusion. Some left handed students say being left handed can have some advantages when fighting because it can throw the opponent off when doing defends and counters. Footwork is very important and Double Dose instructors like to do exercises that help students move from left to right and from front to back so that when students are working on techniques, sparring, or even fighting they are able to move around properly and not trip over themselves or their opponents feet. If you are moving to your right side you will move your right foot first and your left foot will follow. Same goes for your left side, if you are moving to your left you move your left foot first and then your right foot. Moving forward and backward is a lot easier, if you move forward you stay on your same tracks and move your front foot first and then your back foot. You do not move your back foot first. If you move backwards you will move your back foot first and then you will move your front foot back. One important thing a lot of students forget, when you are in thai stance and your are moving around always keep your hands up ready to block your face and body. The instructors tell you to keep your hands up like if you are answering the phone. If you drop your hands it is easier for your opponent to hit you. Thai stance can be a bit confusing to learn but once you get the concept you will see how it makes putting combinations and techniques so much easier when it comes to balance and movement.
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Double Dose Muay Thai expresses alot of culture and tradition from Thailand. The uniform worn by each student is a tradition from Thailand, when military soldiers in first created Muay Thai Kickboxing. Another tradition that is kept at double dose is every student is required to wear an arm band that represents the students experience level. Originally soldiers who served the Thailand military would leave their wives for months and possibly even years at times. The wives would rip a piece of their dress and wrap something of sentimental value and tie it on their husbands arm so that they would have a memory of their families to guide them home. Showing respect and being thankful were two things that were brought up from the very beginning. Everyone that does Muay Thai & Brazilian Jiu Jitzu at Double Dose is very respectful and thankful. They teach you the importance of value and expect you to not only show it at the gym but everywhere you go. From day one that you enter the gym as a student the coaches and instructors show you how to show respect before stepping foot onto the mat. They also teach every student that before you hit the bag and after every round of hitting the bag you need to finish off by giving respect. Just like you show respect to the bag you do the same when you partner up with a classmate. If you forget to show respect, instructors will remind you and warn you if you forget to do it again you will need to do push ups. They do not make you do push ups because they want to be mean, they do it because they want to teach discipline and respect. Instructors and coaches at Double Dose expect you to know only be respectful and thankful at the gym but everywhere you go.