Did you know that you can have your child start learning Muay Thai starting from age 4? Double Dose Muay Thai Gym offers classes Tuesdays and Thursdays every week from 4:45PM-5:30PM for children ages 4-7. The program is called Muay Tinys. It is a co-ed class where students are taught the basic techniques in Muay Thai. Once they have passed the Muay Tiny’s class and are at an age that they can advance, they can get promoted into the youth classes. The Muay Tinys program holder Coach Ben and his assistant coach Miranda enjoy helping the children learn how to punch, kick, elbow and knee. They create great games to keep them focused and motivated to learn. They make sure all the children interact with each other and become friends so that they enjoy coming to class and being in a friendly environment. There is no testing in the Muay Tinys Program because instructors want children to stay motivated and not feel pressure for when they move up into a higher program. The Muay Tinys program is get children started with Muay Thai as early as possible and familiarize them with techniques and skills. Coach Ben teaches one technique per month so that the children are not overwhelmed. Throughout the month he helps the children learn how to properly do the technique and learn how to use it with partners. Coach Ben and Coach Miranda both work together to make sure that at the end of the month the child knows the technique and can perform it with no difficulties. Apart from teaching the students muay thai, the instructors teach them how to be respectful and teach them discipline. Like all Muay Thai classes there is a ranking system, but they of course have different ranking. Instead of testing the children get promoted and get arm bands that are white with a different color braided into it. Each time they get promoted and have showed improvement they will move up in rank. If you want to get your child involved in sports and want a sport that will teach your child respect and discipline along with self defense, get them signed up for Muay Tinys at Double Dose Muay Thai.
Every student that starts Muay Thai begins with a white arm band. Every time you move up a level (rank), you get a new arm band that is a different color to represent your rank. The ranks and different colors of armbands help instructors distinguish your level and expertise in Muay Thai. Just because one fighter is in a lower rank doesn’t mean they always know less or aren’t as good as someone in a higher rank. There has been intermediate students who are better at technique and skill then those at a higher rank. Everyone begins with a white arm band and quickly move up to yellow. At Double Dose White and Yellow arm band students are considered Foundation (beginner) classes. Once you level up to the next rank which is Orange you move into the Kombat Athletes Class. The Kombat athletes class does have some students who are in the Foundations class but take both classes and need to advance armbands in order to get out of Foundations. After orange you move up to a green band. When you rank up from green to blue, you are required to do 60/40s after testing. 60/40s are when you do two rounds of 60 kicks and 40 knees each round. 60/40s are done starting at a blue arm band and every time you reach a solid color. From the Blue arm band you move up to a white and blue, and into purple where you must do the 60/40s once again, after the purple arm band you rank up to purple and white. The next armband is Red and Red and white, at this rank you are eligible to test for Black and skip brown and brown and white bands. After the brown rank you are eligible to move up and test up for the black arm band. If you are a black armband you are considered “Kru” which means teacher/instructor. From black you can move up to black and red, black and silver and last but not least the highest level is the black and gold arm band. Once you have reached the black and gold arm band you are now considered “Ajarn” which means master. Anyone has the potential to reach whatever rank they please all they need is to work hard and have a positive attitude. It takes time to rank up but your motivation and the instructors at Double Dose Muay Thai will help you reach your goal .
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.