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Muay Thai Sangha System

The Core of Muay Thai Sangha

Muay Sangha Teacher's Code

The most important task of a good Muay Sangha teacher is to have consciousness of all his actions, words and thoughts.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should have compassion towards all living beings.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should be humble, honest, and a moderate person.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should train to cultivate health and a high level of discipline.

A good Muay Sangha teacher refers to a person that has sufficient wisdom and experience in the field and aligns his practice towards the construction of his soul.

Muay Sangha Teaching Concepts

Before and after training, a good Muay Sangha teacher should respectfully give thanks to the universe for his birth and to his teachers for everything he has received from them.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should not use any Muay Sangha skills in public and should not kill or hurt any living thing except in case of an emergency such as a Self-Defense situation and should always try to do the least possible damage.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should not become involved with associations or events providing entertainment that is related to the destruction of humankind.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should carefully listen to the reasons why students wish to train Muay Sangha helping the ones that are willing to improve their soul.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should always be aware of the evolution of the style, listening to the recommendations of skillful experts in different fields and integrating other disciplines in order to foster the development of Muay Sangha.

A good Muay Sangha teacher should not be greedy to obtain fortune, rank, or praise and should not act or speak falsely. Also he should not indulge in gambling, drugs, alcohol or any evil or destructive path.

The Three Stances of Muay Sangha

The Muay Thai Sangha system is divided into three different stances or body positions.

One leg hold

The first stance is standing on one leg with the other leg lifted, knee bent. It is called 'one leg hold'. This stance is good for blocking and working balance, strength and co-ordination on one leg. Another important aspect of this stance is developing jumping attacks.

Two leg hold

The second stance is called 'two legs hold' in this stance we keep both feet on the floor with the knees slightly bent. This stance is the most commonly used in fighting due to its simplicity and effectiveness.

Down hold

The third and final stance is called 'down hold'. In this stance we keep the centre of gravity very low. The front knee is bent and the rear knee is almost touching the floor. This stance can be used against ground fighters or when we fall to the floor. It develops tremendous leg strength, power and agility.

The stances in the Muay Thai Sangha style emphasize the correct positon of the centre of gravity and good body-weight distribution to achieve proper balance. The hands and forearms are placed one on top of the other rotating in a triangle position according to the body structure. The Muay Thai Sangha stances keep the right side in front for a period of six months, this happens when the North hemisphere is closest to the sun (Spring and Summer time). The left side is in front when the North hemisphere is further from the sun (Autumn and Winter time).

Muay Thai Sangha is considered a vicious damaging style. The most dangerous weapons are the counter techniques, blocks with knees and elbows and fast footwork to evade an attack which mirrors the philosophy of self defense behind the style. All our training, including the sparring, is done with almost no pad protection (groin and mouthpiece only). The Muay Thai Sangha style uses tricks from all the Ancient Muay Thai styles and a variety of other South-East Asian martial arts.

Muay Thai Sangha specializes in saving energy through the correct alignment of the body while attacking or defending. Muay Thai Sangha boxers are well known for their stamina and endurance, because they know how to position their bodies and conserve energy while attacking or defending.

The style of Muay Thai Sangha was created under the concept of conservation and correct use of energy. Through this and careful positioning of the body, energy flows into the opponents body creating a devastating result on each attack. The result when you drive the energy correctly is a blow with a devastating effect. Joints and soft parts of the body are the main targets of Muay Thai Sangha.

It must be emphasized that We are not limited by the rules of sport Muay Thai, that means we also train real self-defense. Attacks and defences of the groin, throat and eyes are often part of our training. Also all kinds of throws, sweeps and ground-fighting are taught.

Muay Thai Sangha believes that timing is the key factor to mastering this unique style.

Parts of Muay Thai Sangha

Here is a quick description of each of the elements of Muay Thai Sangha:

Spiritual Teachings

Khmer alphabet iconThe spiritual teachings are based on working with the spirit through meditation and good actions. The school has developed a program of good actions including feeding the monks on Tuesdays, visits to a local orphanage, and cleaning up litter around the nearby mountains and temples. Along with this we practice group meditations after training in order to develop concentration and to grow spiritually.

Muay Kaad Chuak (Bare-knuckle combat)

This involves striking with all the limbs of the body. In every attack, fake, counter-attack, or evasion, the body should be in balance with the center of gravity firmly in the middle of the body. Muay Thai Sangha doesn't use muscular strength but body weight combined with a good control of the center line. Kruu Villalobos Stand Up Muay PamMuay Thai Sangha uses a total of 108 basic counter attacks techniques.

Also Muay Thai Sangha contains a number of offensive moves for each weapon as well a number of footwork exercises to develop good mobility.

The sources of the Muay Sangha style include not only martial arts from Thailand but from all of South-East Asia - Bokator from Cambodia, Silat from Indonesia, Kalaripayat from India, Letwee from Burma and different martial arts from China. It is important to understand the relationship between Muay Thai and these other arts. All these different styles developed from one source, growing in differnent directions as time passed.

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Muay Pam (Grappling Combat)

Muay Pam is another element in the Muay Thai Sangha system. In this element we learn how to deal with close range (grappling) encounters.

The Muay Pam element is divided into two sections:

Stand Up Muay Pam

Stand Up Muay Pam addresses the issue of fighting at close range. The training is based in defensive and offensive situations whilst in the standing position.Stand-up grappling

Stand Up Muay Pam has different ways to take down and opponent by using momentum and body weight. Muay Pam doesn't emphasize techniques that only use strength, the correct use of technique and timing are considered most important. The student will learn how to submit a stand up opponent, how to get to his back, take him down and how to escape from any lock or dangerous position. We train in Stand Up Muay Pam about 80% of the time, and Down Muay Pam about 20%.

The Down Muay Pam

Down Muay Pam addresses the issue of fighting at close range on the ground.
Kruu Villalobos Down Muay PamStudents learn the basic positions on the ground, a few submission holds for each position and a few defenses against any attack from our opponent.

Muay Thai Sangha supports the idea that when we are on the ground fighting we are exposed and extremely vulnerable because of our lack of vision behind us. To minimize this risk we teach quick submissions and our main goal in a fight situation is to stand up as fast as we can. This is the reason why students only train around 20% of the time in Down Muay Pam.

The techniques used in Muay Pam are not only from Ancient Muay Thai but from Silat (native Indonesian martial arts), Bokator (ancient Cambodian martial arts) and Letwee (ancient martial art from Burma). Of course throws from Sport Muay Thai and other martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Shoot Wresting, Judo and American Wrestling are incorporated so our style continues to develop.