Muay Thai is native to Thailand and is also its national sport. The word Muay means “combat” which has been derived from the Sanskrit word “Mavya” and Thai means “free people”. The Thai government made efforts in the year 2000 to spread this sport all over the world and succeeded in doing so.
Muay Thai is often confused with kickboxing, but it’s not the same since the rules in both differ. Muay Thai originated for self-defense, but soon evolved as a combat sport.
It is also a fantastic full-body, fat-burning workout as it is based on “The Art of Eight Limbs”. What this means is that this combat sport not only involves using hands and feet to fight but also elbows and knees; using eight “points of contact” rather than two “points of contact” (fists) or four (fists and legs). This sport takes advantage of a person’s entire body including height, weight, and strength.
Since MuayThai is an art of striking, strikes can be thrown from different ranges-long, mid or close. It consists of two techniques ‘maemai’ or major techniques and ‘lukmai’ or minor techniques. The clinch is an element of Muay Thai, which is used to throw the opponent to the ground.
Some of the many benefits of Muay Thai are increased cardiovascular conditioning, increased leg strength, increased core strength, increased hip mobility, stress relieving, fat burning and muscle building.
Jiu-Jitsu is another form of self-defense that was adapted from Judo. It is an art that came into being through experiment, practice, and adaptation which mainly focuses on grappling and ground fighting. It is based on the concept that a small and weak person can take down a stronger and bigger opponent, by using proper techniques. Some of these techniques include taking the fight to the ground and using joint-locks and chokeholds.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was separated from Japanese Ju-Jitsu by a great difference, Jiu-Jitsu is not just a martial art but a form of physical fitness and character-building sport that teaches self-defense, discipline, and respect. You will also find that it builds confidence but destroys the negative ego. It is a way of life.
Jiu-Jitsu is also a great workout for those looking to burn fat and gain muscle as it focuses on four key areas: aerobics, flexibility, muscular strength, and muscular endurance. It enhances the mental and physical endurance of a person. At first, it may look a little difficult, but the coaches at the Columbus Martial Arts Academy train a person step by step and provide clear simple instruction.
Kids Jiu Jitsu& Self Defense
Self-defense is not only important for adults but especially essential for kids. Columbus Martial Arts Academy aims at helping the youth of the community by instilling in them self-confidence and self-esteem. If self-control and responsibility are taught to them at a young age they will be able to understand their environment better and not let fear take over them.
Fitness is a vast term, but it generally refers to being able to carry out your daily tasks without fatigue by including physical exercise and a healthy food intake as part of your day-to-day routine. A number of people come to The Columbus Academy of Martial Arts struggling with their muscular and cardiovascular endurance; our trainers guide them and work with them on a one-on-one basis. We aim at working on the following components of fitness:
Cardiovascular Endurance- this is the ability of a person’s heart, lungs and blood vessels to deliver oxygen to the body. Cardiovascular endurance can be improved through aerobic activity.
Muscular Endurance- this refers to a muscle’s ability to sustain repeated contractions.
Flexibility- this refers to making your body move quickly without experiencing any hindrance. Flexibility is of utmost importance when performing any form of martial arts.
Balance- balance is the ability to stand without falling, this is done by having your weight spread equally.
Speed- is the time you take to react, when defending oneself if there isn’t a timely reaction your opponent can defeat you within seconds.
Today’s society presents many dangers to the people who walk within it. For many of us, the conditions of these dangers tend to be almost predetermined to favor adversity. To women specifically, the odds are greatly unbalanced.
In our Women’s Self-Defense Classes, our students will learn a higher vitality and self-respect. Our students learn to appreciate their independence. Through training, students will learn the finer principles of leverage, momentum, technique, and timing that are proven to subdue an attacker with a size or strength advantage.
By empowering women we train these techniques that demand a character that walks with greater confidence so as not to present ourselves as weaker, for the weak-minded prey on the weak-willed.
Our classes are for women only and will be free of any men with the exception of the teacher or coaching assistant for realistic scenarios. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is known to be one of the most complete forms of exercise. As you progress through our classes and become proficient in these techniques you find that your body will become stronger, capable, and more effective.
We train to ensure that we do not become victims. We look forward to meeting and training with you!