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Over the last 20 years the art of self defense has been honed with laser like precision. This has been due, in large part, to the fact that mixed martial arts has taken center stage in the combat sports world. It watched boxing slip to a number two position and people began to understand that fighting was more about standing up and using only your fists.
Boxing is still one of the most devastating skills to have in a fight and it gives you the ability to control distance and throw punches with power and efficiency. However, there are other tools out there for different situations.
We all worry about close quarters and getting in an altercation in a place like a bar or crowded room. The law states that your first method in self defense should be to avoid the conflict at all costs. Its great advice. There are really no winners in a bar fight.
Muay Thai, or the art of 8 limbs is a powerful fighting techinique with techniques that are best suited for close quarters combat.
Knees can drive up but more efficiently knees drive out and stab. With the power of your hips and the weight of your leg a knee is one of the most devastating attacks there is. Knees to the body or the head can stop people in seconds.
Elbows are there to slice and attack in very close. Even closer than a knee. You can slice with an elbow when you are nearly face to face with someone. This can knock someone unconscious or cut them open and give them a whole knew problem.
The masters of Muay Thai use the clinch to control their opponent. You can dump someone by tripping them and get to safety using the clinch. Its remarkable how much control you can have over a person if you understand the Muay Thai clinch.
Its not an easy art to study but it can be fun and devastating in a real life situation.