Women’s Self Defense

Kickboxing in Portland

I’m starting to get the hang of some of the foundational moves involved in Muay Thai self defense. So far, I’ve participated in three classes and I’ve worked with three different partners. I’m learning a lot from Coach Russell and watching his strikes and kicks, but I’m also learning a lot from the people I’m… Read more »

Training at NWFA

MMA in Portland

Being a member at and training at NWFA offers more than attending two classes each week. During my first consult with Coach Russell (a short check-in about goals, how class is going, etc.) he mentioned that there are semi-private sessions I could attend with Chad as part of my membership. I signed up to attend… Read more »

Muay Thai Blog

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I sort of ate my own words after my last Muay Thai class. There actually are some techniques that take some time to learn.For example, there is a move that involves kicking Thai Pads your partner is holding, one knee at a time. It sounds and looks pretty simple; but for me, this was one of… Read more »

Will Muay Thai Improve Flexibility?

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Will Muay Thai Improve Flexibility? Are you someone who lacks flexibility? If so, this doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in Thai boxing. Will Muay Thai improve flexibility? Most definitely! To perform certain kicks, you’ll need to be flexible to deliver them powerfully and accurately. Thai boxing is an amazing sport, and also a sacred… Read more »

Will Muay Thai Improve Balance?

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Having good balance doesn’t only help you in martial arts – it can benefit you greatly in life. Will Muay Thai improve balance? Most certainly, especially if you supplement your training with exercises that focus primarily on improving balance. Let’s take a look at some ways that you can increase balance for this sport. Click… Read more »

Will Muay Thai Build Muscle?

Traditional Muay Thai

Your muscles are very important in allowing you to perform everyday activities more effectively. They can also help you succeed in combat fighting. Will Muay Thai build muscle? In short, it can, but don’t expect to gain too much muscle mass without supplementing your training sessions with heavy strength-training. What Muay Thai will definitely help… Read more »

Where Does Muay Thai Come From?

Traditional Muay Thai

Muay Thai, or as it is sometimes called, “Thai Boxing” is a specialized martial art that was developed in Thailand. Where does Muay Thai come from in regards to its cultural roots? While it was refined and cultured in Thailand hundreds of years ago, some believe that it can be traced back to China, although… Read more »

What is the Wai Kru?

Traditional Muay Thai

If you’ve ever had the opportunity to be a spectator for a Muay Thai match, you’ve probably seen fighters perform a unique ritual dance. What is the Wai Kru? Although it might seem strange, or even boring to some, this dance carries a lot of symbolic meaning to the practitioners of the sport. What’s the… Read more »