Muay Thai – Phase 1 (Beginner)

Minimum training: 45 Classes

Requirements checklist:

  • 16oz boxing gloves
  • Bag gloves
  • Mouth guard

You must be in your full uniform

There will be a thirty dollar fee due one week prior to testing.


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  1.  I.                Stance


a)  Rhythm


When practicing rhythm work in all areas of your Muay Thai training: shadow boxing, mitts, bags etc.   The rhythm will help you stay relaxed sharpen your response time and give you a solid base with the variety of Muay Thai techniques that will be practiced.  Also you can use the rhythm and your stance as a good warm up maybe do 5-10 minutes just stance and rhythm.   You will find your fluidity and form will be strong and you will start to see more with the training.


  1.  II.             Footwork


a)  Rear replace rhythm

b)  Step up rhythm

c)  Step back rhythm

d)  Skip step rhythm

e)  Skip step half-circles, left & right



  1.  III.          Kicking


a)  Regular kick

1.  With spin

2.  With whip

b)  Quick switch & kick

c)  “Hop into it” kick

d)  “Step into it” kick

e)  Cut kick

f)  3 Count repetitive  –  low, mid, high

g)  Short foot jab

h)  Long foot jab

i)  Leg check  (tight cover)

j)  Spinning back kick


  1.  IV.         Knees


a)  #1 Knee (cover & knee)

b)  #2 Knee (pull down & knee)

c)  Skip knees (hit-hit)

d)  Skip knees (hit-hop-hit)

e)  Circle knees (cup knees)

f)  Wall or Rope

g)  Ones, Twos & Threes

h)  Long straight knee

i)  Medium straight knee

j)  Short knee

j)  Straight upward knee (to head)


  1.  V.            Elbows


a)  Horizontal

b)  Downward

c)  Upward

d)  Spinning Back

1.  Spin through

2.  Come back

* Practice elbows with cover hand to crown of head or wrist to forehead


VI.     Striking

a)     Thai 1,2

  1. Jab, Straight Right, Hook, Straight Right, Roll (to right), Straight Right, Hook, Roll, Hook, Straight Right

b)    With Body Shot Response

  1. Mitt holder hits the left side: R-Uppercut, Hook, Straight Right, Roll (to right), Straight Right, Hook
  2. Mitt holder hits the right side: L-Uppercut, Straight Right, Hook, Roll (to left), Hook, Straight Right


VII.   Ram Muay


a)  Long ceremony




VIII.   History


a)     What year did the teaching of Muay Thai begin in the United States?

  1. 1968

b)    What year was the first U.S. team taken to Thailand to compete in the International Muay Thai Championship?

  1. 1982

c)     How many rounds are there in amateur fights held in the U.S.?

  1. Three

d)    Who was the first foreigner to win the Muay Thai Championship in Thailand?

  1. Fujiwara

e)     Why do most instructors train their students in the late afternoon and early evening hours?

  1. Because that is when most fights are usually scheduled

f)      In which month is Teacher’s Day acknowledged by the Thai Boxing Asso.?

  1. October

g)     What does the student present to his/her instructor in honor of Teacher’s Day?

  1. One candle, three sticks of incense and dried flowers

h)    Before performing the Wai Kru ceremony, what is the first thing the fighter should have on his/her mind?

  1. Religion and their teacher

i)       What is the best way for a student to improve and become a good fighter?

  1. Train hard, focus on conditioning, work the basics and emphasize good form






I.            Stance Box

  1. Classical with pointer foot
  2. Classical with 45-degree front foot
    1. Measurement procedure:  (a) pivot 90 (b) pivot 90 (c) pivot 90 (d) pivot 45 with right foot (e) lift right heel (f) bend knees.
    2. Also along with structure attitude is important


  1.     II.            Modified 10 count straight punch

1. Jab

2. Double Jab

3. Triple Jab

4. Rear Punch

5. Double Rear Punch

6. Jab, Rear punch (1,2)

7. Rear punch, Jab (2,1)

8. Double Jab, Rear Punch

9. Rear Punch, Jab, Rear Punch

10. Jab, Rear Punch, Jab


10 Count Straight Punch Drills

1.  1st standard:  stationary and learn combos

2.  2nd standard:  change mitt locations and move forward and back.

3.  3rd standard:  use defense, mitt holder feeds and calls out combo.  (Defend/Feed, Feed/Defend, Feed/Defend/Feed, etc.)



Ring strategy

*If fighter is knocked down don’t hop right up, take knee tell ref. you’re ok then get up.

-If you hop right up could be dizzy

-It looks bad to doc, judges, fighter etc.

*If knocked down and was a solid shot you need more rest. Circle around ref. to give a few more seconds.

*If still shook up move in to clinch.

*Always bring two mouth guards to a fight or test.

*Towel, water, Vaseline, bucket etc. Come prepared.





















Members will be certified as an assistant instructor within Northwest Fighting Arts upon completion of the NWFA stand-up curriculum Phase I: Beginner, Intermediate, Intermediate-Advanced, and Advanced sections.  This certification allows members to teach within NWFA under the supervision of senior instructors.