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25 terms used in Muay Thai

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25 terms used in Muay Thai that you need to know.

Today I want you to know the keywords used in Muay Thai.

These terms are the basic Thais and also some commands often used on Thai campuses, so if you decide to go to training in Thailand or participate in some internship between English and Thai you better understand what they want you to do.

25 terms used in Muay Thai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

Here are 25 key terms used in Muay Thai

  1. Muay Thai: It is the full name of the martial art also known as “Thai Boxing”.
  2. Nak Muay: This term refers to a Muay Thai practitioner, or a boxer.
  3. Wai Khru: It is a ceremony of respect and tribute to the masters and ancestors before a fight.
  4. Ram Muay: It is a ritual dance performed before the fight to honor the coach, family and teachings.
  5. Kru: It’s the term used for a Muay Thai coach or master.
  6. Mongkol: It is a ritual amulet worn by the boxer during Wai Khru and Ram Muay.
  7. Prajead: These are the colored ribbons worn by practitioners, similar to belts in Western martial arts, but with different meanings.
  8. Clinch: It’s a close-quarters fighting technique where boxers grab each other.
  9. Teep: It’s a leg kick where the foot is thrown forward to hit the opponent.
  10. Jab: It is a direct punch with the front hand, used to measure distance and attack the opponent.
  11. Cross: It is a direct punch with the back hand, usually more powerful than the jab.
  12. Hook: It is a curved fist that aims to hit the side of the opponent’s head or body.
  13. Uppercut: It is an ascending punch directed towards the chin or body of the opponent.
  14. Knee Strike: These are knees used in close attack during clinching.
  15. Elbow Strike: These are elbows used to attack the opponent from close range.
  16. Low Kick: It is a low kick aimed at the opponent’s legs to weaken him.
  17. High Kick: It is a high kick, often aimed at the head or neck of the opponent.
  18. Spinning Back Fist: It is a punch turned quickly towards the opponent.
  19. Sawasdee Ka/Krap: These are common ways to greet respectfully in Thai. “Ka” is used by women, while “Krap” is used by men.
  20. Nak Suu: Refers to the champion boxer or the best boxer at a training ground.
  21. Yokkao: This term can mean “going beyond one’s limits” and is often used as encouragement.
  22. Kao Loi: It’s a flying elbow, a type of spectacularly executed elbow strike.
  23. Chok Dee: It’s a wish for good luck and success, often said before a fight.
  24. Nak Lek: Refers to a young boxer or a beginner.
  25. Phet or Sith (respectively, “red” and “blue”): These are the colors of the little angels (known as “Mongkhon”) worn by boxers to identify their angle during a fight.

These are some of the most important terms used in Muay Thai that will help you better understand this fascinating martial art.

These words are the main terminologies used in Muay Thai, the most used and important

  1. Block – Bat: “Block” refers to a parry or defense against enemy attacks.
  2. Clinch – Djab Ko: Clinching is a close-up action in which boxers grab each other.
  3. Dodge – Pang Nga: “Dodge” means dodging or avoiding opponent’s blows.
  4. Elbow – Sawk: “Elbow” refers to elbow strikes, an important technique in Muay Thai.
  5. Excuse Me/Sorry – Kor Toht: This is a common phrase used to apologize or apologize.
  6. Fight – Chok: “Fight” means fight or encounter.
  7. Foot – Tao: “Foot” refers to the feet, used to perform kicks.
  8. Gloves – Nuam: “Gloves” are boxing or Muay Thai gloves.
  9. Good Bye – Laa Gon Na: A farewell phrase meaning “Goodbye”.
  10. Head – Hua: “Head” refers to the head, a common target for attacks.
  11. Hello – Sam Wat Dee: A friendly greeting meaning “Hello”.
  12. Hit – Dtee: “Hit” means to hit or attack.
  13. Jump – Kradot: “Jump” means jumping.
  14. Kick – Dtae: “Kick” is a kick, one of the fundamental techniques of Muay Thai.
  15. Knee – Khao: “Knee” refers to knees, often used in close attack.
  16. Leg – Kaa: “Leg” is the leg, which can be used to perform kicks.
  17. Nose – Jamook: “Nose” is the nose, a sensitive point for attacks.
  18. Punch – Mat or Mahd: “Punch” means fist, another fundamental element of Muay Thai.
  19. Shin – Na Kaeng: “Shin” refers to the shin, often used as part of defensive armament.
  20. Stomach – Tong: “Stomach” is the stomach, a common target for attacks.
  21. Stop – Yud: “Stop” means to stop, an important word in a fight.
  22. Thank You – Kop Kun: “Thank You” means “Thank You”.
  23. Throw – Ting: “Throw” is a term used when throwing the opponent to the ground.
  24. Thrust – Teep: “Thrust” is a term used to describe a direct kick with the foot.
  25. Muay Thai numbers: This could include numbers from one to ten, which are often used to count shots during a fight or to assign scores.

These terms are fundamental for anyone who practices Muay Thai and wants to better understand the language and culture related to this discipline.

Here are the basic Thai numbers used in Muay Thai, in order to count repetitions, for stretching, strokes, etc.

Muay Thai Base Nos

These numbers are commonly used in Muay Thai to count shots or to indicate the count of time during a fight.

  1. One – Neung
  2. Two – Saawng
  3. Three – Saam
  4. Four – Bei
  5. Five – Haa
  6. Six – Hok
  7. Seven – Jet or Ched
  8. Eight – Bpaaet
  9. Nine – Gaao
  10. Ten – Sip

25 terms used in Muay Thai Fighting Tips - Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport

These are the main terminologies and basic numbers used in Muay Thai.

Knowing these terms is essential to fully understand and participate in this fascinating Thai martial art.

Whether you are a Muay Thai practitioner or an avid spectator, familiarizing yourself with this vocabulary will allow you to better appreciate the culture and technique of this sport.

Remember that Muay Thai is not only about physical combat, but also about respect for tradition and the history that surrounds it.

So, use these terms to fully immerse yourself in the Muay Thai experience. Chok Dee! (Good luck!)

Now when you go to the gym to do a Muay Thai workout don’t start calling your training partners a Neung Saawng right away.

Have a good workout!!!

Stay Tuned!

Street Fight Mentality & Fight Sport


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