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    Muay Thai Stances

    Can someone please tell me the difference between the two stances in terms of effectiveness, and which of these are traditional?

    Stance 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mo7ZpaFVSVE

    Stance 2: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Kl9l-RFBE7w

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    Neither one of these is how I've been taught. Both my hips and my hands are square to the opponent.
    "Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities." – Voltaire.

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    No idea what that 2nd guy was doing. Square to the opponent seems to be the standard, with a bit of the "Thai boxer's walk."

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    The stance my instructor teaches is somewhat similar to the second one. Really, it's a combination of both, but the hands are held a bit higher than the first in order to protect your face. When we punch, we basically use our shoulders to shield our jaws... Am I being taught wrong?

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    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baasoromyuu
    Nope.
    So it's common for every instructor teach a varied stance? Is there a stance that has been proven to be more "effective" during a fight?

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    Just don't stand too sideways or like a horse while you're fighting.

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    haha, allright. Thanks :P

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    Muay Thai

    Hello, I am new here, but wanted to post a reply to this.

    There are several stances I have seen used in MT. They tend to depend on the current actions of the fighter.

    The first is the more square stance mentioned before. I tell my students (right handed assumed) to put their right big toe against the side of their heel and take a comfortable step to the side. This is the more offensive stance. It allows you to launch any attack fairly quickly and allows weight to shift so either leg can be used to check.

    The second is a more defensive stance. The front leg is out a tad further with most of the weight on the back leg. This is often seen in Thai Land with the fighter “bouncing” for lack of a better term to the music. In this stance the front leg is used to check the round kick and the switch kick. It also allows for the push/jab kick to be launched very fast.

    In any case you should fight in the stance that you are most comfortable in and that compliments your style of fighting best. Even with that statement thought I agree with another poster. Never stand in too much of a side stance as it kills any real leg defense, and standing in a horse stance is asking to be kicked in the nads ;)
    Later,
    Zyph
    Last edited by Zyph; 6/12/2007 8:28am at .

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