‘Muay Sangha’ means a spiritual community of warriors. The aim of the School is not to promote any particular style of martial arts or to protect the martial arts heritage of any country. In the Muay Sangha School the skills that we teach are used to help humankind regardless of nationality, race or religion. The skills don’t belong to anyone, to any country or to any association. Muay Sangha uses what is useful in the present day and gets rid of what is not. There are similarites and differences between Muay Sangha and other styles of Muay Thai.
Muay Sangha and Sport Muay Thai – Similarities
Muay Sangha has borrowed many training routines from Sport Muay Thai – building stamina through cardiovascular workouts, striking power and developing determination and mental strength through pain tolerance.
Muay Sangha and Muay Chaiya – Similarities
Muay Sangha has borrowed many fighting strategies and concepts of movement from Muay Chaiya. Distribution of the body weight, some of the stances and some of the counter-techniques have been absorbed from Muay Chaiya because of their effectivenes.
Muay Sangha and the other styles of Muay Thai – Differences
The first and most important difference between Muay Sangha and the other Muay Thai styles is the spiritual aspect. Muay Sangha was designed to train the body, mind and spirit of the student so he may reach Enlightenment. The ultimate goal of the Sangha style is spiritual development.
In the world of Muay Thai, it is only in Muay Sangha that you will find these teachings.
The second outstanding difference is related to fighting multiple opponents. Muay Sangha has studied, practiced and developed aspects from many different South-East Asian martial arts. Specific footwork, attacks and counter-attacks have been developed to be able to deal with front, side and rear attacks coming at the same time.
The other styles of Muay Thai are mainly based on dealing with a single opponent. This can be seen from the footwork and position of the body in these styles.
The third difference is also very important – grappling. Because Muay Sangha has not been built for the ring it has borrowed techniques from many styles of standing-up grappling and ground-fighting. Many varieties of takedown have been incorporated to overcome the rule-based limitations of other Muay Thai styles. A very extensive system of ground-fighting has been developed to provide skills to help survival on the ground.
Many styles of Muay Thai have not yet reached deeply into the grappling arts and we believe that to be a limitation.
The last difference is that in the Muay Sangha style ‘forbidden point striking’ (to the eyes, throat and groin ) is allowed, also use of the head is permitted. This means that many techniques from Sport or other styles of Muay Thai could become dangerous as they expose the soft areas of the body to attack.
The Muay Sangha school believes in evolution. It is very important for martial arts to evolve rather than being attached to any heritage or classical style. The Muay Sangha School incoroporates techniques from different sources to build a martial art that is suited to the present day.
The main objective of Muay Sangha is inner-growth of humankind rather than its destruction.
Deepest respect to all the martial artists in Thailand and the rest of the world.