FUSION THAI BOXING FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
The Fusion Thai Boxing Fundamentals program is our beginner program for adults, comprised of the lessons that will lay the foundation of their Fusion Thai Boxing journey. Each one hour lesson is comprised of a fundamental attack, defense, and counter application that is focused around being simple, safe, and successful for Muay Thai application and beyond.
While all lessons discuss fundamental offensive techniques and principles, each lesson is rooted around defense to better ensure a student’s ability to build a solid foundation of defense, and, an appropriate delivery of attacks.
“While hitting is the basis of all boxing, skill in defensive tactics makes it possible for the boxer to attack at the proper time. Defense then is the keynote of attack, and should be developed before attack.” (Haislet, Boxing, 1940, p. 48)
Once a student has completed each fundamentals lessons twice they will qualify to attend Drills For Skills (DFS) classes. The DFS class is where students learn integrate the fundamental lessons together. The primary objective of DFS class is to prepare a student for fundamental striking exchanges, introduce them to sparring objective and mindset, and help prepare them for their advancement evaluation to the Masters Class.
Upon completing each fundamentals lesson three times and attending eight total DFS classes students will be able to test for the rank of Yellow and move into the Masters Class.
STEPS IN COMPLETING THE THAI BOXING FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAM
Step 1: Learn the Techniques
The Fundamentals program is designed so one can start at any point in the course. As a result, students can complete the 16 lessons in any order with ease. Upon enrolling, a Fundamentals attendance card is issued on which we will track a student’s progress every step of the way.
Step 2: Develop Your Reflexes
Once the 16 Fundamentals lessons are completed twice, one qualifies to participate in the Drills For Skills (DFS) Classes. In the DFS class is where a student will sharpen their skills by putting together extended combinations, and be introduced to sparring drills in preparation for sparring in the Masters Class.
Step 3: Earn your Orange Armband
Once students complete each of the Fundamentals lessons three times, and they have completed at least 8 Drills For Skills Classes, they are eligible to test for their Yellow Armband. During this test students will be evaluated on their execution of the basic Thai Boxing combinations. If their reflexes are sharp and their performance meets Fusion’s standards, they will qualify for promotion and will be ready to transition into our advanced program, the Masters Class.
FUSION THAI BOXING – MASTERS CLASS
Beyond the Fundamentals program students will delve deeper into the techniques of Thai Boxing, adding elbow strikes, knee strikes, and clinching techniques while sharpening and broadening their punching and kicking skills to build a full Thai Boxing arsenal. Organized into a clearly defined systematic curriculum called the Masters Class, its unique structure simplifies the learning journey by organizing Thai Boxing techniques into 3 chapters (Boxing/Elbows, Kicking/Kneeing, and Clinching). Each chapter is discussed for 4 weeks before moving on to the next.
In the Master Class all 5 Thai Boxing training methods are practiced with the addition of pad work and the availability of sparring, while partner drills and heavy bag training get refined and shadow boxing becomes more focused.
A staple of Thai Boxing training in Thailand, “pad work” or training on the pads, allows for higher intensity training that is safe for both the hitter and holder. A full range of techniques can be practiced with moderate to full power with a pad holder that can mimic an opponent’s behavior. Learning to both hit and hold the pads is an integral part of the Masters Class.
Once a student has graduated from the Fundamentals program they will qualify to attend sparring sessions. In these sessions, students will freely practice landing techniques they have learned in class on each other in a controlled environment while avoiding landing heavy blows and certain techniques deemed too dangerous for sparring. The focus of the sparring sessions is timing, placement, and technical proficiency of moves while maintaining control. Proper sparring equipment is required to attend sparring sessions and any students who cannot control their strikes and spar in a safe manner will not be allowed to participate.
Progression for Masters Class students can occur once they have qualified by attending the required classes. After a student has qualified they will be evaluated on their proficiency of Thai Boxing techniques specified for advancement to the next rank.
Thai Boxing – Masters Class
Traditionally Thai Boxing has never had belts or a ranking system. The only belts to be given out are during championship bouts between the best fighters. While some of our students strive to be competitive champions someday, most simply train to better themselves as individuals.
In the old days, Thai soldiers (usually mature boys) took a piece of cloth that belong to a loved one, usually from the dress of their mother or wife’s scarf that would be blessed by a monk to cast protection. Once blessed, the Prajied or arm ban would be tied above the bicep(s) of a warrior who was entering battle as an amulet. Thai fighters still carry this tradition by wearing an arm ban(s) that is blessed before battle in the ring. Our colored Arm Ban ranking system is a way for students to track their progression while paying homage this cultural aspect of Thai Boxing.