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Muay Thai in Bury: The Ultimate Self Defence Solution at Smooth Combat Academy

Welcome back to the Smooth Combat Academy blog. We are a combat sports gym in Bury, Manchester and your gateway to mastering the best martial arts for both competition and for self-defence!


As the proud owner and coach, I am excited to share how Muay Thai, one of the key combat sports we offer here at the gym, can equip you with powerful self-defence techniques to handle any real-life situation.


Why Self Defence is Vital

In our dynamic world, self-defence skills are essential for everyone, especially teenagers and young adults. Life is unpredictable, and having the ability to protect yourself and your loved ones brings peace of mind and confidence when facing potential threats.


Muay Thai: The Art of Eight Limbs for Self Defence

Here at Smooth Combat Academy, we believe in teaching practical self-defence techniques, and we do that by focusing on combat sports. What works in the ring or cage, is much more likely to work on the street. That's why we place special emphasis on Muay Thai, also known as the "Art of Eight Limbs." This powerful martial art from Thailand empowers you to use your fists, elbows, knees, and shins to defend yourself effectively.


Why Muay Thai Works

One of the reasons Muay Thai stands out for self-defence is because it really works—and it works best when practiced regularly live against trained, non-compliant opposition. It's a reality-based combat sport where students actively train and spar with resisting partners, preparing them for real-life situations.

One of Our Success Stories

Imagine Jack, one of our dedicated Youth Squad students, who, after only around 6 months of training, used his Muay Thai skills to protect himself in a potentially life-threatening situation. When confronted by two aggressive individuals on the street late at night, one of whom had a small knife, Jack instinctively applied his Muay Thai training, using footwork, precise punches and front kicks which allowed him to deter the attackers, create space and safely run away from the scene. Jack's story illustrates how practicing live against real opponents can make all the difference in self-defence encounters.


Essentials for Self Defence

Master Your Fighter's Stance: The foundation of Muay Thai starts with finding your fighter's stance. At Smooth Combat Academy, we teach you how to stand confidently with feet shoulder-width apart, hands guarding your face, and your body slightly angled to present a smaller target. This stance puts you in the best position to strike and defend, ensuring you're ready to respond to any threat.

Develop Powerful Strikes: Striking is at the heart of Muay Thai, and our experienced coaches will guide you in perfecting your punches and kicks. Learning to generate power through your strikes will give you an edge in a self-defence situation. Through regular training, you'll develop the speed and precision needed to protect yourself effectively.

Close-Quarter Combat: Clinching and Grappling Muay Thai also equips you with clinching and grappling techniques for close-range encounters. In situations where an opponent attempts to grab or hold you, Muay Thai training will help you gain control using the clinch—wrapping your arms around the opponent's neck or body and then using close range strikes such as knees and elbows to neutralise the situation.

Whilst grappling isn’t the primary focus of Muay Thai, we do also offer 3 Beginners Grappling classes each week, covering both gi and no-gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and also a wrestling class which focuses on takedowns, trips, and throws. Muay Thai skills when combined with some grappling training will make you a real force to be reckoned with!


The Power of Confidence and Composure

Muay Thai's benefits extend beyond physical techniques. Regular training builds mental resilience and confidence, which can be invaluable in self-defence scenarios. As you progress in your martial arts journey, you'll find that the self-assurance you gain will positively impact various aspects of your life. It is not uncommon for students to report back that due to the increased confidence that they have developed on the mats, they carry themselves in a manner that completely deters would-be attackers. Remember, most violent criminals are predatory parasites who look for weak and easy victims. Walk tall, look everybody in the eye, and train hard so that if the worst case occurs, you know for a face that you’re no easy push over.

Join Us at Smooth Combat Academy

If you're eager to learn Muay Thai for self-defence and live in or around Bury, Greater Manchester, Smooth Combat Academy is the place for you. Our classes are full of energy, good vibes, and real, solid combat sports training. We have classes every day of the week except Sundays, with classes suited for any experience level, from first-time training to seasoned professional fighters.

At Smooth Combat Academy, we firmly believe that the best martial arts for self-defence are those that are effective, practical, and experienced in live scenarios against skilled opponents. Muay Thai, with its powerful techniques and real-life application, fits the bill perfectly. Come train with us, and let's empower you with the skills and confidence to face any challenge that comes your way. Join the vibrant community of martial artists at Smooth Combat Academy, and together, let's always be prepared.

About the Author

My name is Sam Spencer, I'm the owner and head coach of Smooth Combat Academy in Bury, Greater Mancheser.

With well over a decade of experience in combat sports, and have both competing at the professional level in MMA and coaching full time for many years now, I'm incredibly passionate about teaching the best combat sports skills possible and ensuring that my community will always be able to defend themselves.


Join us at the gym, let's train together.

Use the button on this website’s homepage to book yourself a first trial class for just £5.

See you on the mat.


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