In this week’s segment from Pennsylvania MMA, Micah Yohe, head muay thai instructor with York MMA, explains the age-old striking form.
PENNSYLVANIA, USA — You probably know what boxing and kickboxing are because they have been around for hundreds of years. However, muay thai is a discipline that mixes these two styles, using knees, elbows and clinch.
In this week’s segment of Pennsylvania MMA, Micah Yohe, head muay thai instructor with York MMA, explains the age-old striking form and provides insight into how a seemingly violent act can actually be a work of art. art that appeals to all. walks of life.
“Some people just come to get in shape,” he said. “Some people come in to learn how to defend themselves. We’ve got everyone coming in here. We’re training fighters, but a lot of people are working 9 to 5 coming in, getting in shape and learning to feel more confident- After a while, they feel better about themselves, walk around, look people in the eye.
At first glance, the striking disciplines may appear to be the most violent, but there are a lot of misconceptions surrounding his motivations and practices, Yohe told FOX43.
“One of the main reasons is that they don’t understand it,” Yohe said. “They think what they’re watching is basically a street fight where two people hate each other, and they go in there and try to kill each other. That’s not what we’re doing here. We’re trying to get better each other.”
“If I find a technique, and I use it with a person, and I beat them with that technique, eventually I want them to find something to counter that technique,” he continued. “Because if they do, then I have to find something better than this technique. And that’s how you get better, that’s how iron sharpens iron.”
We’ve heard that iron sharpens iron, as it’s a common phrase in all sports. This rings true on all levels when fighters depend on each other to maintain a level of respect, while honing their craft.
This is especially important for striking, as it’s an intense impact on the body, which makes it vital when your training partner understands your limits.
At York MMA, they train in both muay thai and jiu-jitsu. Instructors and athletes say they are constantly working to keep up with the ever-changing sport of MMA.
Yohe says muay thai is the most widely practiced form of striking in MMA, but that’s not stopping martial artists who specialize in other forms from trying their hand.
“You always see an evolution of the sport, it keeps growing, and I don’t think we’ve seen the peak of its direction yet,” Yohe said.
“You even see some people using karate,” he said. “Muay thai tends to be a bit more popular in MMA, because muay thai is full contact in Thailand, where karate is a lot of point fights. Some people kind of mixed their karate background, and they did very well in the cage with that.
It’s a challenge to mix styles, because wrestling and jiu-jitsu are obviously fundamentally different disciplines than those that focus on striking, Yohe says. However, it forces instructors and students to bring the best of their skills to the table.
“There’s validity to all of these arts, you just have to find what really works in full-contact situations, and also find what works for particular people,” he said.
Yohe says if you want to get in a good workout, martial arts might be for you, and the majority of gyms cater to everyone and want to see someone achieve their goals. In the next segment of MMA in Pennsylvania, we step out of the cage for a moment and watch how a gym in our area works towards a bigger fight, as it travels overseas to help people in the Middle East during a civil war time.
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