Everything you need to know about Muay Thai boxing


Celebrities including Jesinta Franklin and Kyle Clarke swear by the intense training that burns up to 700 calories in an hour. 

Images: Instagram@kylyclarke / @jesinta_franklin

A Perth teenager has died from severe dehydration while she was training for a Muay Thai fight. Jessica Lindsay, 18, was said to be cutting weight in the run up to an amateur martial arts event when she collapsed. The teenager was healthy before the event, Channel 9 reported.

While the coroner is investigating the case, it’s put a spotlight on the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand. Muay Thai boxing is called the “Art of Eight Limbs” because combatants always have eight different methods of striking available to them, including punches, elbows, kicks, and knees (the hardest parts of your body).

Renowned for its hard sparring and demanding conditioning regime, the brutal-looking sport has been on the radar this year – thanks to Australian celebrities crediting the fitness regime for leaning down. According to Nutristrategy, a 70kg person will burn about 230 calories in 20 minutes of the training, or 690 calories in a one-hour session.

In August, Jesinta Franklin said she’d used the form of boxing to help her get into shape for the David Jones catwalk.

“I love my combat sports,” she told news.com.au.

“I’ve been boxing for a while now, but I’ve just started Muay Thai kickboxing. I love it, because it’s a whole new skill set and something new to learn, and while you’re learning you’re also working on your fitness.”

The model often shares Instagram posts of her working her technique on the bags and pads.

Meanwhile, last month Kyly Clarke told Seven’s The Morning Show that despite concerns over her slim frame, she feels stronger than ever thanks to the sport.

“I’ve added some Muay Thai fighting in to my regimen which has really changed my body and transformed my body,” she told hosts Kylie Gilles and Larry Emdur.

“I can’t believe how much it has morphed and transformed my body. It’s sculpted every single muscle in my body which I never thought I had.

“Mentally as well and physically it’s really just changed who I am as a person,” Clarke said.

The traditional martial art has a big emphasis on conditioning, and powerful kicks. It slays stress, calories, and boosts self-esteem, and is no more dangerous than any other form of boxing. In fact, it’s taught to children in Thailand (though learning the skills will always be less risky than actually fighting).

August 9, 2017. Model Jesinta Franklin speaking in Sydney says taking up Thai boxing helped her shape her bikini body ahead of the David Jones Spring Summer 2017 launch. Ms Franklin says her husband Sydney Swan’s star Buddy Franklin, who will be attending the show despite a hectic AFL season, still gives her “butterflies” when she sees him in a suit.



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