What is Muay Thai? Muay Thai is a style of kickboxing. It has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies slightly from the ancient art Muay Boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A master practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” (fists) in Western boxing and “four points” (fists, feet) used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
MMA University is proud to be the first official affiliate in Canada under Duane”BANG”Ludwig and the BMT System of Muay Thai. The MMA University BMT Program is headed by Coach Louie Grover. All classes involve proper conditioning for striking sports, mobility, flexibility and the BANG Muay Thai Curriculum in a fun safe environment. With a high level of knowledge from experienced coaches BANG Muay Thai Calgary is an evolving and fast growing program here at MMA University.
Ludwig’s BANG Muay Thai system (or BMT) is a rigorously developed muay thai system created by Ludwig himself. The philosophy of which draws upon experience accrued through Ludwig’s 20-year career, as well as incorporating various principles Ludwig learned under long term tutelage of coaches such as Bas Rutten and Trevor Wittman. Ludwig has also added principles to the system taught to him by training with high level fighters, such as Ramon Dekkers. The system itself can be described as a striking style which includes elements of Muay Thai, Dutch kickboxing, American boxing and traditional martial arts. BMT has a promotion system similar to traditional martial arts, where students rank up in color as their skills progress.