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Release Date: 2006-06-06
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The Ancient Bare Knuckle Muay Thai Seminar DVD focuses on the tactics and fighting strategies of the various regional bare knuckle systems that existed in Thailand when bare knuckle fighting flourished throughout the kingdom. The original tactics were then synthesized and streamlined into what we now know of as modern ring Muay Thai.

The older bare knuckle fighting methods were complete martial arts systems for use not only in the ring but also for self defense, meditative and ceremonial practice as well as health and restoration. The various regional systems along with the fighters and masters that propagated them provided an incredible bank of techniques from which a practitioner could draw from and perfect. The popularity of ring Muay Thai along with the banning of the bare knuckle tournaments lead to its fast decline with few of the actual systems remaining in functional practice today.

In this first volume dedicated to foundation strategies, the viewer will be lead for the first time ever through a complete understanding of what is Muay, the seven principles of the Thai martial arts, the seven tenets that establish a foundation for action, the art of disruption and the decision cycle as well as an array of techniques from the infamous tiger walk to the various footwork patterns and attacks.

Colonel Amnat Pooksrisuk has devoted his entire life to the preservation and propagation of the complete spectrum of Thai martial arts as well as the strategies and principles that govern them. A career military man, he has tirelessly trained and documented many of the ancient and modern methods under the last remaining Grandmasters throughout Thailand. A key figure in the World Muay Thai Council, he continuously works to promote Muay Thai throughout the world. Ajarn Pooksrisuk is one of the few remaining masters who possesses the knowledge of how the Pichai Songkram or Thai Manual Of Warfare provides the keys to understanding the underlying principles that govern all the Thai Martial Arts.

" A vital reminder that the depth of the Thai Martial Arts have rarely been explored or even understood in the West. Colonel Amnat Pooksrisuk passionately shares his knowledge on the foundation strategies and principles many of which still reverberate today in the modern Muay Thai ring. A superb DVD for those seeking to understand the underpinnings of the ancient bare knuckle systems. "

- Clint Heyliger,

United States Muay Thai Association

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Summary: Authentic instruction on Bare Knuckle Muay Thai!
Comment: This disk is part of a two disk set featuring Colonel Amnat Pooksrisuk, a member of the World Muay Thai Council and a career solider who graduated from the US war college. I decided to review both disks together, because anyone serious about learning the basics of bare knuckle Muay Thai should consider getting both.

The DVD's to a great job in laying down the basic foundation behind the bare knuckle arts of Thailand. Although the Colonel has a think accent, his instruction is very clear. I've heard BJJ guys from Brazil that were worse, so it really wasn't an issue.

Vol 1 lays the foundation & gives basic principals and techniques. Vol 2 focuses on skill development exercises that help build the physical structure behind the techniques. Both disks have solo exercises that remind me of the RMAX biomechanical movements Scott Sonnon teaches. For example, opening & closing your fingers "with intent" has made my grip much stronger. I can make a much tighter fist than before - something important for bare knuckle or MMA fighting. It's amazing that something so simple can make such a difference.

He even teaches a defense similar to the Crazy Monkey/shelling technique a lot of MMA guys have used the past few years. Funny to think that a defensive structure hundreds (thousands?) of years old was a fairly recent development in modern MMA. I was also surprised to see the Colonel teaching the looping punch used by MMA fighters like Chuck Liddel & Fedor, as well as footwork to set up strikes against the takedown. He also covered techniques to break the Thai neck clinch that I haven't seen before - some of this stuff could've saved Rich Franklin's belt & nose when he lost to Anderson Silva.

MMA fighters really need to get both disks. The techniques & training methods could have an immediate impact your striking game. If you are serious about the finer details of bare knuckle striking, this is the set is for you.

Filmmaker Vincent Giordano publishes a newsletter called The Vanishing Flame, which covers the martial arts of Southeast Asia. He has other interesting DVDs as well, including some with bareknuckle matches. [...]

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Summary: A quality DVD
Comment: This DVD is the 1st volume on Colonel Amnat Pooksrisuk's bareknuckle muay. This is an older version of the modern ring thai boxing/ muay thai.
The DVD runs for around 80 mins & is based on an edited seminar given by Col Amnat. I felt there was very little, if any, filler on this DVD.

The DVD goes through the principles and foundations of muay. Practical examples are given for each of these and these applications are built on in the 2nd volume.

Col. Amnat demonstrates many drills & footwork drills throughout. Some of these have greatly clarified my notes from my own training in Thailand regarding exterior/ interior line.

I really enjoy watching this DVD & a short viewing always end up in watching it to the end. On the basis of this DVD I bought the 2nd volume (reviewed later).

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