HOW TO STAND, WALK & RETREAT - Muay Chaiya Baanchangthai Camp

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HOW TO STAND, WALK & RETREAT

    PRACTICE METHOD The practitioner should stand with their feet separated at a distance of about shoulder-width apart. From there, bend both of your legs at a comfortable level. You, yourself, have to figure out what your own comfort level is. Avoid bending them too much or too little. Body remains upright. Place both of your hands around the tops of your thighs while allowing both of your elbows to form obtuse angles. Both feet should be perfectly parallel to each other. Practice standing this way until you feel comfortable with it & the posture becomes second nature.


    When we practice standing this way until it feels natural, we automatically improve our own balance. So take your time before continuing on to the next step regarding how to walk properly. Walking in the style of Muay Thai according to the method taught by grandmaster KHET SRIYAPAI differs from modern Muay Thai due to the fact that it requires walking with both feet parallel to each other. Hands & feet must work in unison. Hand & foot on the same side of the body must travel in the same direction. This is what is initially taught in the early training stages. The boxing walk requires practicing both the forward & backward movement. When we practice walking forward & backward until we achieve a certain level of mastery, we can… therefore… practice the advancing steps known as “YAHNG” in Thai.

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    PRACTICE METHOD FOR WALKING Draw two long lines parallel to each other in front of you wherein they’re separated at a distance of about shoulder-width apart. From there, place your RIGHT foot on the RIGHT line & your LEFT foot on the LEFT line. Stand in a squatting position by bending both legs. Place both hands in front of your thighs & allow your elbows to form obtuse angles.
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STEP 1
LIFT one of your legs up a little bit. Suppose that we lift our RIGHT leg. Flex your RIGHT foot up when you do that. Both hands remain on the front of your thighs.

STEP 2
TURN on your support leg while swinging your hips as a way to help you with the turning action. And, pivot on the ball of your foot. Don’t turn using the sole of your foot! Turn LEFT at a 45 degree angle on the line that you’re standing on.

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STEP 3
SET your RIGHT foot down in front of you on the RIGHT line. But, you must place it down parallel to the support leg.

NOTE:
Steps 1, 2, and 3 require bending your legs at all times. Both hands should be placed around the front of your thighs. And… when you place the ball of your foot down… don’t place it over the other line which is not the same line wherein you lifted your leg.

When we LIFT the RIGHT leg up, TURN on the support leg (LEFT leg) & SET the ball of your RIGHT foot down parallel with your LEFT foot. Next, LIFT your LEFT leg & TURN to the RIGHT on the ball of your support leg’s RIGHT foot while creating an angle of about 45 degrees with the lines upon which we’re standing on. From there, SET your LEFT foot down in front of you by placing it down on top of the LEFT line. Position your foot so that it is parallel with your RIGHT one.
(It’s necessary to bend your legs at all times while keeping both hands placed on the tops of your thighs.)

Practice walking this way on long lines. When you’ve reached the end of the lines that you drew on the ground, begin practicing the retreating steps.


PRACTICE METHOD FOR RETREATING

STEP 1
LIFT your front leg while flexing your foot up.

STEP 2

TURN on your support leg in the direction opposite to that of the forward walking movement. Make sure that your foot turns at a 45 degree angle. TURN on your support leg as you raise your heel then pivot on the ball of your foot.

STEP 3

SET your foot down behind you. But, make sure that it’s the same line wherein you lifted your leg. Position your foot so that it’s parallel with the one with which you pivoted on.

NOTE:

When walking forward & when we LIFT our RIGHT leg up, the LEFT foot with which we stand upon will turn counter-clockwise. And… when we lift our LEFT foot up, the RIGHT foot with which we’re standing upon will turn clockwise. However… when we retreat & lift our RIGHT foot up, our LEFT foot with which we’re standing upon will turn clockwise along with it. And… when we lift our LEFT foot up, our RIGHT foot with which we’re standing upon will turn in a counter-clockwise direction. It will continue to alternate in this manner.

Practice walking all the way to the end of the parallel lines & do the retreating steps until you’ve returned to the starting point.

When you, the practitioner, practice walking until you’ve obtained a certain level of mastery & good balance to the point where it all becomes second nature… we can, therefore, refer to this method of walking as walking with the “Three Treasures” in hand. From that point on… we can, therefore, begin practicing the “Three Treasure Steps” movement.

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HOW TO STAND, WALK & RETREAT
PRACTICE METHOD The practitioner should stand with their feet separated at a distance of about shoulder-width apart. From there, bend both of your legs at a comfortable level. You, yourself, have to figure out what your own comfort level is. Avoid bending them too much or too little. Body remains upright. Place both of your hands around the tops of your thighs while allowing both of your elbows to form obtuse angles. Both feet should be perfectly parallel to each other…

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