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Get fit the Muaythai way

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 22 2009   /  04:56 pm

Martial arts often look pretty tough, but it's not all about the fight: Those graceful kicks and powerful punches can spice up a fitness routine and get you into great shape. With Muaythai, an ancient Thai martial art and international sport, you'll get a whole-body workout that will keep you strong, balanced and confident, in terms of self-defense. For those not familiar with the term Muaythai, it is, quite simply, Thai boxing - muay means boxing. But its name can often mean it is overlooked as a harmless fitness activity because it sounds aggressive and violent. Is it? "Not really," says Francois Mohede, or Frans, co-owner of Baan Muay Thai Club in South Jakarta. "Muaythai also emphasizes physical exercise; it actually incorporates heavy cardio training." According to Frans, people often confuse Muaythai with kickboxing. "*Muaythai and kickboxing* have the same...