I wanted to Thank Christoph Delp for sending me a copy of his latest instruction DVD, “Muay Thai Basic Techniques” I’ve owned a couple of books from Christoph Delp in the past and the DVD seems to be a continuation of the books. The DVD is filled with about 2 hours of Muay Thai goodness!
The DVD is broken 9 sections:
- Basic Knowledge
- Fist Techniques
- Elbow Techniques
- Kicking Techniques
- Pushing/Teep Techniques
- Knees from a distance
- Defence Basics
Each section is broken down into their respective techniques, for example in the “Kicking Techniques” section of the DVD the following techniques are demonstrated:
- Round Kick
- Leg Kicks
- Half Shin/Knee Kicks
- Heel Kicks
- Spinning Kicks
- Jumping Round Kick
Each technique is demonstrated in great detail by Champion Nak Muay…The Nak Muay demonstrating techniques include (Saiyok , Kem, Petpatum, Antuan, Samranchai, Armin, and Jaochalarm) I’ve seen other nak muay showing up the youtube clips, I’m not sure if there going to appear in later version, as I didn’t catch them in my version.
As I mentioned the techniques are repeated in great detail along with a voice over explaining some of the body mechanics required to execute the technique.
The Round kick is demonstrated by Kem Sitsongpeenong, in it he demo’s on the Thai pads, and then on a partner, it lasts for about 00:01:45.
I think the DVD is fairly complete and detailed for a “Basic Techniques” DVD, I do however think they’ve missed out on a small opportunity. This DVD is aimed at beginners and the clips show experts performing the techniques, however would have been the perfect opportunity to explain the finer points of a technique.
In the kicking section you might want to talk about rotation of your plant foot, kicking through the target, kicking with your shin and not your foot etc.
Despite that, I think it’s a very good dvd. I know a lot of people don’t have access to “authentic muay thai,” this DVD is a good jumping off point, so you can reference what a nak muay’s rhythm, timing, pad work, sparring resembles.