Dr. Steve Tries Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand.  In Thailand it’s their national sport, much like football is ours.

Muay Thai is often called the “Art of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus eight points of contact.

This contrasts with boxing which uses fists, (two points), and kickboxing, which uses hands and feet, (four points).


Dr. Steve tried out Muay Thai at the Renzo Gracie Academy in New York City.

Renzo Gracie’s is known for Mixed Martial Arts and their Muay Thai program is phenomenal.

Dr. Steve had been talking about doing it for months and was thrilled to get the chance to workout with the masters.


The master at Renzo Gracie is Joe Sampieri. 

Joe fought on Renzo Gracie’s International Fight League’s “Pit Bull” team in 2007 and also fought in the Elite Xtreme Combat competition.

He won a first-round TKO in the first ever non-pay televised Mixed Martial Arts event.

He is currently ranked among the Top 10 fighters by the International Kickboxing Federation.

He also holds the World Kickboxing Association Super Welterweight title.

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