I saw this video of Muay Thai Boran on youtube.
It depicts a form. I found the following things interesting in the form's relation to Karate forms
Before you read on please be aware that when I use the term "form" I am refering to a form as a kata or sequence of movements as opposed to the way the term is used in the video where it means a particular movement.
1. Notice that the form begins and ends with a salute and a "ready position"
2. Notice the "rising block" (0:12) (I also find it interesting how the commentator refers to many movements as blocks e.g. "double X block", has the idea that forms consist mainly of blocks permeated even Thai forms? Also in the application demonstarations the tori uses the "rising block" as a block against a face level attack). Also I would argue that the X-block seems to be ineffective as a block against the double attack i.e. the uke seems to stop short of tori's head (3:43)
3. Notice the "square block" (0:20) which is almost identical to the 1st move of Heian Nidan/ Pinan Shodan. In the application part it is used as Iain's secondary bunkai application of this movemnt from the kata as shown the the Bunkai-Jutsu vol.1 DVD.
4. Notice the use of hikite (3:10) and limb control (3:20)
5. The use of angles seems to be important and moreover the tori makes great uses of this strategy in the application of the movements e.g. (3:35)
Additionaly I would say that some of the leg techniques are inefectively applied e.g. knee strike to pectoral muscle or shoulder (3:51) and round house kick to the shoulder blade (3:56). Could it be that both attacks are supposed to be for the opponent's head which is lowered to chest level but that the practitioners are unaware of this just like often karatekas will apply a middle level punch to the chest when it is really intended for a head that was brought down to chest level?
Also the 2nd form, starting at (4:48), depicted makes great use of very high level kicks which demand great athleticism which do not have their place in a functional self-protection system (does anyone know if Muay Thai Boran, which I assume is at least partly different from Muay Thai (or at least the ring sport part of it), is supposed to be such a system or is it more of a martial i.e. warfare art which still would not explain the use of these kicks)
Would love to hear comments.
Does anyone here have any experience with Muay Thai forms?