At Silanoe Martial Arts we offer Muay Thai / Dutch Kickboxing. It is a mix of Muay Thai, Kyokushin Karate and Boxing. Muay Thai is a martial art founded in Thailand which focuses on striking. It is known as the science of 8 limbs. Its exact history differs. Most agree that Muay Thai started as close combat on Thai battlefields. Because of it’s effectiveness, the Thai army still uses Muay Thai to date. Nowadays, it is mostly a ring sport.
The Netherlands being a country interested in martial arts and sports in general, The Dutch started developing their own outtake. In the 1970’s, Jan Plas, Jan van Looyen and Peter van der Hemel went on a training camp in Japan where they met sensei Kenji Kurosaki at his dojo in Tokyo. The Dutch were impressed with the skill level of sensei Kurosaki and his students. Sensei Kurosaki’s main fighting style was Kyokushin Karate, but with the heavy influence of Muay Thai. As a result, after returning back to the Netherlands, the Dutch pioneers established a Dutch Kickboxing Federation. The Dutch Kickboxing federation played an important role in promoting and growth of the sport. See here for more information about the history Dutch Kickboxing.
The Dutch style is different as it focuses more on punching and kicking instead of clinching and elbowing. Also, the Dutch have a different way of using angles. Rather than trading punches and kicks commonly seen at traditional Muay Thai fights, Dutch style practitioners choose to avoid damage. Because of the influence of sensei Kurosaki, the Dutch style became a hybrid martial art, being a mix of Muay Thai, Kyokushin Karate and Boxing.
As a result of its effectiveness, one can see Muay Thai / Dutch Kickboxing often in the UFC, K1 and Glory promotions. Famous practitioners are: Ernesto Hoost, Ramon Dekkers, Peter Aerts, Alistair Overeem, Nieky Holzken, Tyrone Spong, Rob Kaman and Andy Souwer among many others. Want to get in shape or improve your striking? Check out our schedule or request a free week trial.