The Muay Thai Syllabus for Wicker Camp.
The Muay Thai syllabus for Wicker Camp comprises 4 main stages of achievement.
The stages are:
Stage 1 – BEGINNER.
Stage 2 – INTERMEDIATE.
Stage 3 – ADVANCED.
Stage 4 – COACHING.
Contained within each stage are three levels of learning which follows a progressive syllabus. Each level should take an average of 3-6 months to become relatively proficient in the skills required for this unit.
The following gives an overview of the type and range of performance that the majority of students should characteristically demonstrate by the end of each stage.
Stage 1 – BEGINNER LEVEL (B1, B2, B3)
By the end of this stage students should be able to perform basic Muay Thai techniques and movement accurately with a fair degree of speed and power. Students should have the ability to link techniques together to demonstrate simple fighting combinations and demonstrate appropriate defensive techniques. They will improve their performance through practicing their skills, working alone (bagwork or shadow boxing), or with a partner (padwork or neck wrestling). At B2 and B3 level they should be able to make simple judgements regarding distance and type of technique to use during sparring and are introduced to simple strategies and tactics and show control. From B1 to B3 there should be an improvement in their fitness, flexibility and strength. At B2/B3 level students will be introduced and be able to demonstrate the cultural traditions of the Muay Thai syllabus.
Stage 2 – INTERMEDIATE LEVEL (I1, I2, I3)
By the end of this stage students should be able to perform more complicated Muay Thai techniques and movement and show a good degree of accuracy, power and speed. Through repetition of movement and continued practice they improve and refine performance of existing and new skills. They are capable of working alone, in pairs and in small groups, can make simple judgements regarding their own and others’ performance and use this information effectively to improve the quality of their own Muay Thai skills. They should be able to sustain more demanding energetic activity over longer periods of time to show further improvement in their fitness, flexibility and strength and show a good level of conditioning required for this level. At this level they increase their knowledge of fighting strategies and tactics and should be able to find solutions, sometimes responding imaginatively to the various challenges they encounter in different areas of the syllabus. The cultural aspects of the Muay Thai syllabus are continued to be practised and should be performed more accurately. At this level students may be introduced to competitive Muay Thai.
Stage 3 – ADVANCED LEVEL (A1, A2, A3)
By the end of this stage students should be able to demonstrate very complicated Muay Thai techniques and movement with a high level of accuracy, power and speed. Students continue to improve and refine existing techniques, perform more advanced sequences of movements and can demonstrate these advanced techniques and skills with good precision and timing. Students must show an understanding of more complicated concepts of strategies and tactics in sparring and are able to apply these to outwit their opponent in more dynamic and demanding sparring situations. They should be able to cope with high intensity padwork, sparring and neckwrestling drills performed at this level and demonstrate further improvements in their flexibility, strength and conditioning required for this level. They must show they can appreciate their own strengths and weaknesses and be able to formulate solutions to improve performance and recognise the long and short term effects of physical exercise through the practice of MuayThai.
Stage 4 – COACHING (Trainee Instructor, Instructor, Senior Instructor)
In order to be eligible for this stage students must have competed at least once in Muay Thai.
By the end of this stage Instructors should be able to deliver a Muay Thai session at all levels and coach both adults and children with the use of an appropriate lesson plan. Instructors must be able to practically demonstrate Muay Thai techniques accurately and consistently. Instructors must be able to explain clearly how and when to use Muay Thai techniques and skills, use correct terms and phrases and ensure appropriate use of language. Instructors should be able to accurately evaluate the performance of others, give critical feedback to enable improvement of performance and be able to positively motivate students in achieving their Muay Thai goals. Instructors should act professionally at all times. They must demonstrate that they understand the Rules and Regulations of Muay Thai, be able to produce a risk assessment for a specific session and take responsibility for sessions. Instructors must be prepared to have Professional Indemnity Insurance.