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One of the most distinctive features of Muay Chaiya is the Master Position or Ta Khru. This posture is considered the foundation of this style. A seemingly awkward stance that actually hides a lot of technical elements for the expert practitioner.


A Muay Chaiya fighter must be proficient in the use of this posture in order to protect his vital points and to misdirect the opponent by looking defenceless while preparing to attack.


Standing on one slightly bent leg the Chaiya boxer charges his supporting limb with great elastic power, ready to explode. The other leg is fully bent protecting the lower targets, ready to stop-hit the opponent. The body is kept angled offering a small target with the arms protecting the vital points of the trunk and the throat.