What is a basic technique?
Basic technique or “mother technique” (Mae Mai or Maeh Mai) is a technique used to shape reaction patterns for the use of primary combat elements (Physical Knowledge), Defense Knowledge and Safety Knowledge.
Derivations of basic techniques are called technical variants (Look Mai or Loog Mai).
Use of the term “Mae Mai” in other fighting styles
In contrast to the original understanding of pahuyuth about the conceptual structure and the teaching of combat techniques, often arbitrarily selected combinations of techniques (Mai Gon) are classified as basic techniques (Mae Mai) in Muay Thai or Muay Boran. The lack of a logical derivation and justification for this classification can be seen as an indication of a lack of expertise in the reconstruction of traditional fighting styles.
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