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IMBA Lert Rit Curriculum is based upon seven technical Pillars or Mae Mai Muay Lert Rit and 31complimentary or advanced strategies, Look Mai Muay Lert Rit. A deep knowledge of basic and advanced Muay Thai Boran techniques (called Mae Mai-Look Mai Muay Thai) is needed as a starting point upon which a real understanding of Lert Rit can be built . From a general point of view the basic curriculum is based upon the use of the following elements:
Low kicks: roundhouse or straight kicks aimed no higher than the belt line
Elbow strikes: both slashing and piercing aiming to crush the bones, break the joints, cause concussions or damaging the t-zone of the opponent
Knee strikes: executed both with and without a grab
Headbutts : similarly executed both with and without a grab
Hand strikes: mainly open hand strikes, (palm, thumb or fingers used as a knife), forearm strikes; punches are encouraged only after the trainee has undergone a specific training for Bare Knuckle Boxing
Muay Pram: extensive training in thai grappling is needed since the very beginning stage oftraining. Any IMBA Lert Rit trainee must be at ease at very close range and every technique must be possibly applied in close combat.
Close range is where a Lert Rit expert is more at ease; real fights usually happen at a very close range and most Lert Rit fighting strategies specialize in close combat situations.
A Lert Rit practitioner, beside being able to powerfully strike from a close distance by his elbows, knees, head, forearms, hands, while firmly holding his opponent thanks to a repertoire of specialized grappling holds, must learn to apply, if the situation requires, a series of incapacitating, explosive arm or neck locks.
The basic Muay Thai Chap Ko (neck hold) is trained extensively to become second nature and if properly applied, it is enough to render the opponent unconscious by combining the strenght of the hold with a quick barrage of knee, head and elbow strikes. Moreover, a properly applyed Chap Ko hold is the starting point to execute a series of unbalancing and throwing techniques. Hard throwing techniques (Tum Tap) complete the technical mix, adding a finishing touch to the tool box of any experienced Lert Rit fighter.
Any confrontation will be faced aggressively, bringing the fight to the opponent following 3basic step:
1. Engagement (aggressive defence based on preemptive striking)
2. Grappling to knock down (throwing or hitting opponent’s vital spots)
3. Finalizing the opponent on the ground (kneeing, stomping or breaking techniques).
IMBA Lert Rit Look Mai are structured to put the trainee in conditions to properly apply the 3 basic steps of fighting. Learning how to get close to the opponent and how to manage to fight at very close range is of paramount importance, according to Lert Rit fighting strategy.