Why Do Muay Thai Fighters Shout When Fighting?

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Muay Thai is a martial arts style originating from Thailand. It has been practiced there since the 14th century. In modern times, it became very popular in the United States during the 1980s.

Why do some people make noises while punching? Is it because they don’t realize what they’re doing? Or maybe they just enjoy making noise? Whatever their reason may be, here’s a look into the reasons behind this phenomenon.

Muay Thai fighters make noises during fights for two reasons:

1) To distract the opponent from focusing on his technique,

2) To give themselves confidence & power when they’re about to land a punch.

The Science Behind the Muay Thai Shout

Muay Thai is a martial art that has been around for hundreds of years. It was developed in Thailand and is now practiced worldwide, including in the United States.

In this article, we will discuss the science behind the shout. This includes what it does to your body, how to use it to improve your training, and how to incorporate it into your own personal fitness program.

The first thing you need to know about the shout is that it’s not just one sound. There are two different shouts: the “short” and the “long.”

What is a Muay Thai Short Shout?

A short shout is used by most fighters when they want to get the attention of an opponent or when they want to startle someone. When you hear a fighter yell out a short shout, he is usually trying to get his opponent off balance so that he can land a punch.

You should immediately think of a loud whistle when you hear a short shout. That’s because the short shout is similar to the sound made by blowing air through a whistle. People might also say things like “shout!” or “let me hear ya!” These phrases mean exactly the same as “blow hard through a whistle.”

what is a Muay Thai Long Shout?

The Muay Thai scream, grunt, or shout is known as an ‘energy shout’ or ‘kiai’ in Japanese martial arts. Muay Thai fighters make these sounds to ‘stiffen’ the body at impact, increasing the impact force of the strike.

What Are Other Benefits of the Muay Thai Shout?

Kiai is an expression that represents your fighting spirit. When we say Kiai, it means “to fight.” If you’re about to throw a punch, you should think about what you want to achieve and how you want to express yourself. This way, you’ll feel confident and ready to go into battle.

The second benefit of the Kiai is that it helps you control your breath. During exercise, you breathe deeply and slowly. But when you do something like throw a punch, you inhale quickly and hold your breath for a short period of time. This causes your body to tense up and makes you lose focus. To avoid this, you must learn to take deep breaths while keeping your mouth closed.

Finally, you should practice the energy shout. It’s a technique used in traditional martial arts and involves shouting out loud. Doing this will increase your heart rate, strengthen your muscles, and help you concentrate better.

1. Increased Oxygen Intake 

It’s always good to breathe out as you throw any kind of technique. For example, when throwing a punch, inhale before you throw the punch and then exhale after you’ve thrown the punch. Doing so increases the power behind the punch.

Another reason grunting during full-contact strikes is helpful is because you become more aware of your breath. If you’re constantly shouting and screaming, you’re almost certainly inhaling when you should be expelling air. However, if you don’t grunt as you inhale, it’s much harder to forget to breathe and regulate your inhalations and exhalations.

2. Control Breathing Better

The best way to control your breathing is to practice it. Most people don’t know how to breathe properly because they have never learned about it. In fact, many people are unaware of what proper breathing techniques are even doing to their bodies. If you want to learn how to breathe correctly, here are some tips to help you do that.

Control Your Breathing Pattern

If you’re trying to control your breathing, you’ll want to ensure that you take long, slow breaths. This allows you to take in oxygen without straining yourself too much. You shouldn’t feel like you’re holding your breath while practicing this exercise. Instead, you should be able to easily fill up your lungs with air.

Exhale as You Throw a Strike

This is one of the most important things to remember when learning how to control your breathing. When you exhale, you allow air out of your lungs. This helps keep everything inside your chest nice and tight. By keeping your chest closed, you’ll avoid letting your diaphragm move around too much. This can cause you to lose focus and throw punches that aren’t very effective.

3. Yelling Breathing Improves Vo2

A study published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning shows how Research found that yelling increased oxygen uptake (VO2 max), which is how much oxygen you use during exercise. Researchers had participants perform 30 seconds of cycling followed by 15 minutes of rest. They repeated the same test while shouting out loud. After the second round, researchers saw a significant increase in VO2 max.

The findings suggest that yelling could help athletes improve endurance performance. However, it’s important to note that many factors affect VO2 max, including age, gender, fitness level, body weight, and even genetics. A person’s VO2 max might not change just because he yells, but it’s possible that his VO2 max could go up over time.

4. Allows You to Exert More Power

When comparing the kicking forces generated by MMA fighters who grunt vs. those who don’t, we discovered that grunting increases the force generated by the fighter by 9%.

How Should You Develop Your Own Energy Shout?

Kiai is one of those things that you either love or hate it. If you’re like me, you’ve probably been told to “let loose” and “be yourself.” But how do you know what sounds good? What does it mean to develop your own energy shout? In my experience, I’ve found that there are many different ways to develop your own energy shouts. Some people prefer to use their voices; others prefer to use their bodies. There are even some folks out there who don’t want to use any physical form of expression at all. However, no matter what type of expression you choose, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind to make sure you’re developing your own energy shout effectively.

Have Fun

This seems obvious, but it bears repeating. When you practice any exercise, you need to enjoy yourself while doing it. Otherwise, you won’t stick with it. So, find something that you genuinely enjoy doing. Whether singing along to music, shouting out loud, or simply screaming, make sure you’re having fun.

Be Loud

If you’re working on developing your own energy shout, chances are you’ll want to let loose. And that’s great! But it’s equally important to remember that you shouldn’t go overboard. While you certainly don’t want to hold back, you don’t want to scream at the top of your lungs either. Find a happy medium where you feel comfortable letting loose without causing damage to your throat or damaging your neighbors’ eardrums.

More Shouting in Muay Thai Training Sessions Than Fighting?

In muay thai training, we use shouting to help us focus our attention, build up our strength and power, and increase our endurance. We also use it to motivate ourselves. There are several reasons why we do this.

  • First, it makes us feel better.
  • Second, it gets us into the zone faster.
  • Third, it improves our performance.
  • Fourth, it makes us stronger.
  • And fifth, it helps us relax.

We train hard because we want to win fights. We don’t just fight to win; we fight to win big. So we work harder than most people. But sometimes, even though we train hard, we lose. Sometimes we lose badly. Then we start thinking about what went wrong. Maybe we didn’t train enough. Or maybe we trained too much. Maybe we didn’t prepare well enough. Maybe we got injured. Maybe we weren’t ready for the fight. Whatever happened, we know we could have done better.

But Why Do You Hear Less Shouting in Fights?

In a real fight, most fighters won’t reach their anaerobic capacity. This is because most people don’t train hard enough to reach that level. However, most people who train hard enough will not shout during a real fight. Why? Because they know they’ll probably lose anyway. So, what happens when you’re in a situation where you really want to win? You shout louder to pump yourself up.

Another reason is the crowds are already doing it for us. The influence of crowd noise conditions helps fighters stay motivated and pumped to fight better and more efficiently, from a crowd noise study from The National Libray Of Medicine.


So, if you’re looking to improve your muay thai skills, then you should definitely consider using shouting as part of your training routine. It can be used to help you get into the right mindset before a fight, to help you focus your attention, to help you build up your strength and power, and to help you relax after a challenging workout.


Hi, I'm Ollie. I've always been interested in martial arts and how they got their names and traditions. I love how every martial rat has its own unique style to a degree and how some implement other types of martial arts. I hope I can help you guys answer your martial arts questions!

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