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«Muay Boran, the art of the nine body parts»

At our BOX & CLINCH classes the Muay Thai – Muay Boran is personally led by Kru Franco Vacirca. As with our Gracie Jiu-Jitsu classes, the emphasis is on self-defense, or the martial art of self-protection.

In the BOX & CLINCH classes we teach the authentic Muay Boran “Lert Rit” in standing combat. This fighting style is very direct and is therefore also practiced in Thailand by the special forces and bodyguards of the royal family. The Muay Boran is known as the art of the nine (9) body parts, which can be used efficiently and practically after a short time.

In addition to the GJJ finishing techniques (numerous leverage and choke variations), we also teach “Muay Pram”, which is known as “Thai grappling” (clinch techniques). The clinch work is very effective in self-defense and complements the GJJ in a very special way.


“Kru Franco”

Franco Vacirca is not only a renowned BJJ instructor (black belt, 6th degree) of the Gracie family, but also a long-time practitioner of Thai martial arts. In the mid 80’s he started Muay Thai under Surachai (Chai) Sirisute in Santa Monica, USA. He is still with Ajarn Chai today, as this master is for Kru Franco, his martial arts father.

In Thailand he also learned the first movements of Krabi-Krabong and (Thai Royal) knife fighting. Later, Kru Franco came to Ajarn Deng Worawoot, who personally came to Zurich in 2001 to introduce traditional Muay Boran at the Vacirca Academy of Martial Arts (VAMA).

From that first meeting, Ajarn Marco and Kru Franco developed a close friendship and cooperation. They conducted several seminars in Switzerland and Italy, produced the first cross-fighting instructional video with Budo International, and wrote several articles promoting this new collaboration.

“If you can’t punch, you don’t know how to fight!”, with this opinion Kru Franco is not alone, because a real street situation starts in the stance. For Kru Franco is the Muay Thai boxing, but also other fighting styles like Kuntao & Kung-Fu and Filipino Boxing (Panatukan and Dumog), which not only complement our GJJ stand-up fighting, but also make it more efficient and enrich it.


“Kung-Fu, Kuntao & Filipino Boxing Inside…”

Kuntao & Kung-Fu:

Franco came to Wing Chun Kung-Fu at the age of eleven (1980) when he was training in Judo shortly before. Kung-Fu became for Franco as a base in martial arts, and today he still travels to learn from the best teachers. This style is very direct and that is exactly what Franco appreciates in this style of fighting, without detours directly through the middle to the target. Defense (the block) and the counterattack (the counter move) are simultaneous and that’s why they are so efficient. The classic “Ving Tsun” (also known as White Crane style) and other similar “internal” fighting styles emphasize the control and use of the opponent’s “energy”, therefore such styles are tailored for smaller, physically lighter, and weaker people. The WCKF style was (supposedly) developed by a woman (named Ving Tsun). Regardless of whether this story is true or just remains a saga, the fact is that this fighting style is built very gently and highly intelligently, and therefore can be practiced without age limit.

Filipino Boxing:

This style of boxing was introduced by masters like Dan Inosanto back in the early days of Filipino Kali Eskrima, in the early 70s. Today, Filipino Boxing (also known as Panatukan) is experiencing a true revival. Today it is also called “Dirty Boxing” (!) – for whatever reason, there is nothing “dirty” about Filipino Boxing. It is simply the continuation from stick fighting, to knife fighting, to weaponless techniques. The Kali is historically closely related to the Indonesian martial arts (Pentjak Silat / Pencak Silat) and the (Indo-Chinese) style Kuntao. Franco also learned Pentjak Silat back in the 80’s from masters such as Rudy Terlinden and Paul De Thours. “For me, martial arts flow into each other and whoever recognizes this value, not only all martial arts are open to him, but the whole world”, says Franco Vacirca.


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