What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is one of the most unique combat sports in existence today. Known as the science of the eight limbs, Muay Thai’s versatile strikes from the fists, shins, knees and elbows make it a unique sport, despite the many other striking martial arts around.
It is known that Muay Thai originated from the ancient art of Muay Boran thousands of years ago, practiced by Siamese soldiers in battle when they were disarmed from their weapons and therefore forced to practice hand-to-hand combat in order to survive.
In the entertainment aspect of Muay Boran, the ‘last man standing’ would win through an indefinite encounter with no protection, no referee and no rules.
However, almost a hundred years ago, King Rama VII introduced a controlled version of the fight sport, known as Muay Thai, and it has since rooted itself deep into the history of Thailand, becoming the national sport and embedding itself within the country’s culture.
Muay Thai is still also very much the sport of the warrior, demonstrating an elite level of skill, technique and fitness arguably unseen in any other martial art.
Now taking place within a western-sized boxing ring with the obligatory use of protective gear such as mouth guards, groin guards and gloves, the sport is also regulated by qualified judges and a referee, making it an entertaining, enjoyable and safe sport to practice, and is done so in many other countries, such as Holland, Australia and of course, the UK.