Muay Thai

Muay Thai, the art of 8 limbs.

Muay Thai is a pretty old Martial Art.

Many types of kickboxing have long been practiced around Southeast Asia. Based on Chinese and Indian Martial Arts, trainees claim that these Martial Arts can be tracked back to a thousand years.

In Thailand, Muay Thai evolved from the old Muay Boran, an unarmed combat Martial Art which would have been used by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in a fight. Many state that the old Siamese military created Muay Boran from the weapon-based art, Krabi Krabong, but others state that both arts were created at the same time. Krabi Krabong nevertheless was an important influence on Muay Thai as witnessed in the practices in the Wai Khru.

Muay boran, and therefore Muay Thai, was originally called Dhoi Muay or simply Muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay Thai became a sport in which the adversaries battled in front of spectators who went to spectate for fun. These Muay Thai contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held inside temples. Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope (as a type of glove) around their hands and forearms. These types of contests were called Muay Khat Chueak.

Muay Thai, like boxing and various types of kickboxing, is seen as a very good striking base within MMA, and is very widely practiced among MMA fighters. Fighters (some of whom have won titles) such as Gina Carano, Jon Jones, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Alistair Overeem, Duane Ludwig, Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Amir Sadollah, and Cristiane Santos employ a wide range of tactics taken from Muay Thai. Many other mixed martial artists have trained in the art, and it is often taught at MMA, BJJ, and Wrestling gyms.

Many techniques associated with Muay Thai are often seen in MMA, such as knees, elbows, clinching, high/low leg kicks and punches.

For further reading on the subject, check out my Muay Thai blog.

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