Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art practiced in large parts of the world, including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. The art is similar to others in Southeast Asia such as: pradal serey in Cambodia, lethwei in Myanmar, tomoi in Malaysia, and Lao boxing in Laos.
Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and is the country’s national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today varies significantly from the ancient art muay boran and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in Western boxing. It is very usual to see some fights in arena. Two or three times by week we can pay for see a fight. Sometimes the fighter is 12 or 13 years old !
Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of the Eight Limbs“, as the hands, shins, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight “points of contact,” as opposed to “two points” in Western boxing and “four points” used in the primarily sport-oriented forms of martial arts.
Muay Thai techniques
In its original form Muay Thai consisted of an arsenal of nine weapons : the head, fists, elbows, knees and feet. Known collectively as na- wa arwud. however in mondern Muay Thai both amateur and professional, headbutting an opponent is no longer allowed.