Muay Thai Boxing
Muay Thai Boxing is the traditional art of self defence and highly popular
sport of Thailand. It has become increasing popular with western and non Thai’s
as a very competitive contact sport which tests the endurance, strength and
stamina of its combatants.
Muay Thai style boxing involves fists, elbows, feet, knees and it’s more of a free for all fight supervised by a referee which is separated by 3 minute rounds with a maximum of 5 rounds and watched by enthusiastic onlookers keen to bet on the winner which is in fact illegal in Thailand as Gambling is banned.
The originations of Muay Thai was believed to have formulated national interest and status around 1774 when the defeated Siamese by the Burmese invaders challenged a local fighter namely Nai Khanom Tom to take on the Burmese fighters. The Siamese King Naresuen of Siam the Great 1555-1605 was an accomplished fighter and it was following the invasion by the Burmese in 1767 that Nai Khanom Tom was offered freedom in 1774 providing he could defeat the Burmese fighting champions. The Siam fighter had been taken captive but rose to the occasion and not only beat them he defeated no less than 10 of the Burmese fighting champions and became a national hero and created tremendous pride in the Thai/Siam race and his fighting success was told in history and transferred to the creation of Thai Boxing as a national pastime and sport and inspired many of all ages to learn and perfect the art.
Muay Thai is in fact an adaptation of the Thai Military fighting art and still practiced today as a form of hand to hand combat. In early days there were few rules and no weight classes and fighters fought bare footed and the combat was brutal and fierce
The Ceremony is also steeped in the Buddhist religion and the initial ceremony prior to a fight which is still practiced today known as “Ram Muay” is a ceremony that protects the ring and its fighters from external influences and the fighters pay homage to the gods and pay respect to their parents, teachers, loved ones, country and most of all their gracious King. The ceremony is accompanied by a Traditional 4 piece Thai ensemble.
There has been some western influences over the past decades as boxing gloves, training techniques have been adopted and weight classes and the 3 minute round limits.
The toughness of the Muay Thai fighters has placed them high on the international fighting arena and many are respected martial artists internationally.
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