Muay Thai

Published: 12th September 2006
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Muay Thai or Thai Kickboxing is referred as "the science of eight limbs" from its strength in using two hands, two shins, two knees and two elbows. Some said "NawaArwut" or the Art of nine Limbs (include Head)

Muay Thai are straightforward martial art, use strength in beating opponent with versatile skills. It is the descendant from Muay Boran. Muay Boran (Ancient boxing) was created to use in war when the warrior lost their weapon. The art of Thai weapon fighting is called "Krabi Krabong". Most of Muay Boran's techniques didn't exist in modern Muay Thai. Muay Boran can fight in every formats. With the basic of Muay Boran that was created for fighting many opponent in war. Sometimes the warriors lost their weapon They have to fight the enemy with their bared hand. Therefore Muay Boran emphasizes a brutal and powerful elbow and knee techniques, in beating the opponent as quick as they can and prepare for the next opponent in the battlefield.

Muay Boran is divided to Muay ThaSao (North), Muay Korat (Esarn or NorthEast), Muay Lobburee (Center region), Muay Chaiya (South)

There are a phrase about Muay Thai Boran that "Punch Korat, Wit Lobburee, Posture Chaiya, Faster Thasao"

Muay Korat emphasizes in strength. There are one technique call "Throwing buffalo punch". It was call like this since it can defeat the buffalo in one blow.

Muay Lobburee emphasizes in clever movements. Its strength point is the straight and turned punch.

Muay Chaiya emphasizes in posture, defending. It's difficult for opponent to attack. Muay Chaiya stress in elbows and knees.

Muay Thasao emphasizes in speed. Muay Thasao stress in speeding kick. Cause of their faster speed, this Muay Boran was call "Ling Lom" (windy monkey or Loris)

Muay Thai in present is different from the past. Muay Thai Boran (Old Muay Thai) use the wit in fighting. It's not like Muay Thai today that emphasizes in strength.

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