Muay Thai Kickboxing: Thailand’s Martial Art of 8 Limbs
Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport and taken extremely seriously. Widely considered to be the world’s most dangerous martial art, Muay Thai kickboxing is a superb showcase of speed, strength and technical ability. The Thai boxers you see in the ring put on a real fights for you to see just how brutal and beautiful this sport is.
Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese kickboxing systems, namely Pradal Serey from Cambodia, Tomoi from Malaysia, Lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from Muay Boran, Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport.
The word “muay” derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means “to bind together”. Muay Thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing, boxing, and savate. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning “foreign boxer”.