WHAT IS MUAY THAI AND IT’S ORIGINS?
Muay Thai a traditional combat sport of Thailand, similar to kickboxing in the west has evolved a lot over the years. The introduction of the sport can be traced back to as before as 18th century owing to Nai Khanomtom, a Siamese hand to hand fighting legend. Owing to his exploits in the Burmese-Siam War, he was largely respected and his techniques were therefore named as Muay Thai.
ADAPTING YOUR BODY:
Muay Thai requires a radical level of fitness regimen and the training camps focus on making their bodies adaptable to this style. Not everyone is the same, and this sport is not for the weak-hearted. The adaptability tests basically include running, body-weight exercises, shadowboxing, and abdominal training and so on. Fighters basically focus on perfecting their kicks since the methodology focuses on perfecting the same. Apart from perfecting the kicks, fighters also train themselves on traditional hand to hand combat involving rigorous amount of punches, knee clinches, and elbow locks and so on. It might similar to martial arts but it is so much more than that.
MUAY THAI MOVE LIST:
The most common kicks employed in Muay Thai are the foot jab and the roundhouse kick. The roundhouse requires an extreme level of accuracy; it involves kicking your opponent under the arms and his ribs rendering them useless for the time being. The striker can accordingly go for the kill and defeat him; such is the intensity of this move. Most common knee strikes include the jumping knee maneuver, the flying knee strike and the Khao Thon which is the straight knee strike. The clinching moves are harder to master and they are sort of like execution move rendering your opponent useless. It also serves as a favorable position for the attacker to execute the elbow moves.
Muay Thai is widely practiced not only in the home country, but it has spread worldwide and we also have tournaments wherein thousands of fighters congregate and battle it out for the prize. It is definitely a great sport and we have much to thank for to the country of origin in doing so.