Muay Thai is a martial art that has origins in Thailand. It is often referred to as “the art of eight limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.
According to Wikipedia, The origins of Muay Thai are often debated. Some say that it originated in the mid-18th century as a form of close combat practiced by Siamese military personnel. The emphasis on hand-to-han combatd was due to the lack of traditional weapons during that time period. Others believe it to be an art and science, using techniques from both Muay Boran and other styles such as Krabi Krabong, Malaipet, and tomoi. Regardless of where the style came from or what is its true name (Muay Thai is just one variation), there’s no denying that this martial art has been around for centuries!
Today, Muay Thai is practiced by both men and women throughout the country. The sport is regulated by the Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand.
Muay Thai in the old times
In 1767, Thailand began a three-century-long Burmese occupation. The occupation led to a decline in Muay Thai practice with formalized rules and regulations, but with the end of the occupation in 1909, Muay Thai was revived and has continued to grow since then.
Young children in Thailand were taught Muay Thai when they were just kids. However, when the Burmese occupied Thailand the art was largely unappreciated and even banned during this time period because of its link with boxing, which had not always been an honorable profession.
Muay Thai in the modern era
Since 1909, when Thailand regained its independence from Burma, Muay Thai has grown in popularity all throughout the country. The Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand (AMTAT) was founded in 1955 and is responsible for regulating the sport to this day.
In 1993, Muay Thai was granted “national sport” status by the Thai Government. The World Muaythai Council is a global non-profit organization that promotes the practice of Muay Thai worldwide while working to standardize rules and regulations for amateur Muay Thai events.
Muay Thai today
The practice of Muay Thai is regulated by the Amateur Muay Thai Association of Thailand, and competitions are recognized all throughout the world. The World Muaythai Council has organized professional and amateur competitions not only in Thailand but also worldwide. In recent years, Muay Thai has been growing not only in Thailand but all over the world.
There are rules and regulations that govern both amateur and professional events today. These rules include weight classes, wearing gloves, and restricting the use of certain techniques. However, they vary slightly by location so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules with dojos near you.
The sport is particularly popular in Thailand where training centers dot the country side allowing visitors to get a feel for the art form. It is also popular with Westerners who have trained Muay Thai in Thailand.
Why Muay Thai is so popular today?
Muay Thai has become increasingly popular in recent years, and there are several reasons for this. First and foremost, Muay Thai is an incredibly effective form of self-defense. It also provides a great workout, and is a challenging and fun martial art to learn. Lastly, Muay Thai is growing in popularity all over the world, and there are now many excellent schools where you can learn this art.
I recommend checking out a dojo near you to learn more about this martial art!