Muay Thai is well-known around the world today. Considered the national sport of Thailand, “Thai Boxing” is a martial art. Its origins are traced back to the Thai Army’s battlefield tactics. There were few rules in the beginning for Muay Thai. Those who participated in bouts were not required to separate by weight divisions, and there were no time limits.
At the beginning of the 20th century, those overseeing the martial art introduced boxing gloves, time limits and standardized rules. Now, the martial art is practiced by hundreds of thousands around the world. Fights can and do involve punching, as well as kicking. Those involved are allowed to use knees and head-butts to weaken their competitor.
The kickboxing community refers to Muay Thai as “King of the Ring.” Those who participate in the martial art gain a number of skills. The training that is involved for Muay Thai allows people to develop speed and cardio-vascular endurance. It is also found to help individuals become more powerful. In many cases, the martial art is not only beneficial, but also effective outside of traditional combat competitions. People who participate in military, self-defense, sporting and law enforcement practices often embrace Muay Thai.
To date, the ancient combat sport has become an integral element in Thai culture for over six centuries. Those in combat use the entire body as a weapon. Although those in the West are not learning the sport to protect their government and people, it remains a revered practice.