Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a kickboxing style martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching and punching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles of kickboxing, namely ‘Pradal Serey’ from Cambodia, ‘Tomoi’ from Malaysia, ‘Lethwei’ from Myanmar and ‘Muay Lao’ from Laos. Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport.

Muay ThaiThe word Muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the word Tai. 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 Western boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a ‘Nak Muay’. Western practitioners are sometimes called ‘Nak Muay Farang’ meaning foreign boxer.