18 Facts About Muay Thai


Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as Thai boxing, is a combat sport that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.

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Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the late 20th to 21st century, when Westernised practitioners from Thailand began competing in kickboxing and mixed-rules matches as well as matches under muay Thai rules around the world.

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Muay Thai is related to other martial art styles such as musti-yuddha, Adimurai, muay Chaiya, muay boran, muay Lao, lethwei, pradal serey and tomoi.

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Muay Thai progressed greatly during the reign of Rama V as a direct result of the king's personal interest in the sport.

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Muay Thai was at the height of its popularity in the 1980s and 1990s.

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In 1995, the World Muay Thai Federation was founded by the merger of two existing organisations, and established in Bangkok, becoming the federation governing international muay Thai.

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In 2014, muay Thai was included in the International World Games Association and was represented in the official programme of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland.

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In January 2015, muay Thai was granted the patronage of the International University Sports Federation and, from 16 to 23 March 2015, the first University World Muaythai Cup was held in Bangkok.

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Formal muay Thai techniques are divided into two groups: mae mai, or "major techniques", and luk mai, or "minor techniques".

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Muay Thai is often a fighting art of attrition, where opponents exchange blows with one another.

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Punch techniques in muay Thai were originally quite limited, being crosses and a long circular strike made with a straight arm and landing with the heel of the palm.

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Two most common kicks in muay Thai are known as the thip and the te chiang, or roundhouse kick.

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Muay Thai boxers are trained to always connect with the shin.

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Muay Thai is a combat sport that utilises eight different parts of the body so injuries are quite common in all levels of muay Thai.

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Gambling on muay Thai boxing is estimated to worth about 40 billion baht a year.

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Muay Thai agreed and fought one after the other with no rest periods.

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Muay Thai's last opponent was a great kickboxing teacher from Rakhine State whom Nai Khanomtom defeated with kicks.

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Training specific to a Muay Thai fighter includes training with coaches on Muay Thai pads, focus mitts, heavy bag, and sparring.

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