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Muay Thai Boxing; the ‘Art of Eight Limbs’
Often referred to as ‘Thai boxing,’ Muay Thai is a highly effective martial art in which fighters rely on their elbows, fists and knees to immobilize their respective opponents. Within the last 30 years, Muay Thai has become increasingly popular worldwide, with several Muay Thai masters from Thailand dazzling audiences at international kickboxing tournaments.
This site provides interested readers with a wealth of information on this unique (and potentially deadly) martial art, which is also aptly referred to as the ‘art of eight limbs.’
Ancient Fighting Technique
The origins of Muay Thai go all the way back to the 16th century when it was first developed by followers of Thailand’s King Naresuan the Great (1555 to 1605). While it was initially conceived as a fighting technique for use in actual hand-to-hand combat, Muay Thai eventually became a spectator sport.
In 1687, French diplomat Simon de la Loubere visited the Kingdom of Siam (renamed ‘Thailand’ in 1939), where he reportedly witnessed a Muay Thai tournament featuring hundreds of skilled fighters.
Modern Spectator Sport
Today, Muay Thai is a popular spectator sport with millions of fans all over the world. In 1995, the Thai government instituted the World Muay Thai Council, which now serves as the sport’s main governing body.
On this site, fans of this remarkable discipline will find frequent updates on all the latest Muay Thai news, including upcoming Muay Thai tournaments in their area and other martial arts-related events.