Many experts can confirm that Muay Thai is one of the best martial arts in the world. This is very aggressive and intensive sport that helps people push their limits to the maximum.
Muay Thay (also known as Thai Boxing) is martial art and national sport of the beautiful country of Thailand. Muay Thai is also one of the oldest martial arts in the world although historians still have dilemmas when it comes to the exact date when this martial art appeared. The war between Thailand and Burma in the late 18th century destroyed many books and art dedicated to Muay Thai (most of them were kept in the capital Bangkok).
Origins of Muay Thai
Thai were a tribe that originally lived in China. Beginning from the 9th century certain groups of members of this tribe began populating the area of what is today known as northern Thailand. This migration lasted until 13th century. Some experts suggest that this is the time when Muay Thai originated as a form of self defense technique because of the constant clashes of Thai people with other tribes/nations of Indochina. Some say that Muay Thai originated in the 16th century when king Naresuan became prisoner of Burmese army. He was promised freedom is he beats the strongest man in Burma and thanks to a specific technique later called Muay Thai he was able to secure his freedom. Muay Thai is martial art that doesn’t use any kind of weapons – it relies on the fists, feet, knees and elbows. There is a variation of Muay Thai called Krabi krabong in which fighters can use weapons, but when someone says Muay Thai most people think about classic Muay Thai also known as Muay Thai Boran.
It is good to know that the rules of international and national federations are different but they all have strict rules that limit the techniques used in Muay Thai matches. European training gyms usually don’t practice techniques that allow hitting with elbows and wrestling.
Reasons to start with Muay Thai training
Muay Thai training can be practiced because of many reasons – physical fitness, competition, self-defense or as a martial art. Some fighters in Thailand earn a lot of money from this sport because people usually place large bets on this type of competition and they get fees from those bets. In some cases the betting is destroying the beauty of this sport and the king of Thailand is supporting Muay Thai students financially so they can focus on developing their athletic skills instead of worrying about money.
Where to practice Muay Thai?
Just like any other sport you can start training Muay Thai at home or in a gym. Those who want to learn real Muay Thai and have training sessions that is practiced in a traditional way should join a Muay Thai camp in Thailand.
Thailand is the home of more than 100 Muay Thai camps. Every bigger place has several Muay Thai camps. In the recent period a lot of foreigners are traveling to Thailand only because they want to practice Muay Thai training there. That’s why most of these camps have staff that speaks English and they are offering various programs that suit different categories of students.
Another advantage of Muay Thai training in a camp in Thailand is that this country is known for its natural beauties. You can easily find a camp that is located on some attractive location. This means that between your training sessions you can walk on sandy beaches, take a hike in rainforests and visit some beautiful historical attractions. All these things will help you restore your energy before you start with another Muay Thai training session.
Joining a Muay Thai camp in Thailand won’t cost you a much and the benefits that it brings cannot be paid with money.
Thomas, The expert of Muay Thai, Fighter. Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) is the martial arts from Thailand. More information about Thai Boxing visit Muay Thai website.