8 Amazing Muay Thai Facts! – Brief Martial Arts

8 Facts About Muay Thai
These days Muay Thai is widely known as one of the most efficient striking martial arts
because of it’s use and popularity in MMA. Yet sometimes we forget the deep heritage
and traditions that it comes from and some of the reasons it exists. Here are eight essential facts about Muay
Thai that make it such an amazing and unique martial art. Fact I
Although Muay Thai litery means Thay Boxing, it is also 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 boxing, and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat
sports, such as kickboxing and savate. Fact II
The Thai were on constant guard against attack from neighboring countries, including Burma
and Cambodia. Needing an efficient way to protect themselves,
Muay Thai became a primary part not only of the Thai culture but was also a mandatory
training part of the Thai military. Thus Muay Thai evolved in the midst of war
as the military continued to train soldiers for centuries in the art of Muay Thai refining
the skills, tactics, and techniques with the wars against the invaders. Fact III
Being partially a product of constant battles, Muay Thai uses the body to mimic the weapons
of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the
shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, the legs and
knees became the axe and staff, and the elbows to bring down opponents as with a heavy mace
or hammer. The desired end result was having the body
operating as one unit. Fact IV
Muay Thai, with it’s rich history and culture is full of honor, respect and dignity. Sometimes it is called “The Sport of Kings”
as the Thai monarchy has always played a prominent role in the development of the art and sport. Here the same values applied. One of the kings, wanting a fair fight, was
known as “The Tiger King,” who was infamous for disguising himself in a tiger mask while
competing in tournaments to hide his royal heritage since if the other Thai fighters
would have known it was their King, they would have bowed before him and pleaded not to fight
out of deep love and respect. But the King hid his identity to have fair
and hard fought match with each of his opponents, as a result being a great example of the values
of this martial art. Fact V
While in many Dojos and martial arts these days, a new practitioner can feel that he
deserves respect and full attention just because they paid the monthly fee, when young men
want to enter into a traditional Muay Thai gym in Thailand to become a fighters, they
must first pay respect to their teacher and give respect and honor to the gym where they
will train. There may also be a significant initiation
where the prospective student must spend time in meditation at a temple, or perform some
ritualistic tasks. Students are also usually expected to give
some form of gift or offering, such as white linen cloth, flowers or incense along side
a some small monetary offering. Fact VI
One of the oldest traditions of Muay Thai is a dance called “RAM MUAY”, which every
fighter performs before a fight. Before every fight the boxer “seals the
ring” by circling it three times, after which they perform the ritualistic dance,
showing respect to their opponents and opposing camps, as well as parents, teachers and whatever
religions they may believe in. Many boxers will also display their techniques
in this warm up giving the perfect opportunity for their opponents to study them. For some boxers the Ram Muay represents deep
spiritual beliefs while for others it’s the perfect warm up before a fight to get
the mind and body ready for competition. Fact VII
The Thai people are known for being superstitious and their belief of evil spirits and ghosts. Muay Thai is also influenced by this culture. Fighters have for centuries used special tattoos,
wards, amulets, and ceremonies to increase their good fortune and ward off bad luck and
evil spirits that might follow them into the ring. Some fighters will often go the temple, a
witchdoctor, or a high-ranking priest to have tattoo inscriptions in Thai language etched
into their skin. The powerful inscriptions are supposed to
provide special protection, grant strength, courage, long-life, or even sexual prowess. Fact IIX
Muay Thai fighters often begin training when they are 6 to 8 years-old. They will begin fighting between 8 to 10 years
of age and may have as many as 120-150 fights, which is 3 times as many as a very active
boxer, before they are 24 years old. The typical Muay Thai fighter in Thailand
trains many hours every day, yet most of them do it not because of a good life. Many fighters will fight every 3-4 weeks just
to be able to support their family. Unlike boxing in the West, regular Muay Thai
fighters in Thailand make very little money from each fight bringing home about $100 – $150
dollars every month which is barely enough to support one person, much less a family. Martial arts these days are influenced by
our fast pace and desire to receive more in less time and effort, but remembering the
traditions and cultures that these practices came from, we can also remember that it is
meant not only to create an efficient fighter, but also to improve our lives and our character
as a whole. Muay Thai is one great example of this.

31 thoughts on “8 Amazing Muay Thai Facts! – Brief Martial Arts

  1. There is a batman scene in a video game called batman return to arkam you should check it out its cool bruce wayne is using kote gaishi and shiho nage while being handcuffed

  2. another great video with my coffee. How about pre-world war II martial arts? I think you can do a great job at it.

  3. real fact, mauy thai, from khmer, Khmer is the master, Khmer word meaning € KRU. and before they fight, they dance, khmer word, say kun kru, or rom, and rom meaning dance in cambodia or Khmer, Thai just lie to another westerners

  4. …Consider the future in MMA, when a portion of the 60,000 or so( plus) fighters of high level MuayThai begin taking to MMA, particularly once they realise, as professional fighters, the type of money there is to be made in the sport….I, myself, anticipate this occurring in the future, despite the fact that I love Thai Boxing so much more than MMA, and have trained in the art of Muay Thai, and Muay Boran , for over 20 years….

  5. Let us not forget some men like Nai Khanom Tom who was captured by Burma and used Muay Thai to fight to get back to Ayutthaya.

  6. No Muay Thai as known today is not and was not a relevant answer to armed combat. Knees and kicks while they can be used are not a valid response to formations of projectile weapons (like firearms) or spears as was common during the time Muay Thai was developed. Unarmed fighting is designed for unarmed fighting, the lie that it isn't is common among charlatans trying to sell their nonsense to the people of today.

    limbs do not mimic weapons nor bodies mimic armour, the exact opposite is true. Weapons are designed with us in mind both our strengths and weaknesses. This comes back to the nonsense above.

  7. If you read Thai history their first kingdoms were set up by the Khmer people's therefore this fighting system originally Khmer Cambodian. As youbwill see carved into ankor watt

  8. Thai kickboxing has done wonders for me it is something that I've loved my whole life and 7 months ago I've dedicated a lot of time into practicing it and getting my diet squirt away self discipline honor respect are core values in Mauy Thai I become stronger physically spiruitly and mentally

  9. muay thai is NOT a martial art is a sport, traditional styles of muay thai that today combined and call muay boran is the martial art. Muay let rit is a self defence/ military system. Muay thai is just sport like boxing wrestling bjj and judo

  10. King Jayavaraman of the Khmer Empire taught the war art of Bokator to his army. Eventually when the Eastern Khmer lands were stolen by Thailand, the Thais called Bokator, Muay Boran, as, let's be real, Thailand has always stolen from the Khmer Empire and Cambodia. Muay Thai is the French-occupied sports variation of Muay Boran.

    Funny how these facts never get talked about.

  11. most professional thai boxers in tgailand get "money belts" and other gifts.

    the winner gets more obviously,except when the winner is a foreigner-i have seen this many times on channel7.

    foreigner wins,gets 2 pushbikes,some flowers and baht200p

    thai loser gets 2 pushbikes,some flowers and 2 or 3 money belts totaling 20 to 50 thousand baht.

  12. Muya thai,muya boran and muay lert rit is a triangle, also mt is combat sport,muay boran is thr martial art anc musy lert rit is a modern self defence/military system

  13. I have a fact to add. Nai Khanom Tom, the father of Muay Thai was Cambodian.
    'Nai' is the Burmese word for a respected male (နိုင်). Khanom means dessert in Thai (ขนม), but in Khmer it means 'temple-servant' (ខ្ញុំ។). Tom means boiled in Thai (ต้ม) and is descended from the Mon word 'tom'. 'Thom' in Khmer, however, means 'great' (ធំ). As you can see, the name of Nai Khanom Thom could not have ever been a different language than Khmer, and his name would mean: 'great respected temple-servant'.

    It's not odd that he was Cambodian, as the Siamese would conquer Cambodian people, and then place them close to a Chedi, assign a head-monk, and assign a Rishi to the community. The Cambodians would be ordered to do agriculture for the royal court, and they would also serve in the armies. The most recent example are the Sa' och people, who were transported to Kanchanaburi province in the 19th century, and are now known as 'Chung'. Their descendants still live there, but they largely lost their Cambodian language and indigenous practices, and they are now culturally integrated into Thai society.

    According to ancient Khmer inscriptions of the tenth century, the Cambodians from a country called Gamryan (Kamrieng, Western-Cambodia) were part of a group called "Varna Mustti Yuddha". These fighters were the best of Cambodia, and they popularized this ancient fighting style, which was an Indian fighting art which was converted into an indigenous fighting art with weapons and without weapons. These fighters were highly respected, and there are inscriptions telling of fighters winning big plots of land in the ancient city of Angkor. This fighting style was popularized and adopted by the rest of the Cambodian warriors, and this art is depicted on multiple carvings of the walls of temples in Angkor.

    Every 17th of march, the Cambodians can be proud that the people of Thailand honor a Cambodian soldier, who defeated 10 of the best Mon fighers of Myanmar.

    I know that Thai people are very brainwashed into believing that everything that is termed as Thai, was in fact also invented by Thai people. In this case, however, there is no trace at all of a Thai fighter being released from Myanmar. The Thai people tried to make up a story of some guy who went back to his home province in Thailand, but there is no proof at all that this happened. It would be also weird for Myanmar to release a fighter to join the armies that were against Myanmar. It also doesn't make any sense to uplift a Thai warrior and make him legendary. This would be a great shame to the Burmese.

    There is, however, evidence that a Cambodian was released from captivity in Myanmar. In the Royal Chronicles of Cambodia, there is a passage that mentions that a Khmer was released from Myanmar in 1702 AD, and he returned to Angkor and created a following by claiming that he was destined to become their leader.

    I know who is this Cambodian warrior, but the Thais have tried to erase this part of the story of Nai Khanom Tom. Fortunately, I have found all this evidence and much more, but I will keep it to myself until I have finished completely. I'm going to publish it in my book concerning the history of Muay Thai. What happened next with Nai Khanom Thom? Well, I can tell you this. He became known in Cambodia as Neay Kan. Sounds familliar? Neay Kan(om Tom). You will be amazed what this warrior did next when he came to Cambodia..

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