HSF sessions incorporate a lot of Muay Thai boxing techniques, which is intimidating to a lot of people, as they think that boxing is exclusive to very fit and strong people. While a lot of fit, strong fitness enthusiasts do practice Muay Thai, the sport is not as limiting as it might appear. So what exactly is Muay Thai boxing?
Not to be confused with a Mai Tai, Muay Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand. It’s a combat sport, quite similar to kickboxing. It evolved from the ancient sport called muay boran, which was an unarmed combat method. It’s said that muay boran was used by soldiers who had lost their weapons in battle. Later on, it became a sport where the fighters served as entertainment for the local spectators; and was progressively included in festivals and celebrations. Particularly those held at temples.
The name Muay comes from Sanskrit mavya (an ancient language, mainly used in religious texts), and means ‘to bind together’. It’s also referred to as ‘The Art of Eight Limbs’ or ‘The Science of Eight Limbs’. This is due to the sport’s use of punches, kicks, strikes and elbows on both the left and right sides of the body, which isolates eight points of contact.
The first ever formal boxing ring was built in 1921 at Suan Kularp, which prompted the introduction of referees as well. With the modernisation of the sport, it was here that it became more commonly known as Muay Thai as opposed to the name of ancient origins, muay boran. Over time, Muay Thai has effectively become a staple in competitive stand-up fighting, with many mixed martial arts fighters incorporating Muay Thai techniques into their fighting styles. The condition training for Muay Thai boxing involves practicing the eight point techniques including punching, kicking, striking and the use of elbows; either through sparring or with pads and bags. These techniques are practiced repeatedly to improve precision and speed; it sounds brutal but special Muay thai pads are used to ensure safety for both the trainer and the fighter as they absorb the impact of the contact.
So while Muay Thai boxing does conjure images of brute strength fighter-types, it’s origins are actually bound in community-bonding. And with a focus on precision and technique, it’s a sport everyone can safely have a go at.
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