Muay Thai Boxing: An Ancient Sport

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Muay Thai boxing is a sport that has been around for thousands of years, and is still practiced today as a professional sport as well as a hobby. It is the national sport of Thailand, and is practiced by millions of Thai men. It is often compared to Thailand in the way that soccer is compared to Ecuador, or hockey to Canada.

If you've ever watched a match on television, you know that it is an extremely brutal sport. If you're interested in martial arts at all, it is important to become familiar with Muay Thai, since it is a very popular form. Here are some of the basics of the sport.

A Muay Thai match focuses as much on ceremony as it does on beating the spit out of the opponent. Before each match, the two fighters do their opening rituals, which usually reflect the training of their masters, or the schools at which they learned their fighting technique.

Since Muay Thai is often a deeply religious sport, some of the fighers will pray by themselves or with their coaches before getting started, in an effort to increase their ability. Next is the Wai Kru ritual, in which the fighters circle each other around the ring, which signifies sealing it off for the fight.
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Muay Thai focuses on 8 parts of the body that act as striking points. These are the hands, shins, elbows and knees. Most martial arts use fists and feet primarily, so this alone sets Muay Thai apart. You often see the fighters grapple immediately, locking their heads with each other. Then, they trade blows with their knees, striking each other in the stomach and chest. Sometimes they will trade blows for the entire match, leaving their chests bloody and tender, beaten to a pulp.

Besides keeping the entire Muay Thai world captivated with matches and tournaments, Muay boxing has also provided a good deal of entertainment for the western world.

 

Many matches are broadcasted on channels in the USA, and the movies Ong Bak and The Protector have brought about even more heightened interest in the sport, with the Muay Thai master Tony Jaa.

Like most martial arts, you can find training almost anywhere. But if you want to truly learn the sport and become the next great Muay Thai fighter, you might need to go to Thailand and find an authentic trainer to teach you the fine art!

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Muay Thai Boxing: An Ancient Sport

Muay Thai

Muay Thai boxing is a sport that has been around for thousands of years, and is still practiced today as a professional sport as well as a hobby. It is the national sport of Thailand, and is practiced by millions of Thai men. It is often compared to Thailand in the way that soccer is compared to Ecuador, or hockey to Canada.

 

If you've ever watched a match on television, you know that it is an extremely brutal sport. If you're interested in martial arts at all, it is important to become familiar with Muay Thai, since it is a very popular form. Here are some of the basics of the sport.

A Muay Thai match focuses as much on ceremony as it does on beating the spit out of the opponent. Before each match, the two fighters do their opening rituals, which usually reflect the training of their masters, or the schools at which they learned their fighting technique.

 

Since Muay Thai is often a deeply religious sport, some of the fighers will pray by themselves or with their coaches before getting started, in an effort to increase their ability. Next is the Wai Kru ritual, in which the fighters circle each other around the ring, which signifies sealing it off for the fight.
Muay Thai

Muay Thai focuses on 8 parts of the body that act as striking points. These are the hands, shins, elbows and knees. Most martial arts use fists and feet primarily, so this alone sets Muay Thai apart. You often see the fighters grapple immediately, locking their heads with each other. Then, they trade blows with their knees, striking each other in the stomach and chest. Sometimes they will trade blows for the entire match, leaving their chests bloody and tender, beaten to a pulp.

 

Besides keeping the entire Muay Thai world captivated with matches and tournaments, Muay boxing has also provided a good deal of entertainment for the western world.

 

Many matches are broadcasted on channels in the USA, and the movies Ong Bak and The Protector have brought about even more heightened interest in the sport, with the Muay Thai master Tony Jaa.

 

Like most martial arts, you can find training almost anywhere. But if you want to truly learn the sport and become the next great Muay Thai fighter, you might need to go to Thailand and find an authentic trainer to teach you the fine art!

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Mixed Martial Arts Training Gym

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With mixed martial arts gaining a lot of popularity, it didn't take long before mixed martial arts training gyms have sprouted around.

 

People may join to simply increase their fitness levels or train themselves to also participate in mixed martial arts competitions.

Since mixed martial arts are a combination of various fighting techniques, the trainers there will teach you the various disciplines. These may include kick boxing, boxing, judo, jujitsu and wrestling.

 

Members will be able to practice in a mixed martial arts octagon, utilize weights and cardio equipment as well as heavy and speed backs.
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Mixed martial arts gym offer different packages to choose from. For instance, you can sign up for the gym membership which allows you to use the facilities but you will not be able to join any of the classes. But if you pay a little more, this will entitle you to join the classes.

The class schedule is usually posted in the bulletin board. There is also a copy which you can bring home. While browsing around the web for a gym, you can also look at it since this is also featured in their website so you this into your schedule. If you are busy at work during the weekdays, don't worry because you can make up for it since many of them have classes on weekends.

Rates are usually billed on a monthly basis with no time obligation. This means you can cancel your membership any time you like or even freeze it for a short period of time if you will be out of town.

If you don't want to attend a class, see if there are private lessons being offered. This usually last a hour long and if you paid in advance for 10 sessions, you could get a discount.

 

But will you know if this is a good martial arts training gym? For that, you will have to do some research by ask hing those who are currently the members there or go online since there are websites that review such facilities. The important thing to consider is the ability of the trainer to help you reach your desired fitness level.

 

You will then set an appointment for a free introductory class so you can get a feel of what it is like to workout in a mixed martial arts training gym. If you have questions, don't hesitate to ask because part of the job of the trainer is to answer any issues you may have.

If you are still having a hard time looking for a mixed martial arts gym, why don't you go to a local MMA event and ask to fans and fighters themselves so you will know where they train. You can also ask people at work if any of them are members.

 

 

Watching a mixed martial arts competition on television could also help because some gyms are major sponsors. All you have to do is check if there is branch that is in your neighborhood.

 

You will be more self-confident about yourself when you decide to enroll in a mixed martial arts training gym because what they teach you will be very useful if someone tries to mug you. This is also the first step that everyone has to take if they also want to compete in this sport.

 

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Muay Thai – Thai Boxing and Children

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Known by many as Thai Boxing, Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand and is avidly watched and followed by much of the population of the country.

 

 

This form of 'hard martial art' is not only a sport but is considered to be a form of entertainment, and makes for a fun night out for many visitors to Thailand who have never seen a Muay Thai fight before.

What is Muay Thai?

Muay Thai is an ancient martial art that has its origins hundreds of years ago. Throughout the centuries the sport has changed and evolved somewhat; different forms of the sport have developed over the years from the origins of Muay Boran (ancient boxing) into the form of Thai boxing that we see today.

As well as being a sport, Thai boxing has been a form of warfare as well. Armies were trained in the art of Muay Thai in order to protect kings, and with a history like this you can easily see how it has become such a highly regarded sport in Thailand!

How does Muay Thai differ from Western boxing?

Nowadays boxers do not use their bare hands as they used to, but have gloves very similar to those used in Western boxing. Obviously punching is utilized, though the gloves and the punching are where the similarities between these two types of boxing end!

 

Muay Thai is often referred to as 'The Art of Eight Limbs' because eight parts of the body are used by Muay Thai boxers – both hands, elbows, knees and shins are all used. This contrasts to Western boxing where there are just two limbs, or two points of contact – the fists.

 

For each point of contact there are many different moves that the Thai boxer can use, making this an interesting and quite technical sport, and one that is often learnt from an early age. Children regularly compete for titles and while it is often the children who draw the larger crowds, some Western visitors may find that watching such young children fighting goes against their values and beliefs.

Child Muay Thai Boxers

There's no doubt that watching an evening of Muay Thai is great entertainment and if there's a competition on while you're visiting Thailand you should try to get along and watch a couple of rounds at least, after all, this is the country's national sport!

Despite the entertainment value some tourists may find it just a little too controversial when young children, including girls, take to the ring and start punching and kicking each other! This isn't something you would expect to see in the Western world after all, and can leave some tourists a little shocked. Why would their parents push them into a dangerous sport at such a young age? Are they being exploited so that parents and trainers can make money out of them?

These are the kind of questions that run through many visitors' minds, but there are both pros and cons to children competing in Muay Thai.
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Arguments in favor of children competing in Muay Thai

Though it may be controversial, there are actually many advantages to children competing in Muay Thai. Here are just a few…

Although Thailand is an emerging economy there are still many people here who struggle to make ends meet, working long hours for little money. By starting training at a young age and becoming successful, children can win competitions that can help pay for their upbringing, providing food, clothes, books and more which might otherwise be difficult to obtain.

Education is compulsory up to and including Grade 9 so young children should not be missing any school to train and fight, however, if they become successful at the sport they can continue competing into their teens and adulthood, providing them with a reasonable income.

Child boxers train extensively for their matches. Rarely do injuries occur when the children are so well trained in defense and agility.

With all the training they do, child boxers are kept very fit and healthy, probably much more so than other Thai children.

 

Arguments against children competing in Muay Thai


The advantages sound good, but opponents will argue that there are many disadvantages too, such as that the children are being exploited by greedy parents; it is dangerous; they should be enjoying their childhood etc etc, and while these are valid points they don't necessarily apply to all child Thai boxers.

Some children may be being exploited, but others are merely being encouraged because a parent or a trainer could see the potential in them. It might be wrong to encourage competition at such a young age, but this isn't unique to Thailand – the beauty pageants for young girls in North America that are very popular with some, could be argued as exploitation by others, so is Thai boxing really all that different?

Make up your own mind by going along to one of the Muay Thai evenings the next time you're in Fort Worth, Texas!

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