What is Muay Thai?
“Art of Eight Limbs”
Muay Thai (Thai: มวยไทย, RTGS: Muai Thai, IPA: [mūɛj tʰāj]) is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese styles, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia, lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from muay boran, Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport.
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya. Muay Thai is 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 martial arts sports, such as kickboxing, boxing, and savate. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning “foreign boxer.”
Books on Muay Thai:
Muay Thai Unleashed: Learn Technique and Strategy from Thailand’s Warrior Elite by Erich Krauss
Fighting Strategies Of Muay Thai: Secrets of Thailand’s Boxing Camps by Mark Van Schuyver and Pedro Solana
Muay Thai: Advanced Thai Kickboxing Techniques by Christoph Delp
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