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A great number of Martial Arts are known to have originated from Asia, and Muay Thai Kickboxing is no exception. While the region is known to be home to many different disciplines of physical combat,Muay Thai remains to be one of the Martial Arts that has vague origins compared to others such as Karate or Kung Fu.

The Origins of Muay Thai Kickboxing

Much of what had remained regarding the history of Muay Thai was lost when the massive army of Burma attacked Ayuddhaya in around the 1500s. Because Ayuddhaya then was the capital of Siam, much of the nation’s history was destroyed during these wars. All had not been in vain though, Muay Thai Kickboxing had been such a prevalent combat discipline in the region, writings of scholars of the time have stated enough about Muay Thai to preserve enough of it’s history, especially in texts of Thailand, Burma and Cambodia, as well as that of European scholars and in the chronicles of Changmais Lanna Kingdom.

Muay Thai Kickboxing as a Sport

There has been much argument over whether Muay Thai Kickboxing was a discipline that was meant for attack and defense or as a sport. Evidence that has been recovered from archeological studying has proven though that it was done as both. In the era of King Naresuan back in 1584, Muay Thai was used to come about decisions related to national issues.

Soldiers were trained in Muay Thai Kickboxing at this time, and even the King himself underwent such rigorous training. The battlefield skill that has been ingrained in such turned Muay Thai into a sport that had gone from its Chupasart origins of brawling into a formal school which one can learn from various teachers skilled in the art.

It had then become the nations favorite sport, and people from all walks of life went out to seek training for Muay Thai Kickboxing. Contests were held in every region and even betting was involved, as well as fights among winners which decided which village or region had the most skilled warrior in Muay Thai. Royalty enjoyed it so much that its matches have been turned into Royal Command fights, wherein the victors of each battle were rewarded with Royal Titles by the King himself.

The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya and Thai comes from the wordTai. 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 sport-oriented martial arts. A practitioner of Muay Thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang meaning foreign boxer.

Muay Thai Kickboxing Now

Even though Muay Thai Kickboxing has become quite a common practice when it comes to all disciplines of Martial Arts, it still holds as one that has the capabilities to battle out all other disciplines. There is also the exotic appeal that it has, having origins in a country that is rich in history and culture.

Many people who practice Mixed Martial Arts nowadays will undergo training in Muay Thai Kickboxing, as it delivers powerful attacks and efficient defensive strategies that can make opponents submit easily. From being a battle field sport, it has become a defensive discipline that is not only revered by the native region where it had come from, but from people from all over the world.

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