The Combat Sport and Muay Thai
A popular sport in Thailand, Muay Thai is a combat sport like boxing which involves players standing in rings attempting to strike one another with various clinching techniques. It is called “The Art of Eight Limbs” because it involves a combined effort of fists, shins, knees and limbs.
• There are various techniques involved in this combat sport. Some of these techniques include punching, elbowing, kneeing, kicks, foot thrust and clinch and neck wrestling. There are also many defensive techniques that are needed to play this sport.
• The fighters have to be very physically fit to be able to play this sport. Training is a key aspect of this sport. Simple and easy to learn, it is also a highly effective method of self defense.
• In Muay Thai, the players generally wear shorts, gloves and t-shirts. Besides practicing the sport, a lot of time is spent by these players at the gym. Professional fighters have a rigorous training at the gym. Anaerobic and Aerobic workouts help keep the body fit.
• Players work out using gym equipment which helps them build their stamina, cardiovascular strength and dexterity to play this sport. Besides professional players, Muay Thai is popular with people just looking to get a good exercise at the gym as it burns around 1000 calories an hour.
• Muay Thai is an essential part of the world of Mixed Martial Arts and has a huge international following.
• Muay Thai is a physical and also a mental discipline that has been traditionally a sport in Thailand since the middle of the 18th century. It helps keep the mind, spirit and body healthy.
Muay Thai has become increasingly popular around the world in the 21st century. It is an ideal sport for people interested in martial arts around the world.