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History of Muay Thai & Art of Fighting


History Of Muay ThaiHistory of Muay Thai. Shin Do Kumaté is an Art that stems from the art of Muay Thai and traditional Martial Arts. This style of fighting/Martial Arts was formed and taught by Master Mehrdad in 1992 and later grew into an international pro and amateur fighting event that began in 2002. This style allows more Martial Art techniques thereby providing an arena for Martial Artists from other disciplines to enter into this fighting system. It requires tremendous skill, discipline, and years of training. Shin Do Kumaté matches are matched by Master Mehrdad and his keen ability to match fighters have earned him a great deal of respect in the industry.

History of Muay Thai – Where it originated?

Female Kickboxing Match, sanctioned by WSDKAMuay Thai originated over 1,000 years ago in Thailand and it is also known as Thai Boxing. This art of fighting 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 Western 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.

What is Muay Boran?

Master Mehrdad with Shahnaz Moayedi after Muay Thai Championship victory in 2010. Muay Boran means “Ancient Boxing” and Muay Thai comes from this ancient art, which means nine weapons and refers to the hands, legs, elbows, knees and head. This was the martial art used in battle when a warrior lost his weapon and had to resort to hand to hand combat. Muay Boran is a much more brutal and effective martial art than Muay Thai.

In the Ring - History Of Muay ThaiIn fact, Muay Thai only came about when rules were applied to Muay Boran and made into a sport because of the serious and sometimes fatal injuries that resulted during bouts. Muay Boran was also practiced as a spectator sport in addition to its use in battle. In its infancy, fighters were bare-fisted, and bouts were fought until one opponent was either knocked out or unable to continue.

Later, practitioners began wearing rope on their hands and forearms. Spirituality, always a part of Thai culture, was as much a part of Muay Boran as the fighting itself.

History of Muay Thai and Roots of the Sports

Girl Fight - History of Muay ThaiHistory of Muay Thai – Roots of the Sport. Many people believe that Muay Thai originated with the Thai people of Thailand; however the sport was invented in 2500 B.C. Its roots go all the way back to Ancient Persia then migrated to India and like most relative martial arts it was connected to religion the Asytera (Bhraman class), which had a major influence on its development. It started of as Pranjibara (which means thunder clasped hand) and was brought to Thailand by Brhamans.

Muay ThaiThe discipline of Muay Thai is as much spiritual as it is physical. That is why both opponents bow to one another and do the ceremonial dance. The movements practiced in Muay Thai resemble those of Kali and Veshnu. As well as the other Arahats whom strike yogic poses as well. Thai yoga has been around for 3,000 years. At that time, India and Thailand had a very strong connection of trade and influence of indigenous factors.

The Evolution of Muay Thai

T.V. Host and Kim Bright, founder of SweetWheat, presenting sponsor for Muay Thai ClassicEvolution of Muay Thai and History of Muay Thai. The art form is engrained within the traditions of Thai lifestyle and has passed from generation to generation. It has been a combat style and beloved sport for the Thai people. During his peaceful reign, King Tiger’s love for Muay Thai helped its popularity grow. The skill became a favorite pastime among soldiers and matches were even used to settle national issues. Natalie Yip and Master Mehrdad in the ring honoring each other. In Thailand, crowds from every walk of life, gathered to see the fights and make wagers. King Tiger’s Champions were so revered, that they were handsomely rewarded with prestigious military titles. However, the largest reward to any fighter was simply the honor of winning.

Master Mehrdad brings a lot of heat when he corners a fighter in the ring. Little has changed in the art form for almost six centuries. In the 1930s, Western boxing had become a popular sport and many Thai fighters had gained International success within its ranks. This success leads to increased popularity in Muay Thai and in order to compete with traditional boxing similar codes were sanctioned. Gloves were added as well as rounds and weight divisions. Steeped rich in tradition, today’s Muay Thai warriors continue to practice this century’s old, skillful fighting style. Once only a favorite pastime of Thailand, Muay Thai is quickly gaining a massive base of devoted fans and fighters from around the globe.

About Wai Khru Ram Muay

History of Muay Thai & CustomWai Khru Ram Muay (ceremonial dance) is an action of respect in Thai culture that is performed by participants in Muay Thai competitions. Wai is an action of Thais to show respect to others by putting the hands together like in prayer. Khru means teacher. Ram means dance in the old Thai traditional style. Muay means boxing. Usually Thais prefer to call it short Ram Muay or Wai Khru. Ram Muay is the way to show respect to the teachers and the trainers. Since in the past Muay Thai was usually fought in front of the king, Ram Muay was performed to apologize to the King for the brutality in fighting.

IKF Muay Thai ChampionshipThe fighter first enters the ring by jumping over the top rope. He begins to perform the Wai Khru. Circling the ring counter clockwise three times before kneeling and bowing three times as a sign of respect to God and man. He also bows to Buddha to ask for protection for himself and his opponent and for an honorable fight. The fighter then performs the Ram Muay. Whose simple movements demonstrate a fighter’s control and style.

Travelle Mason, Heavy Weight Muay Thai Fighter

When is Ram Muay Perform and What is it?

Each fighter performs the Ram Muay on each side of the ring to demonstrate his prowess to the audience. The Ram Muay is a personal ritual, ranging from the very complex to the very simple, and often contains clues about who trained the fighter and where the fighter is from.The ritual also incidentally is a most effective aid to limbering up, and marshalling the fighter’s concentration. When fighters participate in this ceremony, they enter a sacred space. Everything outside of that space shrivels in importance.Time takes on a different dimension. Emotions flow more freely. The bodies of participants become filled with the energy of life, and this energy reaches out and blesses the creation around them. All is made new, everything becomes sacred.

About Mong Kong

Shahnaz Moayedi in the ring, winning her Muay Thai fight at the age of 8.History of Muay Thai. Mong Kon (Head Gear) is worn by Muay Thai fighters. The Mong Kon was given after the trainer saw that the student had become an experienced fighter and learned a great deal of knowledge about Muay Thai. This headgear was never to be, in any way, close to the ground or else it would lose its worth. The Mong Kon is a sacred object which the Master has ceremoniously blessed for the fighter. It is supposed to bring good luck to the fighter.

Ancient warriors and fighters used to wear the Mong Kon before any bout of combat. Because they believed it would bring them good luck and help them win the fight. This is a very old tradition, but it is still practiced by serious Muay Thai fighters today. It is not unlike the traditional bow by martial arts students to their instructors and peers before stepping onto or off the mat, and also upon entering and leaving the dojo.

Kruang Ruang (arm bands) are customarily given to the fighter by his trainer for good luck and worn on the biceps during the fight. These arm bands are also known as Prajioud, and another term is Paprachiat which means Good Luck Charm. Many western schools use a color ranking system on the arm bands. Similar to the traditional martial art belts system, awarded to the fighter as he reaches certain levels of training.

About Pong Malai

Soudabah & Shahnaz have been fighting in Muay Thai since they were young girls. History of Muay Thai. Pong Malai (floral garlands / leis). Plenty of athletic competitions deck the victor with blooms. The Kentucky Derby winner’s blanket of roses, Olympic bouquets, and the old Greek poets’ laurels. But Muay Thai is the only sport we know of that gives competitors flowers before the match. And what flowers they are—bright garlands of orchids, carnations and marigolds called Pong Malai. Friends and fans present their favorite boxers with these leis before the fight starts.