How To Train in Muay Thai – Ding Ding Ding! The bell rings starting the first round. For a moment all you hear is the gliding of swift footing on the ring floor, but within minutes the snap of a kick fills the room and the crowd is erupting with cheer…one fighter is face down on the mat knocked out cold. The Art of Muay Thai is rounded out by honor, brutality, technique and in some cases -fatality. It is truly the ultimate sport.
Muay Thai is known as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. Devastating leg kicks, plowing knees, sharp elbows and lightning fast punches is what gives this art form its name. To train in Muay Thai is unlike any sport popular today. Hours spent at the gym throwing hundreds of kicks and punching combinations accompanied by blood, sweat and the occasional tear will be shed. And this can be found within one training session.
The Idea Behind and How To Train in Muay Thai
The idea of Muay Thai has been around for centuries. Before the eighteenth century where the art form was used for fighting and had official rules, Muay Boran was used in combat by Siamese soldiers. In the nineteenth century, King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) gave Muay Boran official rules and a home in Thailand, and led the country with the help of it’s discipline. Rama V found ways to implement Muay Thai in many areas such as recreation, self-defense, exercise and for personal gain (1)
Muay Thai is as beautiful and spiritual as it is lethal and modern. Unlike the infamous MMA that saturates the market of fight sports today, Muay Thai fighters hold a high regard to their teachers, as well as respect and honor towards his opponent and the fight ring as he enters the ring. From the Mongkong around their heads stating what gym they are fighting from, the Kruang Ruang on their arms acting as a good luck charm and a talisman to ward off evil (2), their infamous Thai shorts, the Wai Khru Ram Muay music playing before the fight symbolizing their respect and honor to their trainer and their muscular, explosive bodies – everyone knows that when a Muay Thai fighter gets into the ring it’s going down!