Muay Thai – “The Art of Eight Limbs”
Muay Thai is a great way to learn the country’s culture while staying fit at the same time. SILK guests can enjoy private Muay Thai classes from the privacy of your villa, tailored to your needs, taught by one of our experienced Muay Thai trainers. If you are new or just want to know more about the Muay Thai, here are a few facts on the sport.
Muay Thai is called the “Art of Eight Limbs”
The reason behind the name is because a fighter has eight different ways of striking their opponent, this includes punches, kicks, elbow, and knees.
King Rama VI changed the sport
During the 20th century, fighters would commonly wrap their hands with hemp rope for their bouts rather than wear gloves, making the sport unsafe. However, the death of a Cambodian fighter forced the King to renew the rules by protecting the fighters.
Before a bout, Muay Thai fighters perform a Wai Kru Ram Muay
A Wai Kru Ram Muay is a special dance all Muay Thai fighters present in order to honor their teachers and their family. The dance is choreographed and taught by their trainer.
Thai boxers rely heavily on kicks utilizing the shin bone
Training that is specific to a Thai fighter includes training with coaches on Thai Pads, focus mitts, heavy bag, and sparring. The daily training includes many rounds (3–5 minute periods broken up by a short rest, often 1–2 minutes) of these various methods of practice.
The majority of fighters started training in their elementary school years
It is common for multiple-time Muay Thai World Champions to rack up to 300 fights or more. This is because they usually start training at around 7 – 9 years of age. Often times, Muay Thai becomes an avenue for young children such as these World Champions to add to their family’s income.
Muay Thai legend once fought two opponents in one bout…… and won both
The famous Saenchai fought against Petchboonchu between rounds 1-3 and came out victorious, then fought Sakeddaow Petchpayathai, winning by a unanimous decision.
(Photo credits Florian Ziegler, Flickr)