What Is Muay Thai?
The history of Muay Thai can also be traced to the Burmese–Siamese War (1765–1767). Nai Khanomtom was captured and the Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom, he beat ten consecutive Burmese contenders. Being impressed he was freed by his and allowed to return to Siam. His fighting style became known as Siamese Boxing, which later evolved into Muay Thai and soon recognized as a national sport. Muay Thai, was originally called Toi muay or muay. Muay Thai is a fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. 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 other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate.