What is Muay Thai?
"Thai Boxing" or "Muay Thai", as the Thai people call it, is a traditional art of
Thai self-defense. It is different from international boxing and kickboxing; in that
feet, elbows, and knees are used as well as fists in the Thai style of unarmed
fighting. Thus, it more resembles a real fight, and therefore is considered
superior to all martial arts of self-defense. The original form of Muay Thai is a
highly sophisticated form of martial arts, born out of conflict and war, and based
on survival. The first trace of Muay Thai in history was in the year 1767: Nai
Khanom Dtom, while in captivity of the Burmese fought 10 consecutive matches
against Burmese boxers and defeated them all. He was highly commended by the
Burmese King for his bravery and skills. His extraordinary exploit is recorded in
school textbooks and is known to every Thai school students today.
|Muay Thai does not earn belt colors, typical of Karate and Tai Kwan Do.
Instead, Muay Thai practitioners test their skills in the ring. In 1930,
modern Muay Thai was born, leather gloves, rounds per bout and weight
classes became standard. In 1964, the Japanese adopted Muay Thai,
modified it and called it "Kickboxing". Today, Thai military, as well as the
U.S. Seal teams and members of the CIA, continue to use its effective
striking techniques. It is also the National Sport of Thailand.
Thai boxers have proven their superiority through international competition.
Japanese Karate, Chinese Kung Fu, and French Savate has never officially
succeeded fighting past two rounds with Thai fighters in Thailand. The first
thing Thai boxers learn is to ignore pain; no matter how much they hurt, they
don't show it. They concentrate on a few basic moves which are perfected to
such a degree that they become second nature. Conditioning is the other
key to Muay Thai; the more you train, the better you condition yourself. There
also has to be heart and faith in your own ability to win.
Muay Thai utilizes all of the body's natural weapons: feet, fists, elbows,
shins, and knees. Centuries of experience coupled with modern technology
and training methods have produced this extremely efficient martial art. The
use of safe training and proper guidelines has made Muay Thai an art that
anybody can practice. Muay Thai is geared to a person's limitations and
abilities. With the elimination of the abstract training that is found in Karate,
the practitioner can enjoy very fast progress by hands-on training through
the pads, bags, and controlled sparring.
In America, Muay Thai is quietly sweeping across the country. It is growing in strength and recognition
by its practitioners and competitors from many of the major martial art systems here. Many of them have
tried to imitate the skills and styles of Muay Thai. Unfortunately, only a few provide real Muay Thai
training, and Muay Thai Kickboxing Gym is one of them. If you think you have what it takes to be a Thai
fighter, or have the spirit for competition and the eyes on the prize, or just want to learn self-defense,
have self-confidence, discipline, weight control and physical fitness, then look no further: Muay Thai
Kickboxing Gym in North Hollywood is the one for you.