Muay Thai

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Thailand
TIME OF ORIGIN: Pre 14th Century
PRACTISED: Over 600 years
FOUNDERS:

Founder Unknown

FOCUS: 

Striking, Clinch Fighting

ALSO KNOWN AS: Thai Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, Tharshanning, Art of Eight Limbs
PARENTHOOD:

Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong

DESCENDANTS:

Kickboxing

OLYMPIC SPORT: No

NOTABLE FEMALE PRATITIONERS

Julie Kitchen – England
Lucia Rijker – Netherlands
Cristiane Justino – Brazil
Miriam Nakamoto – United States
Tiffany Van Soest – United States
Iman Barlow – England
Valentino Shevchenko – Peru
Alena Holá – Czech Republic
Amanda Kelly – Scotland
Felice Herrig – United States
Gina Carano – United States

NOTABLE MALE PRATITIONERS

Tony Jaa – Thailand
Apidej Sit Hrun – Thailand
Samart Payakaroon – Thailand
Buakaw Banchamek – Thailand
Sakmongkol – Thailand
Changpuek Kiatsongrit – Thailand
Yodsanklai Fairtex – Thailand
Coban Lookchaomaesaitong – Thailand
Diesel Noi – Thailand
Alexey Ignashov – Belarussia
Dany Bill – France
Giorgio Petrosyan – Italy
Saenchai Sor Kingstar – Thailand
Kaoklai Kaennorsing – Thailand
Artem Levin – Russia
Simon Marcus – Canada
John Wayne Parr – Australia
Vladimír Moravčík – Slovakia
Tomáš Hron – Czech Republic
Stephen Wakeling – England
Joe Schilling – United States
Andrei Kulebin – Belarussia
Chaz Mulkey – United States
Romie Adanza – United States
Ky Hollenbeck – United States
Ilya Grad – Israel

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NATIONALITY: Thai
DATE OF BIRTH:
AGE: Over 600 years
BORN:

Kickboxing

RESIDENCE: Full-Contact
ALSO KNOWN AS: Thai Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, Tharshanning, Art of Eight Limbs
OCCUPATION:

Striking, Clinch Fighting

JOB TITLE:

Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong

RELATED FEMALE INDIVIDUALS

Julie Kitchen – England
Lucia Rijker – Netherlands
Cristiane Justino – Brazil
Miriam Nakamoto – United States
Tiffany Van Soest – United States
Iman Barlow – England
Valentino Shevchenko – Peru
Alena Holá – Czech Republic
Amanda Kelly – Scotland
Felice Herrig – United States
Gina Carano – United States

RELATED MALE INDIVIDUALS

Tony Jaa – Thailand
Apidej Sit Hrun – Thailand
Samart Payakaroon – Thailand
Buakaw Banchamek – Thailand
Sakmongkol – Thailand
Changpuek Kiatsongrit – Thailand
Yodsanklai Fairtex – Thailand
Coban Lookchaomaesaitong – Thailand
Diesel Noi – Thailand
Alexey Ignashov – Belarussia
Dany Bill – France
Giorgio Petrosyan – Italy
Saenchai Sor Kingstar – Thailand
Kaoklai Kaennorsing – Thailand
Artem Levin – Russia
Simon Marcus – Canada
John Wayne Parr – Australia
Vladimír Moravčík – Slovakia
Tomáš Hron – Czech Republic
Stephen Wakeling – England
Joe Schilling – United States
Andrei Kulebin – Belarussia
Chaz Mulkey – United States
Romie Adanza – United States
Ky Hollenbeck – United States
Ilya Grad – Israel

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COUNTRY: Thailand
LOCATION: Full-Contact
FOUNDED: Pre 14th Century
OPERATIONAL: Over 600 years
FOUNDERS:

Founder Unknown

ALSO KNOWN AS: Thai Boxing, Thai Kickboxing, Tharshanning, Art of Eight Limbs
SECTOR:

Striking, Clinch Fighting

DESCRIPTION:

Muay Boran, Krabi Krabong

WEBSITE:

ACOSSIATED INDIVIDUALS

Julie Kitchen – England
Lucia Rijker – Netherlands
Cristiane Justino – Brazil
Miriam Nakamoto – United States
Tiffany Van Soest – United States
Iman Barlow – England
Valentino Shevchenko – Peru
Alena Holá – Czech Republic
Amanda Kelly – Scotland
Felice Herrig – United States
Gina Carano – United States

ACOSSIATED ATHLETES

Tony Jaa – Thailand
Apidej Sit Hrun – Thailand
Samart Payakaroon – Thailand
Buakaw Banchamek – Thailand
Sakmongkol – Thailand
Changpuek Kiatsongrit – Thailand
Yodsanklai Fairtex – Thailand
Coban Lookchaomaesaitong – Thailand
Diesel Noi – Thailand
Alexey Ignashov – Belarussia
Dany Bill – France
Giorgio Petrosyan – Italy
Saenchai Sor Kingstar – Thailand
Kaoklai Kaennorsing – Thailand
Artem Levin – Russia
Simon Marcus – Canada
John Wayne Parr – Australia
Vladimír Moravčík – Slovakia
Tomáš Hron – Czech Republic
Stephen Wakeling – England
Joe Schilling – United States
Andrei Kulebin – Belarussia
Chaz Mulkey – United States
Romie Adanza – United States
Ky Hollenbeck – United States
Ilya Grad – Israel

Practices

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Muay Thai’s Philosophy is simple: The body, mind and heart all need to be trained. A good fighter only gets better if all three are in sync. One aspect cannot work without the other this means that physical conditioning can only be effective in a fight if the fighter has the dedication, concentration and discipline. Patience is important. A Muay Thai fighter is taught to move with speed, but he is also required to show common sense and intelligence. Muay Thai, like most forms of martial arts, teaches self respect as well as respect for others, parents, teachers and the community. A Muay Thai fighter is required to have a sense of Brotherhood, help others when the opportunity to do so arises and never resort to fighting unless there is no other option available.

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Rules / Rulesets

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The basic rules of Muay Thai are:

  • Fights can only last for five rounds; each round can only take 3 minutes. There is a two-minute rest period in between fights.
  • Boxers are required to wear gloves wearing no less than 172 grams. The gloves should be kneaded to change their original shape.
  • Fighters must wear trunks only and athletic groin protectors. There are no shoes, permitted but a fighter is allowed to wear ankle caps.
  • Fighters may wear a Mongkol (a sacred cord worn around the head) to perform the sacred pre-fight dance to honor their teachers, but they are required to remove this before the actual fight starts.
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Organisations & Historical Places

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Popular Culture

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Muay Thai has been featured in film, video games, television shows, and cartoons.

In Film the action most often happens in Thailand and depicts some kind of redemption journey that the hero has to go through. Muay Thai is often depicted as a way to better oneself or to find oneself. That is in keeping with the general philosophy of Muay Thai and probably the general philosophy of most martial arts. There are many films where Muay Thai is featured. Some of the most notable films include:

  • Duel of Fists, a 1971 film about a Hong Kong Engineer who goes to Thailand to find his long lost brother who is a Muay Thai boxer
  • Blood Sport, featuring Paco played by Paulo Tocha who is a Muay Thai fighter
  • Beautiful Boxer the true-life story of Parinya Charoenphol played by Asanee Suwan who learns Muay Thai to make his dream of becoming a Woman come true.
  • Only God Forgives is a film about a Bangkok cop and a gangster who settle their difference in a Muay Thai match.

In comic book action heroes there’s the Power Ranger’s Jungle Fury Wolf Ranger who practices Muay Thai and has a signature flying-knee strike.

In the gaming world Fatal Fury has a number of Muay Thai Fighters as does Tekken, King of Fighters and Mortal Kombat.

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Useful Links

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NEWS

Muay Thai Authority – One of the greatest sites for Muay Thai news

GUIDES

MartialArtSkills.com – Different Kinds of Training Bags in Muay Thai & Their Benefits

BLOGS

8limbs – Honest account by one of Muay Thai’s most prolific female writers Sylvie von Duuglas-Ittu
Muay Thai on the Brain – “Musings of a Muay Thai fanatic” from Melissa Ray
MuayTash – Down to earth interviews and experiences from Natasha Sky
Under The Ropes – Great female Muay Thai blog from Emma Thomas

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References

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  1. http://www.tigermuaythai.com
  2. http://www.muaythai-fighting.com
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