History of Thai Boxing
Thai Boxing, also commonly referred to as Muay Thai, is considered by some to be a derivation of a general indigenous martial art style native to southeast Asia. Alex Doss, President of the Tamil Sangam SDSU, claims that Muay Thai evolved from Adithada, an ancient Indian form of kickboxing which also uses the elbows and knees. Muay Thai was the first of these styles to be popularized outside of Southeast Asia.
Muay Thai began as Krabi Krabong, the Siamese military fighting style with a sword in one hand. Developing through time and natural evolution of the art, it gave birth to Muay Boran, ancient style Muay Thai. As battlefield warfare evolved into a more technological basis, hand to hand combat was no longer required within the military, and Muay Thai became a sporting martial art, kept alive in Thailand as a competitive sport, and for many, a way of life.
Traditionally in the past, Muay Thai was used as entertainment to kings. It is thought by some sources that gloves were made out of wrapped twine, tar, and broken pieces of glass to ensure a bloody event, however it is still a subject of debate. This legend is strongly accepted by hollywood film makers because it does make a much more dramatic impact on films about Muay Thai, but that does not mean it’s true. Don’t believe everything you see in movies.
Muay Thai has heavily influenced the development of kickboxing, however, unlike Muay Thai, many kickboxing competitions do not allow elbow strikes, knee strikes, and kicks below the waist. These rule changes have led some martial artists to consider kickboxing a ‘watered down’ version of Muay Thai.
Thai Boxing has become a staple in the skill arsenal of most every mixed martial artist in competition today for it’s very effective strikes with hands, legs, feet, elbows and knees. Many mixed martial artists specialize in this style and consider it the strongest part of their person gameplan.