Muay Thai, also known as Thai boxing, is a martial art traditionally found in Thailand. Historically it was created so that a warrior can utilize his entire body as a weapon. The unique fighting style enables the warrior to use eight different parts of their body as a weapon, which is why Muay Thai is also referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs.”
The warrior uses his hands as a sword or dagger, his shins and forearms tighten as hard as a defensive armor, his elbow acts as a hammer upon his adversary, and his knees and legs slice through adversary effort like an ax. The body parts that are in a constant state of motion to test an opening are the knees and legs to topple the adversary to the ground.
Maintaining this ulterior focus throughout combat also means establishing enormous strength benefits for the warrior or any learning participant. By engaging in more Muay Thai performances provides the warrior with cardiovascular exercise, in addition to strengthening the lower body because of the various foot and legwork required in combat. Students find enormous stress relief while engaging in this timeless activity. The act of hitting something during combat or even the relief of tension from stress afterward are what many participants enjoy about the sport.
Recorded history of the sport indicates that Muay Thai originated as a way for early Siamese tribes to defend themselves as they fought off other tribes to survive as they migrated through Thailand. This art of combat empowered tribes as they developed different techniques and other forms of fighting, strengthening the use of their limbs. For centuries, the combative style was taught through generations and the evolution of using limbs during combat proved just as if not more effective as using machinery weapons.
Written by Andrea Lopez
Edited by Cathy Milne
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