Every once in a while a subject interests me in way that I like to blog about it. The art of Muay Thai or Thai Boxing to us in the West, dates back to the 19th century with the ascension of King Chulalongkorn to the throne in 1868.
Teachers in the art provided basics such as food and housing to students whilst training them in Muay Thai.
In the 20th century muay thai in thailand gained further momentum with the first boxing ring being built in 1921.
The basic techniques learnt in muay thai training include punching, elbow, kicking, knee, foot-thrust and clinch. Gloves and cotton coverlets over the feet and ankles are used for basic protection in the sport.
Muay Thai is a great sport to promote fitness and at a competitive level can promote a high level of toughness. It has been popularised by modern culture by actors such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and games such as Mortal Combat, Street Fighter, Tekken and Virtua Fighter.
The sport is open to anyone of any age and any level of fitness or martial art proficiency. Short Muay Thai courses are often taken as part of a holiday in camps in Phuket city. It is a unique experience and a great cultural experience.