Introduction to Thai Boxing - Muay Thai
The Thai boxing , or Muay Thai , is a combination multifactorial since it is a sport, a martial art, a form of science and an undeniable art form that was handed down between generations for over 2000 years. This discipline has its origins in ancient China but as soon as it arrived in Thailand it acquired its culture and style. The Muay Thai is a science that can be practiced by anyone who wants to be introduced in a world where courage and defiance are wonderful hosts. This art form has seen its ups and downs: in some periods it was considered a fundamental cultural value, in other periods it was in decline, everything depended on the king who ruled at that time. In ancient times the fighters of
thai boxing were the defenders of the people and the royal family, real soldiers. Over time, muay thai has gone beyond the borders of Thailand giving birth to countless other martial arts.
The Thai boxing is a martial art originally created to be practiced with bare hands. In ancient times the use of the head was also allowed together with the hands, feet, knees and elbows. This ancient discipline began to arouse interest during a sports competition in the reign of King Rama VI in 1921. In that year the king ordered Ptaya Nontisen Surentara Pakdi, army chief, to build a Thai boxing stadium inside the college. Suan Kulab where the muay thai matches on Saturday would take place .
At that time, fighters fought in boxing rings with their hands covered with ropes. The entrance ticket cost from 50 Satang up to 1 Baht (at that time with 25 Satang you could buy 8 rice dishes and a dessert).
These fights with the ropes in the hands lasted 11 rounds of 3 minutes each, there was only one referee but no judge to check the score. Only the first competition was held on the regular Suan Kulab college floor, after which a raised wooden ring suitable for competitions was erected . A few years later, even the Thai fighters were required to wear Thai boxing gloves in accordance with international practices; as well as the boxing rings met the required international standards.
Once all Thai men knew the art of Thai boxing and the true meaning of a fight, they knew perfectly what were the main techniques and secrets of muay thai , which were different from camp to camp, from teacher to teacher. This diversity is reflected in the difference that still exists in Ram Muay, which differs from region to region.
In a short time the popularity of Thai boxing also reached India. Whoever was in the dynastic line to become king had to learn and understand the Kanika which concerned the art of body movement; the Atihasa or the story of the ancient warriors and heroes; the Maya that is the art of boxing and finally the Munta, the art of magical prayers. From the name Mai Si Sok in ancient times up to Sukhothai, this art evolved into Pahuyuth ("multi-faced" combat) in the Ayutthaya period and the early Rattanasokin period. It became Muay Tai in the middle of the Rattanasokin period and finally Muay Thai when Siam changed its name to Thailand.
thai boxing have led to the disappearance of the secrets of this art with the death of the master who took them with him while waiting for a valid fighter to pass them on to.
"To become a true muay thai fighter , sincere courage is not enough. It is important to know how to approach pain and danger without fear. their fears. the thai boxing is an art that requires constant effort and training where it is very important not to overestimate their own abilities and therefore underestimate your opponent. a fighter too proud of himself who likes to test himself outside of the ring does not he is a real fighter, he is just a simple bully whose soul is full of rancor and anger. A real Thai boxing fighter
he would never use his knowledge with others even if provoked. A true Thai boxer must honor the art he practices and the master who taught it to him. However, to distinguish himself from other fighters, a true Thai boxer must first of all know himself: his weaknesses as much as his strengths. A man can drive an elephant three times as tall as he knows its weaknesses, he can ride it as he pleases. Keep that in mind. "
Master Kimseng Taveesith
Boss of camp Taveesith Thai boxing
master during the reign of Rama VI of master Ket Sriyapai
Introduction to Thai boxing
Traditional sarama music plays in the ring, a sense of respect pervades the fighter: a gratitude to those who helped him to train, to his family and to the esteemed teacher who allowed him to know the fundamentals of Thai boxing . All these thoughts are part of the art of muay thai and are summarized in the wai khruu, a ceremony of homage to one's master.
The Thai boxing is an integral part of Thai culture which played a very important role in Thailand's liberation in the year 1584 during the reign of King Naresuan the Great, and continued for well over 400 years up to the present day.
The Thai boxing is a quality encounter as obedience, knowledge, courage, endurance, patience, compassion, gratitude and honesty. If even one of these qualities is missing, using the term muay thai is an action against the true art of Thai boxing . In ancient times all these qualities were honored during a ritual initially called khuen khruu and later wai khruu or ceremony of homage to one's master. The khen khruu was a ceremony in which the student offered himself as a subordinate to the commands of his master, in order to show him his obedience and his courage to become a soldier of the king.
Anyone who did not love knowledge, did not listen to their teacher or was a coward, was not worthy of being a Thai boxing fighter and therefore a soldier of the king.
The Thai boxing differs from boxing known to us in Europe. International boxing focuses on strengthening the upper body and is essentially based on endurance while muay thai depends on a wide range of different factors. Thai boxing fighters are able to fight safely in different classes and categories.
The art of Thai boxing is a self defense technique for all Thai people. It is not an evolution but an intrinsic knowledge that has always existed in the soul and depth of a Thai, handed down from the teachers to the students who in turn became instructors for the new generations.
Many people don't consider Thai boxing as a sport because they think muay thai fighters are dishonest people. Anyone who practices Thai boxing outside of training or the ring is not a true Thai boxer. A fighter who has learned this art with respect and discipline, is able to control his emotions: "he is kind as a lamb but proud as a lion".
The study of muay thai includes training and discussion of different techniques , which must be learned in depth before being practiced. The ability of stamina and dedication in the study of Thai boxing is essential, testing your body to the limit and even beyond is necessary to know your soul. If your teacher trains you following these principles, you are well on your way to resisting fighting without feeling tired and becoming a champion.
The Thai boxing is a sport and a martial art, a strong and impetuous art that lives for more than 2000 years.
What is Thai boxing
The lexical definition of Thai boxing is "exchange of attacks": a form of fighting practiced by children and adults everywhere, man or woman, in Thailand. It is a showdown that uses various parts of the body or even the entire body as a weapon in a battle. Fighters can hit with punches, kicks, squeezes and heads: all this is considered an integral part of Thai boxing . The Muay Thai can be defined as a clash of natural weapons with which a man is naturally gifted. The Thai boxing is the national sport of Thailand since ancient times and has been an essential part of Thai culture has always been. When the term " Thai Boxing
"was mentioned, the ancestors knew (as today those who practice this discipline) what it meant, what was the essence of muay thai and its techniques.
The Thai boxing is martial una'arte and a self-defense method with different rules of the international boxing because in muay thai no body remains inactive. Physical strength as well as willpower are the necessary qualities that every fighter must possess. All Thai boxing fighters must be agile in single combat and without the use of weapons they must be able to fight fiercely. In ancient times, Thai boxers had to fight without the modern equipment that is expected today.
The fighters wrapped their hands with cotton ropes that were tied together with knots between the fingers. Then, to harden the surface of these "bands" they were sprinkled with glue and a very fine layer of shattered glass.
The use of glue and glass became unusual with the passage of time, but the cotton bandages remained and continued to be used even when the glue and glass ceased to be used.
They were in fact in use until 1929 when they were replaced with the first Thai boxing gloves created for international boxing. However, Thai boxers did not abandon their form of boxing which included the use of kicks and elbows during a match.
Natural weapons whose use was taught from generation to generation.