Muay Thai
Muay Thai, the art of 8 limbs.

Muay Thai is a very old Martial Art.

Many forms of kickboxing have long been practiced in Southeast Asia. Based on Chinese and Indian Martial Arts, practitioners claim that these arts can be traced back to a thousand years.

In Thailand, Muay Thai evolved from the old Muay Boran, an unarmed combat art which would have been used by Siamese soldiers after losing their weapons in battle. Some believe that the ancient Siamese soldiers created Muay Boran from the weapon-based art, Krabi Krabong, but others contend that both Martial Arts were developed at the same time. Krabi Krabong nevertheless was an important influence on Muay Thai as witnessed in the movements in the Wai Khru.

Muay boran, and also Muay Thai, was initially known as Dhoi Muay or only Muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual wars, Muay Thai became a Martial Art in which the opponents battled in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These Muay Thai battles gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held inside temples. Eventually, the previously bare-fisted warriors started wearing lengths of hemp rope (as a type of glove) around their hands and forearms. These types of battles were called Muay Khat Chueak.

Muay Thai, like boxing and various types of kickboxing, is recognized as a very effective striking base within MMA, and is very commonly trained among MMA fighters. Fighters (many of whom have won several titles) such as Gina Carano, Jon Jones, Wanderlei Silva, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Alistair Overeem, Duane Ludwig, Jose Aldo, Anderson Silva, Amir Sadollah,  and Cristiane Santos employ a broad range of tactics taken from Muay Thai. Countless other mixed martial artists have trained in Muay Thai, and it is often taught at MMA, BJJ, and Wrestling gyms.

Many techniques associated with Muay Thai are often seen in MMA, such as knees, elbows, clinching, high/low leg kicks and punches.

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