Why Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a martial art known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” from the use of hands, elbows, knees and kicks. It has been a part of Thai history and heritage for many centuries. Originally developed for use on the battlefield, it quickly became a favorite form of entertainment during peacetime, as fighters from different villages challenged each other. From the sport’s earliest times, Thai boxers emphasized a total commitment of mind, body and soul. This indomitable will to win is still evident in the stadiums of Thailand today.


Muay Thai became a ring sport as unified rules were adopted in the early 20th century. Boxing gloves replaced the rope bindings on the fighters’ hands, and the first stadiums were built. In recent years Muay Thai has swept across the world. It is recognized as the most effective and entertaining striking art in the ring, as well as being a highly effective form of self-defense and fitness.


Unlike many martial arts the incidence of injuries is very low in Muay Thai as there is so much focus on relaxing and using correct technique and learning how to use the body to generate power without excessive effort. Also, the family atmosphere, camaraderie and inherent respect in a Muay Thai gym make it a safe yet challenging martial art for everyone.


An average class has been shown to burn over 1000 calories while developing functional strength, balance, flexibility and agility – making Muay Thai an amazing form of exercise as well as a practical martial art. You can expect lots of sweat and lots of fun!

Wai Khru/Ram Muay


Wai Khru / Ram Muay is a ceremony performed by Muay Thai fighters before each and every competition in the ring. It is a dance ritual used to show respect to their teachers, parents and everything they hold sacred as well as a method of praying for victory and safety.


Wai Khru Ram Muay is an ancient ritual passed down from generation to generation. During ancient times, Siamese soldiers would perform this ceremony before going to war using their weapon of choice as a way to gather courage and healthy spirit.


Nowadays, it is performed in the ring of traditional Muay Thai bouts. Each individual camp possesses their own Wai Khru / Ram Muay.


The Mongkhon is an essential possession of every true Nak Muay (Thai Boxer). The Mongkhon is basically a round band worn around the head of the boxer to bring good luck, success and prosperity to him/her. Another tradition descended from ancient times; the Mongkhon originates from Siamese soldiers tying lucky bandanas around their heads before going into battle.


Long Ago, legend has it, some Khru (teachers) would use a live snake- preferably a poisonous one- to enhance the miraculous power of this custom. Supposedly, the snake would be forced to open it’s mouth and it’s tail would be rammed down it’s own throat, killing it and forming it into a circle. It would then be left to dry in the sun for seven days. Hemp-like material was woven around the dried-out snake to complete the Mongkhon.


The Khanomtom Muay Thai camp embraces and holds sacred the tradition of the Mongkhon. Never can it be purchased or borrowed. It can only be earned through dedicated practice, kinship and respect. Any Mongkhon brought in by any outside parties has absolutely no significance to a Khanomtom student or fighter. Every fighter from the camp uses only the provided Mongkhon for the camp. Once a Khanomtom Instructor is promoted and induced, he/she is awarded their own Mongkhon to serve as an heirloom to pass down to the next generation of Nak Muay.


The Mongkhon is placed on the head of the fighter by the teacher before each fight in the ring. It is removed after the Wai Khru / Ram Muay by the teacher as a small prayer is shared between fighter and teacher before the fight.


The Prajiat, much like the Mongkhon, is another essential element in Muay Thai culture. The Prajiat is a small band worn around the biceps of the fighter to increase confidence, avoid danger, injury or fatality. The Prajiat is kept on the fighter throughout the fight.


Traditionally, the Prajiat was composed of fabric from a dress and/or strands of hair belonging to the mother of the boxer.


These traditional customs of Muay Thai are taken into serious account by all authentic camps. Where some camps may see them as cultural byproducts of the art, others believe that spirits have blessed these items and by wearing the Mongkhon, the Prajiat and performing the Wai Khru / Ram Muay, it empowers them almost to the point of invicibility. Although these beliefs may seem untrue to most, embracing this optimism before each fight would certainly be beneficial.

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