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!