Thai Kick Boxing or Muay Thai “The art of eight limbs” When you break it all down, that’s perhaps what makes this Thailand national sport so effective in combat. You see, it doesn’t just focus on punches; nor does it simply focus on shin-connecting kicks. Rather, elbows, knees, and more are combined with the aforementioned with one idea in mind.
MUAY THAI considered by many the most exciting and dynamic ring sport around, incorporates the use of all 8 “weapons” of the human body: the fists, knees, elbows and feet.
There are 5 judges sitting in for each fight in order to score both offensive and defensive point decisions. Bouts are divided into 4 rounds with 2 minutes per round/ 2-minute between rounds. Safety is the most important aspect of MUATHAI, therefore boxers must wear protective equipment, consisting of head guard, mouth guard, chest guard, elbow guard, gloves, hand wraps, groin guard and shin guards. Every boxer must have a boxer’s book and a medical check up before and after every fight. The weight-in for each boxer must be done before a fight and there are 14 strict weight divisions.
Referees in MUAYTHAI have to meet strict criteria and undergo yearly retesting.
MUAY THAI has brought athletes together from around the world regardless of race, culture or religion for friendly international contests. Friendship plays a big part in our sport, especially taking physical aspects in consideration; this is why it is part of our rules that boxers “Wai” and shake hands with opponents, opposite corner, and referees all departing as friends.
MUAY THAI includes many aspects yet sands as a singular sport with a proud tradition and heritage, a long lasting culture, with people practicing the sport for fitness, health, self confidence, and an over-all way of life!