Muay Thai or Thai Boxing
For hundreds of years, Muay Thai has been a part of Thia history and culture. People were practising Thai boxing as self-defence in the past. To put it another way, Thai boxing was initially a combat sport used by Thai warriors on battlefields.
Nowadays, Muay Thai, which means Thai boxing, is a full-body martial art. In this international sport, an athlete uses her two knees, elbows, shins and fists, knows as the art of eight limbs. In compression with the western boxing, Thai boxing is aggressive. The sport has been very popular among Thais and martial art lovers worldwide for years. Indeed, the martial art has drawn Thai kids since childhood.
Muay Thai, with its root in the military, was also literally known as “nine weapons” in the past. As warriors could fight in battles with their head, feet, knees, fists and elbows if they had no guns, swords or knives. currently, there is no free chair.
In the late 20th to 21st century, Thai boxing became popular globally. At present, the International Federation of Muaythai Associations (IFMA), consisting of 130 countries around the globe, is the only association that governs amateur and professional Muay Thai.
Muay Thai and Kickboxing
In comparison with Kickboxing, Thai boxing has different fight postures and positions that include specific movements, not allowed in kickboxing such as low kicks, knees and elbows. In contrast to some martial arts, there is no poking at eyes, sticking out tongues, bitting, pulling hair, spitting and head-butt.
Mongkhon in Thai Boxing
Nowadays, mongkhon is a kind of headgear that fighters wear in the ring before a match begins. Indeed, for the combatants and warriors in the past, it was a piece of their loved one’s cloth, in particular, their mother’s sarong as a sign of harmful spirit and good luck in a battle.
Muay Thai Stadiums in Bangkok
There are two famous arenas in the city: Lumpini Boxing Stadium and Rajadamnern Boxing Stadium. Both arenas opened decades ago in 1956, 1945 respectively. On Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, fights start from 6 pm in Lumpini Thai boxing. On the other hands, in Rajadamnern arena, fights start from 6:30 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
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