What is muay thai?
"The Science of 8 Limbs"
Steeped in tradition, Muay Thai as a sport can be traced back to the early 1900's, but as an art and form of warfare can be traced back to the 18th century.
Perhaps the most famous story in Muay Thai is that of Nai Khanom Tom. Often referred to as the 'Father of Muay Thai' and celebrated in Thailand every year on the 17th of March, Nai Khanom Tom was a prisoner of the Burmese army, taken shortly after the fall of the Kingdom of Ayuthuya (Thailand).
It was in Burma, during a week long festival that Nai Khanom Tom was made to compete against a Burmese boxer, his reward - freedom.
After besting the Burmese Kings warriors, Nai Khanom Tom was granted his freedom, and his place in Muay Thai history.
Throughout history and since that momentous occasion, the sport of Muay Thai has evolved to what we see today. The sport of 8 Limbs shares many similarities to boxing, with a referee, judges, and two fighters, each of whom wear boxing gloves. Where the sport differs however, is its weapons. Muay Thai Fighters, in addition to their boxing, use kicks, knees and elbows to outscore and damage their opponent.
Whilst many do Muay Thai for fitness and self-defence, there are those who choose to one day test themselves and fight. Muay U has a team of Amateur and Professional fighters that compete in Australia and overseas.