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The Noble Art of Muay Thai

Movies, comics and videos are enough to enchant every young children imagination. My desire from young age was to become a warrior and make a martial art part of my life. I growed up learning and training the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai (or Thai boxing at translate). As the time passed I came closer to this noble art, not only fighting inside the ring but learning the culture of Thailand, practicing the traditional side of the sport and teaching Muay Thai to other people.

Muay Thai is known as the art of "the art of eight limbs" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists (or Matt in Thai), elbows (or Sok), knees (or Ti Khao), shins (or Te). The punch techniques in muay Thai were originally quite limited being crosses and a long (or lazy) circular strike made with a straight (but not locked) arm and landing with the heel of the palm. The elbow can be used in several ways as a striking weapon: horizontal, diagonal-upwards, diagonal-downwards, uppercut, downward, backward-spinning and flying. The elbow strike is considered the most dangerous form of attack in the sport. The two most common kicks in muay Thai are known as the thip (literally "foot jab") and the te chiang (kicking upwards) or roundhouse kick. In Western boxing the two fighters are separated when they clinch, in Muay Thai, they are not. It is often in the clinch where knee and elbow techniques are used.

The history of Muay Thai can also be traced to the middle of the 18th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam, the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured in the year 1767. The Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom. Soon after winning the match, he was freed by his captors and allowed to return to Siam. He was acknowledged as a hero, and his fighting style became known as Siamese-Style boxing, later to be known as Muay Thai. This fighting style was soon to be recognized as a national sport.

Muay Boran, and therefore Muay Thai, was originally called by more generic names such as Toi Muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, 'muay' became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These 'muay' contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples.

Today, there are thousands gyms spread across the globe with millions of fighters chasing the dream of Nak Muay (translate boxer). Every day you have to be thankful for you health and never give up .

Personally, I’m obligated to this national art because it made me better and stronger person. My next goal is IFMA’s World Championship in Mexico as well the World University Championship in Pattaya as I will train and prepare to conquer the gold medal.

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