Muay Thai is a major component in modern MMA training.
It is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.
Muay Thai is similar to other Indochinese kickboxing systems, namely pradal serey from Cambodia, tomoi from Malaysia,lethwei from Myanmar and muay Lao from Laos.
Descended from muay boran, muay thai is Thailand’s national sport.The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means “to bind together”.
Muay thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) as in boxing classes and classic western boxing training or “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing, boxing, and savate.
A practitioner of muay thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning “foreign boxer.
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