Muay Thai is a martial art that originates from Thailand. It means "The Science of Eight Limbs". The eight limbs involve the two hands, two feet, two knees, and two elbows. The martial art of Muay Thai is renowned for hard style training and competitive hunger in Thai fighters.
Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand. Life in Thailand is closely related to Mua Thai Boxing. Children train from a very young age to become Muay Thai fighters in a country where education and future are bleak. one of the few avenues by which to escape poverty is through fighting. It is not uncommon to have more than 20 fights to a young Thai fighter’s name by the age of 16. The prize money that is received from fights is enough to feed their family for a week. For this reason, Thai Fighters are known for their strength, determination and resilience.
Muay Thai is also a focal point of major tourism in Thailand. There are many Muay Thai gyms that accommodate foreigners looking for a “genuine” Muay Thai experience. Most Muay Thai gyms have on camp accommodations and food, while others are a sports resort. The Fairtex resort is a five star resort that can compete with other hotels in the area. Fairtex is a popular brand and name renowned in the Muay Thai world.
In sports competition, Muay Thai has had major success in the UFC and K-1. Although the rules are different than traditional Muay Thai competitions, the hard training and technique translates well into the Mixed Martial Artist world. K-1 is a primarily kickboxing organization originating in Japan. Many Thai fighters have had success despite the absence of elbows and the famous Muay Thai clinch. Renowned Muay Thai fighter Buakaw Por Pramuk is a champion Muay Thai fighter who has been able to make the transition to K-1 as the World Max champion.