Muay Thai - “The Art of Eight Limbs”
Muay Thai, directly translated to Thai Boxing, is a combat sport from Thailand. Using stand-up striking as well as clinching techniques, the fighters combine fists, elbows, knees and shins to bring their opponent down, this “eight points of contact” is where the nickname “The Art of Eight Limbs” comes from.
At Monarchy MMA we teach everything from the basics of Muay Thai, where you’ll learn how to strike and defend yourself in dangerous situations, to advanced levels where we’ll get you competition ready!
History of Muay Thai
Muay Thai’s popularity grew in the 20th century when Thai fighters started competing in Muay Thai and mixed discipline tournaments and fights across the” world, one of the main styles being kickboxing due to its similarity.
But the combat style dates back to the 18th Century, where it was used during the wars between the Burmese Dynasty and Siam.
And it was when a great warrior, Nai Khanomtom, was captured and became famous within the Burmese ranks due to his fighting style that he was given the opportunity to fight for his freedom. After knocking out ten opponents, he was freed and returned to Siam where he was hailed a hero, and his style was named Siamese-style Boxing, and later Muay Thai.
It was only in the 19th Century when King Rama V rose to the throne and brought peace and prosperity to Thailand that Muay Thai evolved from war combat to a form personal advancement and physical exercise taught across the country, and now the world.
Today there are thousands of gyms across the globe that teach Muay Thai.
Benefits of Muay Thai
Whether you’re training to get into the ring or octagon, or just trying to lose some weight, Muay Thai offers many benefits to all students.
- Cardio. It being both an aerobic and anaerobic sport, one of Muay Thai’s main benefits is cardio, and therefore good for your overall fitness levels, which in turn helps losing weight.
- Core. You’ll also get a much stronger core, improving your balance and overall body strength, especially your lower body.
- Stress. Muay Thai is a great way to relieve stress, hitting bags, or in more advanced situations, other people, definitely helps get that work stress under control.
- Discipline. As with many martial arts, you’ll learn discipline. Whether it’s from sticking to your routine or achieving your goals within your training, discipline plays a major role in Muay Thai.
- Fun. Not only will you get to have fun kicking and punching things, but you’ll meet other like-minded students at Monarchy MMA classes, and even though it might feel like punishment at time, you’ll still have a good laugh.