Various forms of kickboxing have long been practiced throughout Southeast Asia. Muay Thai or Thai Boxing can be traced back several hundred years to its ancestor Muay Boran which was used by Siamese military fighters in battle. This form of unarmed combat utilized the hands, elbows, knees and shins and was hence referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs”. This effectively gave the practitioner the ability to debilitate opponents with any combination of the eight limbs.
Amazing Dive Sites
There are many activities & tours available on Koh Phangan including some of the best snorkelling & diving in Thailand. With well know diving sites like Sail Rock & Koh Tao only a short boat trip away there is something for everyone.
Angthong Marine Park
You can also make a day trip or Stay overnight at the Ang Thong National Marine Park Islands which was the original setting for the Book – The Beach by Alex Garland which was later made famous by the movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
There are many Island Tours available that can include elephant trekking, monkey and crocodile shows, snorkeling & visiting the major beaches, temples and waterfalls to name a few.
Evolution of Muay Thai
As time progressed the practice of Muay Thai was later kept up largely by Buddhist monks who were the keepers and teachers of all arts both practical and spiritual. As most Thai men lived as a monk at least once in their life they were exposed to the art and its popularity grew among the common people. As well as continuing to function as a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay Thai became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations held at temples.
Muay Thai gradually became a possible means of personal advancement as the nobility increasingly chose skillful practitioners of the art and invited them to come to live in the Royal palace. Their job was to teach muay to the staff of the royal household, soldiers, princes and the king’s personal guards.
The ascension of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) to the throne in 1868 ushered in a Golden Age not only for the whole country of Thailand but for Muay Thai as well. The king himself took a great personal interest in the art of Muay Thai. The country was at peace and muay functioned as a means of physical exercise, self-defense, recreation, and personal advancement. Specific rules were established for the sport and fighters began to wear modern gloves to ensure safety.
Evolution of Muay Thai
Today Muay Thai continues to be a popular part of Thai culture. It is recognized as the national sport and is proudly practiced thought the country.