Phuket is a well-known island off mainland Thailand and is regarded as one of the most exotic beach destinations in the East. Planning a beach holiday and still want to keep yourself active than just lie about on the beach ? Muay Thai Kickboxing is a great way to do so. Why not pick up a skill while on holiday? Most 5 Star Resorts in Phuket offer complimentary or paid Muay Thai Kickboxing lessons to its guests. One such noted place in the island is Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. If not, there are various Muay Thai camps spread across Phuket to get yourself familiarised with Thailand’s national sport.
The martial art sport is believed to have had it’s origins in the 15th-century wars with the Burmese. The sport has evolved over the years to minimise injuries and to make it safer, however, it is to date regarded as one of the fierce unarmed combats. The Muay Thai matches are a spectacular event for onlookers both local and international alike. The cheers and the grandeur of the beginning and end of the match are worth checking out if you don’t mind a bit of violence. The matches are accompanied by wild musical performances and ceremonial starts and ends as well as the respect paid to the coach by the participant is also a highlight event as when the participant enters the ring he performs a dance known as “Ram –Muay”. Each of the participants kneels down and bow three times as a mark of respect to their teachers.
Each fight is made up of five rounds each lasting three minutes. All parts of the body except the head is used to strike the opponent and the common blows consists of high kicks to the necks , elbow thrusts to the face and head among others.
Even if you don’t want to get involved in the sports when in Phuket it is worth being a spectator at one of these spectacular matches.
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