Do you love martial arts or are you on the lookout for a new workout regime? If the answer is “yes”, then Muay Thai is a sport well worth learning! The great thing is, you could combine such an activity with a holiday to Phuket.
What is Muay Thai
First some background; known as the “art of eight limbs”, Muay Thai actually dates back to the 18th century and was used as a traditional form of martial arts. Today, it has become a combat sport with a huge following in Thailand with stadiums packed with locals cheering on contestants.
As with learning any new sport, getting the proper training and guidance is a must and should not be substituted by YouTube videos! Due to the sport’s popularity, some Phuket resort properties including the likes of Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas offer personal Muay Thai training in their own kickboxing ring.
The Eight Points of Contact
To master Muay Thai, you need to learn to utilise the eight points of contact; to do this you have to incorporate your fists, elbows, knees and feet. The more combinations you learn the better you become at offence and defence.
The Complete Fighter
While learning Muay Thai in Phuket will most probably not be done in the hopes of beginning a career in the sport, the more you master it the better you will appreciate it. To do this, you will also need to engage in body conditioning and strength training which provide a complete workout that you can hopefully continue back home too.
One of Thailand’s famous exports is the martial art of Muay Thai. In a very short amount of time, Muay Thai went from a fairly obscure style to one of the most notoriously lethal forms of combat.
Muay Thai is currently one of the most popular martial arts in the world and, when combined with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, results in the most common iteration of MMA (mixed martial arts). Although the world only heard about it recently, Muay Thai is part of Thailand’s heritage.
It is believed that this form of combat was born out of the conflict that took place in the 15th century with the Burmese. The most historically famous Thai boxer is ‘Nai Khanom Tom’ who supposedly defeated nine Burmese fighters in single-combat in a fight for his freedom.
Muay Thai boxing matches are a matter of national pride, and are definitely something you should experience on a visit to Thailand. If you’re staying at many of the boutique hotels in Phuket with examples such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort, there’s bound to be an event taking place nearby.
There are many places in Phuket to indulge in some quality Muay Thai tournaments, such as Patong Boxing Stadium. The most famous Muay Thai stadium in the nation however, will always be Lumpini Boxing Stadium.
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.
Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+