Thai Martial Arts – The Thai Ways to Defend Yourself!

A country that is renowned for diversity and warm-hearted and welcoming population, is also famous for its martial arts. Read on to know about 4 of the commonly practised martial arts of Thailand

Muay Boran

Muay Boran is known as the mother of all Thai martial art and it is being practised by the Thais since the ancient times. This close quarter combat style has its own set of punches blocks and kicks. What makes this fighting style unique is that this is considered as the nine limb sport instead of eight limbs that are used in Muay Thai. The ninth limb mentioned in this sport is the use of one’s head to attack and defend during combat.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is known as one of the fiercest combat sports that was originated in Thailand. A Muay Thai martial artist tactically uses his fists, elbows, knees, shins during combat which makes him more efficient in both attack and defence. Muay Thai today is being practised by martial artists from all over the world as a popular sport, a form of defence and a recreational activity.

Silat Pattani

Silat Pattani is a form of the martial art, which originated in the Pattani Kingdom which is now known as Thailand. This is predominantly practised in southern Thailand. Silat is similar to the Chinese martial art of Wushu and it mainly relies on stances, meta-movements and footwork. This popular martial art is very famous in the city of Chiang Mai and visiting a martial art school is certainly one of the top things to do in Chiang Mai.


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Krabi Krabong

This is a weapon based martial art that was practised by the emperor’s bodyguards during the ancient times. Speaking of the main weapons, Karbi means Thai Sabre and Krabong means staff and these are the predominantly used weapons in this Martial art. Most of the martial arts schools in Chiang Mai teach Krabi Krabong and you can see and practice it during your stay at resorts like Anantara Chiang Mai Resort.

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