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Muay Thai: an effective means of self-defense and a great way to lose weight

Updated: Jun 25, 2022

The topic of this article is the ancient martial art that will help you "get rid of fat". Nowadays, quite a few people are obese and are looking for all sorts of ways to lose weight healthily and effectively. In this article, we will try to show you a fun way to improve your self-defense and weight loss abilities. We will also look at the history of Muay Thai and answer the following questions: What is Muay Thai? What is "My Buran"? How many calories are burned during a Muay Thai workout? How to improve physical fitness in Muay Thai? What do Muay Thai fights look like? What protective equipment is recommended in Muay Thai? What home fitness equipment is recommended for Muay Thai? What household fitness equipment is required to develop cardiopulmonary endurance in Muay Thai training? What does a Muay Thai trainer outfit include?

 

What is Muay Thai?

The goal of the creators of the style was to use the whole body of a warrior as a weapon. When arms and legs were supposed to imitate sword and dagger; The shins and forearms have been reinforced to provide protection against impacts; Elbows and knees were to be the hammers of the warriors.
Muay Thai ring, knee kick in the face

Thai boxing or Muay Thai - An ancient Thai martial art. Historians, according to ancient drawings and paintings, believe that Muay Thai appeared in Siam in the middle of the 13th century. In the early 17th century, it became popular throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. In Thailand, this method of self-defense is considered the "sport of kings" and the Thai monarchy has always played a prominent role in its development. King "Shri Saan Petch", was known as the king who wore a tiger mask to hide his identity and participated in Muay Thai tournaments. The method was originally developed for warriors who fought from the back of an elephant, holding a sword in one hand and a stick in the other. The goal of the creators of the style was to use the whole body of a warrior as a weapon. When arms and legs were supposed to imitate sword and dagger; The shins and forearms have been reinforced to protect against impacts; Elbows and knees were to be the hammers of the warriors. The arena battles in ancient Siam were fought by the survival method of the strongest warrior, similar to the evolutionary processes in which the strongest survives and wins. In fact, they created an effective and tough fighting style for attack and self-defense, in which a fighter in a battle arena had to quickly deal with his enemy and move on to the next in line, and so on, until he was the only invincible fighter on the arena. The art and tactics of warfare were passed down from father to son. This method survived practical trials and wars between various tribes of ancient Siam, and has survived to this day, strengthened and tempered by time. At the beginning of the 20th century, this sport became centralized and in demand as an attraction. The kings established two-week festivals in large cities, where Muay Thai fights were held. Sometimes conflicts over the national agenda among the upper class in the Thai government were resolved through Muay Thai fights, with each faction having a fighter to represent them.

In today's ring fights in Thailand, it is customary to perform the traditional dance "Wai Kru, Ram Muay" that goes back centuries, which lasts a few minutes to the sounds of "Sarama" (traditional Thai music), before the battle began. The warrior puts a "Mongkon" on his head and starts dancing in the ring. Touches the ring wall in prayer and thus shows respect for his: opponent, teacher, country, Muay Thai, and spirits.
A Muay Thai fighter hangs up "Mongkon" after the fight

In today's ring fights in Thailand, it is customary to perform the traditional dance "Wai Kru, Ram Muay" that goes back centuries, which lasts a few minutes to the sounds of "Sarama" (traditional Thai music), before the battle began. The warrior puts a "Mongkon" on his head and starts dancing in the ring. Touches the ring wall in prayer and thus shows respect for his: opponent, teacher, country, Muay Thai, and spirits. From the point of view of today's rules of combat, almost everything is allowed, except for striking the enemy, in the back and groin. The rules allow the use of elbows and clinches; The fight usually ends after a knockout; A decision of the referee, or after the end of the legal time. Muay Thai is also known as the "art of the eight limbs". This refers to the eight points of contact used by the human body during combat: Fists, Elbows, Knees, and Shins.


What is "Muay Boran"?

An ancient martial art that predates Muay Thai, the method was previously developed only for self-defense and to protect the ancient Siamese Kingdom of Thailand. Martial laws in Muay Boran allowed the use of cotton ropes wrapped around the palms of the hands, then dipped in tree resin and sprayed around the broken glass to inflict heavy damage on the enemy in battle. Unlike traditional karate in "Muay Boran", are getting a bandage on the arm and moving up through the ranks, from white to red (junior ranks). When senior ranks are from red-white (guide ranks) to gold (highest rank). Whereas, a certified trainer is called "Argan" like Sensei in Japanese karate. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Thai government banned fighting in "Muay Boran" and introduced new laws on fighting in the ring.


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