Muay Thai or Thai Boxing has become incresingly well-known outside Thailand as an exciting form of martial art. Apart from Thailand, Muay Thai is also practised in several other southeast Asian countries including Cambodia (where it is known as Pradal Serey) and Myanmar where it is generally known as Lethwei. Muay Thai gyms are also popping up in some Western countries.
Muay Thai has a long tradition in Thailand as a martial art used by the military. The military style of Muay Thai is called Lerdrit, while today’s “Sport Muay Thai” slightly varies from the original art and uses kicks and punches in a ring and with gloves similar to those used in boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art.
On your next trip to Thailand, find some time to experience the excitement of Muay Thai in action. There are 2 Muay Thai stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpini Stadium and Rajdamnoen Stadium which organize competitive Muay Thai matches every week.