A Brief Introduction to This Combat Sport
We all know for a fact that contact or combat sports are growing popular all over the world. If you love combat sports, then you will surely love Muay Thai kickboxing. This combat sport offers fast punches, bone crushing elbows, piercing knees and kicks that will surely keep you on the edges of your seat.
It’s also a type of martial art that people today are starting to learn. In fact, most boxing gyms today are now offering Muay Thai kickboxing lessons.
So, what exactly is Muay Thai?
For starters, Muay Thai is a type of martial art that originated in Thailand. This martial art is unlike any other type of popular martial arts that you will often see on TV. Developed by the Thais in order to defend themselves from aggressive powers and thieves, Muay Thai is a deadly martial art that is basically designed to pound the enemy in to submission and even kill them.
Before, Muay Thai kickboxing is a lethal art. In fact, because fighters don’t wear gears or protection, there are cases where Muay Thai athletes died because of the hard and fast blows that their opponents delivered. In the past, lengths of cords were used to wrap around the fist of the fighter to be used as gloves. However, as the years progressed, rules were written in order to make Muay Thai a safer sport that everyone can enjoy playing. And, standard boxing gloves are now used to cover fists.
After a few years, Muay Thai progressed as a martial art as well as a fighting style. It attracted martial arts fans from all over the world and there is now numerous training facilities located all over the world. Qualified instructors here offer to teach Muay Thai to people who are interested in learning this martial art.
These days, Muay Thai is one of the most popular sports in the world. In fact, there are quite a lot of TV networks covering live broadcast of Muay Thai kickboxing fights on a weekly basis.
Normally, Muay Thai kickboxing fights are fought with 5 rounds with each round lasting 3 minutes. There’s also a 2 minute interval in between rounds. Before the fights begin, a dance is done by the fighters to honor and pay homage to their teachers or coaches. The dance is also a superb physical exercise to warm up and it also has symbolic meanings to the style.
You will also see that the fighters wear armbands and a headband. The headband is what the fighters wear and is viewed to have been blessed by a monk or the teacher. This is believed to bestow luck to the fighter.
These are basically the things that you have to know about Muay Thai kickboxing. Now that you know the brief history of this combat sport, it’s probably time for you to start training and learn the art of Muay Thai kickboxing. Now only that this will teach you how to defend yourself but it will also serve as a great way to exercise your body.