History and Reality. In Thailand, a unique martial art known as "Thai boxing"Or"Muay Thai"There was quite a long time, and included the schools of different directions, but the basic layout techniques developed precisely in Ayutthaya.
Thailand Thai boxing - sources
At first, Thai boxing designed to conduct combat in a real situation, that is permitted to use military weapons and the participation of several rivals. Nowadays, Thailand Thai boxing sport is considered, as well as a means of self-defense (author's note: and, for many, a way of weight loss).
Participants in these competitions have the right to use virtually any part of his body to strike - bare feet, knee strike, Elbows, shoulders and, of course, fist blows. Nevertheless, here it is prohibited biting (imagine, you can not!) And apply the elements of the struggle. Some of the elements of Thai boxing is quite fierce, such as the same brush blow straight into the throat, knee or elbow in the stomach that can permanently send the opponent in the knockout.
Thailand Thai boxing - new rules of engagement
Unfortunately, because of the high mortality and physical traumaIn Thai boxing established new rules on the basis of international rules of combat.
• Every fight is limited to five three-minute rounds with two-minute break between them.
• Participants are required to wear gloves that meet international rules.
• Shoes are not allowed.
Tradition remains unchanged expression mark of honor to the teachers. Usually, before stepping into the ring, boxers spend almost 5 minutes, saluting their teachers. This traditional practice is called "Wai Khru" in the language of the Thai people. The ceremony is carried out through a series of gestures and body movements with musical accompaniment.
The history of Thai boxing quite controversial, talk about some facts can only be after the period of the fall of the city of Ayutthaya 1767goda, when thousands of Thai slaves were brought to Burma. Once the Burmese king wanted to see a boxing match held by the Thais and Burmese. The Thai boxer was Nai Kha-nomtom, an unknown person. In the future, he was haunted by the reputation of the first known boxer in Thailand. They were won 10 battles against the best Burmese warriors. The King of Burma loudly proclaimed that, despite the fact that the Thai prisoners were defeated, they are great fighters, if the rulers of Thailand were so good, they would not be able to conquer Ayutthaya.
Thailand Thai boxing - a royal sport
Boxing in Thailand was also a sport for representatives of the royal name and several government kings were well-known boxers. So, for example, King Naresuan, also the King-Tiger (Phra Chao Suea) or King Thaksin. The ruling person received his nickname of the King Tiger for his courageous strength and ruthlessness to the vis-a-vis, he was almost a professional in boxing. Sometimes he even pretended to be an ordinary citizen and went to the battle ring to compete with other boxers in the battles that took place at state events. Now, in modern Thai boxing, much that Phra Chao Suea left behind.
In order toa professional thief in Thai boxing, A person must spend a year in training camp, the more training should take place, starting at an early age, it's an art that produces only by a long, precise and meticulous preparation with the teacher.
The popularity of Muay Thai in the West in our time touched and Thailand. Organized more and more schools with training camps, where foreigners are accepted, there are more sites where you can watch these fights, as well as see the statement of Thai boxing. So, staged fights can be seen by tourists in Pattaya during a visit to the park Nong Nooch depicted in ethnic style, or Walking Street.
The most important Thai boxing bouts at Lumphini Stadium in BangkokAs well as many arenas province. At present, Thailand is estimated several thousand professionals in the box. Many of them, due to the Thai sport, making a living. Often, when a boxer becomes an adult, he usually opens the school organizes a camp for practicing Thai boxing and becoming a coach.