Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking, along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline is known as "The Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs," because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. Muay Thai uses eight "points of contact," as opposed to "two points" (fists) in boxing and "four points" (hands and feet) used in kickboxing and savate. Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.
Muay Thai was originally called by more generic names such as Toi Muay or simpy Muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, Muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These Muay contest gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples. Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope around theri hands and forearms. This type of match was called Muay Khat Chueak. Kickboxing was also a component of military training and gained prominence during the reign of King Naresuan in 1560 CE.
In 1925, codified rules were put into place for Muay Thai. Thailand's first boxing ring was built in 1921 at Suan Kularp. Over time, fighters began to wear gloves and groin protectors as the sport became more main stream. With the success of Muay Thai in Mixed Martial Arts, it has become the de facto style of choice for stand up fighters competing in MMA.
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