From what we may have seen on TV, Muay Thai appears to be a dauntingly ruthless sport - but those who have chosen to deepen their knowledge and practice in Muay Thai are more than likely to defend it as being much more than meets the eye. With precise moves using knees, elbows, shins and hands to execute bone-crushing strikes, this sport is all about utilizing our body parts as weapons. While it's safe to say that few would argue it is far from violent, aside from providing an effective arsenal of moves to defend oneself, Muay Thai also delivers various physical and mental benefits that it is wonder that practitioners of the sport often become die hard fans.
Muay Thai is truly a unique form of martial arts and sport that is like no other. Reportedly to be originated in the 14th century in Siem, Thailand, Muay Thai is referred to as "The Art of Eight Limbs" as it focuses on eight points of contact, as opposed to "two points" (fists) in boxing and "four points" (hands and feet) used in kickboxing. Infused in strong ethics and traditions, it enables us to not only build our physical strength but also build our inner strength and character. This is probably the main reason it would not be a rarity to find a strong sense of brotherhood, camaraderie and respect amongst Muay Thai practitioners.
Muay Thai incorporates inner strength, courage, discipline, technique, and athleticism. Image: Superpro Samui
Since the sport requires grueling training and intense use of your body, when one decides to take up Muay Thai, it is a given that he/she will inevitably improve their physical health and appearance. However, unlike hitting the gym and lifting weights that primarily focuses on aesthetics, Muay Thai also offers something more substantial - the continuous journey of self improvement that encompasses body, mind and soul. Through its training, Muay Thai incorporates inner strength, courage, discipline, technique and athleticism. It focuses on personal development that extends beyond the surface and emphasizes on the journey of becoming a better self rather than the final outcome.
If you happen to be in search of a lethal combination of a sport and martial art that can help you to become the best version of who you are both inside and out, be sure to take Muay Thai into consideration. Though it is primarily perceived as a sport for men, it is important to note that the practice Muay Thai can benefit just about anyone - including women and children. Like any other forms of martial arts, it too can be adapted to each individual's level of fitness and capabilities. After all, every expert is once a beginner so there is no shame in requesting to modify the training to fit your needs and intensify it as you wish as you go along. Should you decide to explore and take up Muay Thai, we wish you all the best in your training - may you reap all the exciting benefits that it can offer!