Muay Thai- Defense through the Art of Eight
Muay Thai- Defense through the Art of Eight
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In the recent past, an anthem popped up on the music scene eulogizing Muay Thai as the science of eight. Having received recognition as an international “ring sport” by the Thai Sports Federation in the last quarter of the 20th century, the sport has grown to be known as a world class fighting technique in mixed martial arts due to its simple but aggressive stand up strikes.

The art of eight is the science of accurately and skillfully using the knees, elbows, shins and legs to fight off unarmed adversaries. By examining its historical origins, regardless of it being contradictory and varying, there is no doubt of it being the supreme Thai cultural fight form, heralded for having shaded Thai people from tyranny of humans and many a lethal weapons. Its journey from the battleground to the theatres and now the ring has been quite monumental, since it’s now recognized as a popular ring sport all around the world. In Thailand, it’s known as the “King’s sport”, and though no more practiced by the Thai army, masses learn it enthusiastically at clubs and gyms.

Muay Thai has been primarily centered on striking and clinching techniques for incapacitating the adversary, but since its inclusion into mixed martial arts (a hybrid of unarmed combat forms) grappling skills also started to be used here and there in it. This gave rise to concerns whether the efforts are underway to undermine the traditional fighting style. The inclusive nature of MMA makes allowances for some deviations from the original techniques to allow more life into the ring. The primary eight contact areas during the fight are the same, though the throw or thrust of punches, knees, elbows and legs may appear alien to the experienced native eyes as many MMA Muay Thai fighters have undergone disciples of some other martial art forms previously. For instance, some western fighters have fused more substantial fist thrusts of boxing into it to be more effective at striking skill, which is meeting a strong disapproval from the purists.

One thing that has helped this combat form greet a mass approval is its stringent legislation on safety measures for the combatants. Thai King Rama VII may have initiated the codification of governing laws for the game during the first quarter of the 20th century, but the organizations like the World Muay Thai Council (WMC) and International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMC) have pushed the boundaries by promulgating strong laws for ensuring practitioners’ safety in the gym and ring.

Muay Thai http://www.dubaifc.ae/ is not just a set of strikes and counterstrikes, it’s a comprehensive combat art aimed at defending the armless combatant.

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