Thai, the art of fighting, is part of the identity
of the thai people. Its roots go back to ancient
times in Thai History during which Siam(Thailand)
was at war with its neighbouring countries in order
to protect its “Golden
Land”. Throughout the years, warfare
tactics and weaponry changed drastically but the
Muay Thai tradition remained unchanged.
One important principle in the history of Muay Thai
has always been the “Wai
Khru”(äËÇé¤ÃÙ) which can be translated
as “paying respect to the teacher”.
Before a fight, the thai boxer is supposed to listen
attentively to the blessing words that are spoken
by his teacher and trainer. The teacher puts the “Mongkon”(Á§¤Å) on the fighter’s head as a symbol
of protection(granted by supernatural powers), preventing
the fighter from being harmed.
The teacher also puts the “Pha
Prajead”(¼éÒ»ÃÐà¨ÕÂ´) around the fighter’s
upper arms while arousing the right “spirit”
in the fighter with well-chosen words that help
leading to victory in the fight ahead. The way of
preparing for a fight, inherited from the past,
is part of the wonderful magic of Muay Thai.
Muay Thai teaches various techniques utilizing every
part of the body as a weapon, fists, elbows, knees,
shins, feet, head and the ankles to both attack
(courtesy of TWINS Special)
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Muay Thai Boxing began in Thailand hundreds of years ago when there were little rules and no weight classes to distinguish the Siamese or Thai Army members from one another. There were no gloves or equipment, just two opposing men having a battle, sometimes with swords and batons – which is literally what the translation Krabi-Krabong means and what Muay Thai is descended from.
Today, Muay Thai Boxing is sweeping the States and people use boxing gloves and fight within their own weight class to make the fights fair. Muay Thai Boxing gloves such as King Professional Boxing Gloves, Raja Boxing Gloves, Windy Gloves and Twins Special Boxing Gloves, are all available online through Muay Thai Boxing specialty stores, some even located in Thailand.
In addition to the adding of boxing gloves, officials limited the time fights were run and added uniforms which are basically boxing shorts. Muay Thai shorts, like the gloves, can be found on the Internet through special Muay Thai Boxing online stores and are made by the same manufacturers such as Twins Special, King Professional, Raja Boxing and Windy.
Although boxing gloves are used, Muay Thai Boxing is a form of Martial Arts. Even though kick boxing is a dangerous sport, Muay Thai Boxing is a thai kick boxing self defense art developed in Thailand. In addition, with Muay Thai Boxing, one is allowed to use a combination of eight body parts to move on the opponent. The use of hands – with gloves, feet, shins, with shin guards and knees are used in many combinations to bring down the opponent. It may seem violent, but Muay Thai Boxing is really a great way of anger management and self control over oneself.
With proper training and regular practice, Muay Thai Boxing can increase a body’s flexibility, muscle tone, blood circulation and better use of the bones. Muay Thai Boxing is good work for both the mind and body.
When one is practicing Muay Thai Boxing, a proper outfit is essential not only to look good but to feel good as well. Boxing gloves from companies such as King Professional Gloves, Raja Boxing Gloves, Windy Gloves and Twins Special Boxing Gloves are all professionally made in Thailand where Muay Thai Boxing is a national sport. Young boys grow up learning the art of Muay Thai Boxing and many young girls learn several of the moves for safety purposes.
All of these Muay Thai companies, Windy, Twins Special, Raja Boxing and King Professional all make silk boxing shorts to complete the outfit of a Muay Thai Boxing champion or someone who just practices the art of Muay Thai Boxing. In addition to the gloves and silk boxing shorts, these companies also produce shin guards, ankle wraps and headgear for the ultimate protection.
Some companies allow you to design your own silk boxing shorts or come with the logo from the company or a symbol of power and fighting such as dragons, tigers and many more. The silk shorts come in many different colors and fit all sizes and shapes of fighters.