Muay Thai is a fighting style that originated in Thailand. The fighting style revolves around stand-up striking techniques and clinching. The striking techniques used in Muay Thai involve the fists, knees, shins, and elbows of a person. That is why it is sometimes referred to as “the art of eight limbs”.
The history of Muay Thai itself is unknown because the Burmese army sacked the city of Ayutthaya in 1767. But there are two theories about the origin of Muay Thai.
It is thought that the fighting style developed over centuries as tribes migrated south through Southeast Asia. In order to survive, the tribes had to develop skills to fight off enemies. The end result is what we now know as Muay Thai.
The other theory suggests that the Thai people had already settled and developed Muay Thai to defend their land.
Although the origins of Muay Thai are debatable, one thing is for sure, it is a practical fighting style and has become a huge sport in Thailand.
Here are three benefits you get from training Muay Thai-
>>Self Defense Aspect- Muay Thai teaches you how to use your entire body as a weapon and it has worked well for the Thai people. Muay Thai is such an effective striking art that almost all professional mixed martial arts fighters train in it. When training Muay Thai, you will learn practical skills to be able to defend yourself in a confrontation, whether it be an unarmed assailant or a school yard bully.
>>Fitness Aspect- Training Muay Thai is a great way to get in shape. The intense workouts can help you shred fat, gain lean muscle, and improve your cardio. A study in the Medicine and Science in Sports Journal found that a person weighing about 130 lbs burns about 590 calories per hour of Muay Thai, while a person weighing about 205 lbs burns about 930 calories per hour of Muay Thai. That’s a whole lot considering that a Muay Thai class lasts around 1.5 to 2 hours!
>>Sport Aspect- Muay Thai is more than just a fighting style. It is also a huge sport in Thailand and it is slowly growing here in America. You can compete in Muay Thai/kickboxing matches if you want are competitive or just want to put your skills to the test.
Just about anyone can train Muay Thai. Gentry’s offers classes for men, women, and teens. And don’t worry about having any prior knowledge of martial arts. There is a Muay Thai 101 class that will teach you the necessary skills before you move up into the advanced classes.
If you have any questions; call us at 770-277-8741. Also, a link to our schedule can be found here. Come on out and give Muay Thai a try!