So what is Muay Thai? Muay thai aka “the art of 8 limbs” is a martial art from
Thailand that began as a close combat fighting skill on the battlefield. Muay thai
utilizes the entire body as a weapon. A practitioner will use a variety of punches,
knees, elbows, kicks with the shin and foot jabs. Another huge aspect of Muay thai is
the technical aspect of the clinch which also seperates it from other striking arts.
The word “Muay “ literally means combat . Although it is a combat skill, in Thai
culture, Muay Thai is much more than a fighting style. It is a spiritual
practice and a way of life. Muay Thai is closely linked with Buddhism, and
the martial art itself emphasizes values such as respect, humility, self-
control, and compassion.