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history "Fight for art and for a victory that is pure and unblemished"

Thai Boxing - also known as Muay Thai - has been studied in Thailand for thousands of years. Known as the "Art of Eight Limbs", thai boxing makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes.

The ancient fighting art has been passed down through generations from teachers to students who fastidiously applied its principles for over 2,000 years. With national threats occuring regularly, Muay Thai fighting skills were of infinite importance to those in power in Thailand. Soldiers that had studied this superior method of self defence/martial art had a great advantage in combat. However, being a Thai Boxer (Nak Muay) was also about acquiring less physical virtues like obedience, genuine knowledge, courage, endurance and patience.

"One must not lack courage. It is important to make oneself accustomed to pain and danger, without fear."

"Man should not underestimate others, it is imperative not to be over confident of ones own ability."

Today Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, with thousands of gyms located across the country and most towns having their own boxing arena. The two largest stadiums, Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen hold fights every night of the week. Children start to learn the art as young as 5years old, indeed, it can be a famil's way of life and main source of income - a means of earning the greatest of respect.

"When traditional music sounds in the ring, it is recognised as a symbol of defence and respect. It is expressed in the Wai Kru, the ceremony of paying homage to the teacher."

Muay Thai came to Britain in the early eighties and has grown to become one of the toughest ring sports in the world. Renowned for its dominance and applicability across multiple classes, its global popularity has prompted the formation of the 'World Muay Thai Council' to ensure the survival of the history and traditions of Muay Thai.
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