Muay Thai is a very dangerous form of Kick Boxing that originated out of the country of Thailand. There is some resemblence to this form of Combat Sport and other Indochinese or Southeast Asian forms of Boxing. Cambodia has a similar style which they call the Pradal Serey. Malaysia practices a similar form called Tomoi. The people from Myanmar also known as Burma use a style called Lethwei. And the people from Laos which is also in Southeast Asia practice a style called Muay Lao.
Muay Thai Boxing is the main Combat Sport and is the considered the National Sport in Thailand. A style called Muay Boran was the old traditional form of Muay Thai where they fought with less rules and wasn’t a sanctioned sport like it is today. Rumor had it that before a fight their hands were wrapped in hemp rope and then dipped in resin and small glass chips to make these fights extremely brutal. This sport is frequently known as the “art of 8 limbs”. The reasons this term was coined is because punches, elbows, knees and kicks were used which resemble the 8 points of contact. This is in contradiction to the 2 points that were used in Western Boxing.
The term Nak Muay is given to anyone in Thailand that practices Muay Thai. If someone from the west practices this sport they will be called Nak Muay Farang which means someone foreign that practices this sport. Many different styles of Kick Boxing have been practiced within Southeast Asia. Chinese Martial Arts Masters say that these disciplines have been practiced for about 2000 years. They also believe that Cambodia had a big effect of spreading these styles all over Southeast Asia.
They believe that Muay Boran, the old style of Muay Thai, was used by Siamese soldiers after they lost their weapons during a war. Some believe the Siamese Military created this sport from Krabi Krabong, but others believe they were both created at the same time. Krabi Krabong had a lot of influence and set the stage for Muay Thai. This sport then went on in Thailand to be fought in front of many spectators and even for entertainment for Kings.