Muay Thai Boxing (??????) uses almost every part of the body, and it is for this reason that it is sometimes referred to as ‘the art of the eight limbs’. It is one of the deadliest martial arts on the planet, but it is also something you can learn for fun. Muay Thai can be viewed as a sport, art, fitness routine, self-defense practice, or even a spiritual path. It is one of the activities you are going to get to experience during your time with us here at Hope Rehab Center.
When most people mention the term ‘Muay Thai’, they are referring to the sport where combatants (known as ‘nak muay’) fight in a ring wearing gloves. This is the national sport of Thailand, and there are fights shown on TV about three times a week, but this is not the only type of Thai Boxing. There is also traditional Muay Boran (????????) which is more of a fighting art than a sport, and it includes spiritual practices such as meditation. Closely related to Muay Boran is a martial art known as Krabi Krabong (????????????), which uses weapons as well as fists, elbows, shins, knees, and feet.
It is an excellent physical workout that uses every part of your body – if you make this a regular part of your life, you are likely to achieve a high level of fitness.
Muay Boran or Krabi Krabong is moving meditation
It improves self-esteem
It can be an effective way to manage stress levels
It’s a nice way to learn more about Thai people and their culture
Joining a Muay Thai gym is a way for you to meet some new people
In order to progress in this martial art, you need to learn patience and humility
It can teach you some self-defence techniques
Read more about the benefits of Muay Thai in our blog post “5 Ways Muay Thai Helped Me Fight Addiction At A Thai Rehab“.