Muay Thai and Kickboxing

Posted by Tom on Mar 25, 2009 in Kickboxing |

Muay Thai kick boxing is a form of martial arts that is practiced in many parts of the world. Although Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand, there are many other countries that practice this activity including several in Southeast Asia as well as the United States.

Muay Thai is often times confused with other sports including Lao Boxing, tomoi, pradal serey, and lethwei. It is important to note that while these sports are similar to Muay Thai that there are also many differences to be aware of.

When practicing Muay Thai you will need to become familiar with different techniques that use many parts of the body including fists, elbows, knees and feet. As you begin to learn more and more about Muay Thai kick boxing, you will realize that this variation of the sport uses the feet for both striking and defense purposes. For instance, there are five types of kicks categorized as: Tae Tad, Tae Pub Nai, Tae Pub Nok, Tae Chiang, and Tae Kod

The development of kickboxing in many countries, including the United States and Japan, was influenced greatly by Muay Thai. There are many different types of kickboxing, and the rules are based mainly on the country in which the competition is taking place. For example, kickboxing in the United States does not allow elbow strikes. Additionally, the American version strictly prohibits kicks below the waist.
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Over the past few years, Muay Thai kick boxing has become more and more common all over the world thanks to mixed martial arts fighters using these techniques. Many of the most popular mixed martial artists use some form of Muay Thai. They include: Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, and Mauricio Shogun Rua among others.

As you can see, Muay Thai kick boxing has a rich history and has influenced many other sports as well as thousands of participants. Even though Muay Thai will always be most popular in Thailand, it has spread throughout the world and will continue to do so.

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Mar 29, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I dont think it’s “confused” with Lao boxing, as i would say they are practically the same thing…we could debate all night whether which one of the two influenced which, but no doubt that the sport is a shared cultural relic since times immemorable…..

Apr 7, 2009 at 12:26 am

Tomoi is in essence the Malay name for Thaiboxing as well. There’s no difference between that and Muay Thai.

The Lao thing is interesting since a lot of Thaiboxers can claim legit Lao heritage. The typical debate is which came first Khemboxing or Thaiboxing.

Apr 7, 2009 at 8:07 am

Haha, any links to these debates online? I’d like to read about it. I don’t know much about Khemboxing.

Apr 7, 2009 at 8:28 am

That should be Khemer Boxing. Sorry for the misspelling. Links for the debate? It’s really a sincerely felt feeling. I can find some for you I suppose. It still sparks off in some Thai and Khemer language forums.

The first time I became aware of how heated it truly was is back in the days of Jean Charles Skarbowsky fighting Eh Phuthong the 4-5 times, each time losing. And it ended almost the same way every time elbow cut stoppage against Skarbowsky.

It ended up that Eh was invited to King’s Birthday and fought Suriya Plonchet. Suriya beat him pretty easily.

Nearly ancient history that cycle of events but the rivalry between Khemer and Thai is very much alive.

Apr 8, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I’m interested to know what the differences actually are. It’s easy to say that they’re essentially the same, but there has to be some distinctions, significant or not, that separates on practice from the other.

Apr 9, 2009 at 9:58 pm

With Khmer it’s mostly who came first. Other than that the techniques, the rules, and the ring are exactly the same. To me their is little to no difference. Khmer too do their own wai kru, as does Burma. Tomoi is really Muay Thai. The number one Muay Thai magazine in Malayasia is Boxxtomoi. I have a couple of recent issues my friend gets for me in Malaysia and people like Yodsaenklai are featured in it.

The who started it first discussion ultimately doesn’t lead any where as there really is no conclusive evidence for either being there first but Thailand without a doubt perfected it.



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