The “art of the eight limbs” utilizes the most effective striking tools: kicks, knees, elbows, punches, and the clinch. Where most people see Muay Thai as violence, we see it as beauty. Muay Thai is like a dance – fighters attempt to figure each other out and counter with a complementary style. In order to do this effectively, the fighters have to be in good mental and physical condition.
A national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai, and its precursor called Muay Boran, were used in actual warfare and later on became a source of entertainment for the masses, as well as a way for the fighters (nak muay in Thai) to provide a livelihood for themselves and their family.
From its humble beginnings, Muay Thai has grown internationally with thousands of gyms spread across the planet. All kinds of people that are viewed as individually “different” from each other function as one under a gym, training and helping each other prepare for upcoming fights. Perhaps the most beautiful thing about Muay Thai is not the fluidity and beauty of its destruction, but that it brings people who would never be friends otherwise together.