Muay Thai - Thai Boxing
The history of Muay Thai can be traced back to the 9th century, AD. Ancient stone carvings and painting can be studied in numerous temples in both Thailand and Burma. There were once Royal Boxers retained by Kings, Temple Boxers supported by monasteries, Warrior Boxers that were trained foot soldiers and Village Boxers who were farmers, hunters and fishermen. It is speculated that only Royal Boxers and Warrior Boxers entered "Death Matches", while the other two groups did not fight to the death. The Warrior Boxers were also trained in weaponry, in an art called Kraby Krabong. The Warrior Boxing style is sometimes referred to as Military Muay Thai, or Muay Boran. Muay Boran is very similar to Burmese Boxing since it was those two arts that clashed in a significant amount of the Death Matches during those two countries war conflicts.
In modern day, Military Muay Thai became extinct and Muay Thai became a traditional Martial Art further developing into an organized brutal Combat Sport. There have been more deaths and serious injuries in Muay Thai than any other Combat Sport. Muay Thai is considered by many Thai natives their National sport and they are very proud of its rich fighting history.
The 2 Camps Of Muay Thai
Traditional Muay Thai
Dutch Thai Boxing
The first camp of Muay Thai is the Traditional Muay Thai camp. Hailing straight out of Thailand this method of Muay Thai is taught in an art form with traditional rituals holding its connection to its deep ancient origins. This method has also a strong spiritual connection to the art and history of Muay Thai and the Thai culture. The training methods and techniques, for the most part, have not been changed for centuries in order to preserve and keep the art pure to its original form and traditional standards. If trained in this method by a true traditional authentic Muay Thai Master, the use of sticks for blocking techniques is an example of such ancient method not found in modern sport camps.
The second camp is the Dutch camp. Pioneered by the legendary Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam, this camp emphasizes the sport aspect more than the traditional camp. As a matter of fact, the only objective of the Dutch Muay Thai camp is success in the ring. All rituals from Traditional Muay Thai have been stripped away to give way to more modern condition training time spent on the mat. This camp also operates more as a team like camp, versus the Traditional camp being more of a lone warrior type of fighter camp. European strong work ethic, is the heartbeat of the Dutch Muay Thai camp. The most famous fighters hailing out of this camp are Rob Kaman and Ramon Deker.
The Muay Thai method taught at Warrior Strength, S2B Muay Thai is 75% Dutch Thai Boxing & 25% Traditional Muay Thai.
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