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History

MuayThai or ThaiBoxing as it is more commonly known in this country, is the national sport of Thailand. Its history can be traced back over 3,000 years and was the cultural art form of the ancient Siamese warriors, now transformed into a thrilling and spectacular ring sport.

Known as the "Science of Eight Limbs" it is one of the oldest combat systems ever devised. Practitioners develop defensive and offensive skills utilising a wide variety of punches, kicks, knees and elbows executed with deadly accuracy and explosive power. It is for these reasons among others, that many now see Thaiboxing as the most practical and effective form of self-defence, a standard by which others are judged.

From a cultural standpoint Thaiboxing represents much more than a fighting art. To the Thai people, it is a way of developing basic tenets of good character; honesty, integrity, honour, respect, fairness and compassion must all be taught in a wider moral context which underpins all Muaythai.

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