Muay Thai, also known as Thai Boxing, originated in Thailand and dates back thousands of years.
The system utilizes punches and kicks, and also incorporates elbows, knees, and grappling techniques. Each part of a Thai fighter´s body is a potentially lethal weapon, making Muay Thai the most brutal of all ring sports. Fights are comprised of five three-minute rounds, with a two-minute rest period in between. Boxing gloves, groin protectors, gum shields, Thai boxing trunks, hand wrappings, and cotton anklets are worn for competition bouts.
In a Muay Thai contest, a fighter can punch and kick an opponent´s legs, body, or head using any part of the leg, knee or elbow.
Although punches can result in a knockout, they do not score high points from Thai judges, who instead look for spectacular performance in attack and defense with the use of kicks, knees, and elbow strikes.
Muay Thai is acknowledged as one of the most effective forms of martial arts. Students participate in Muay Thai for fitness, competition, and self-defense.