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UFAI MUAY THAI

 

Known to the world as “the science of 8 limbs” or “the sport of kings”; Muay Thai…You might have heard about it, or even seen it on TV— the furious punches, crushing elbow strikes, lethal kicks, powerful grappling and artful feints.  If you are looking for a TOTAL BODY WORKOUT or to become a COMPETITIVE FIGHTER…LOOK NO FURTHER!  Here at UFAI we teach Traditional Muay Thai.  The entire art is taught, complete with knees & elbows, as well as the Wai Kru/Ram Muay ceremonial prefight rituals.  We also celebrate Boxer’s Day every year.  Now you have the opportunity to train traditionally in this amazing art…don’t miss out, join us today! Please Call 802-310-3541 to schedule a free trial class or for more details!

 

MUAY THAI HISTORY

 

The history of Muay Thai is interwoven with the history of the Thai people. A gentle, peace-loving people, for centuries Thais had to defend themselves and their land from aggressive powers. They developed a form of close, hand-to-hand combat best suited for the kind of rough-terrain battle they were fighting (Muay Boran). Over time it became a rite of passage for Thai men to take up training in this martial art. King Naresuan the Great (1555-1605), one of the country’s most celebrated warrior-heroes, is believed to have been an excellent boxer himself, and it was he who made Muay Thai a required part of military training. Another milestone in the history of Muay Thai was the triumph of Nai Khanom Tom over 10 Burmese boxers in 1774. Tom had been taken captive after the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya fell in 1767. Nai Khanom Tom was picked to fight before the Burmese king. After confusing the Burmese opponents with his Wai Kru-Ram Muay, he destroyed them with punches, kicks, knees and elbows. King Mangra granted Nai Khanom Tom freedom along with either riches or two beautiful Burmese wives. Nai Khanom Tom chose the wives as he said that money was easier to find. He then departed with his wives for Siam. Other variations of this story had him also winning the release of his fellow Thai prisoners. His feat is celebrated every March 17 as "Boxer's Day" or "National Muay Thai Day" in his honor and that of Muay Thai's. In the old days, Muay Thai was a dangerous sport, with no safety gear of any kind for the fighters, and only lengths of cords to wrap around the fists in place of gloves (Muay Boran). Over the years rules have been written along the line of international boxing regulations. In recent years the sport has attracted a wide following outside of the country, and training facilities have been set up all over the world…