In the past several years, Muay Thai boxing has hit the world stage as mixed martial arts has become popular around the globe. Muay Thai has been discovered to be an effective technique when used as a component of mixed martial arts. But what’s the origin of Muay Thai?
Muay Thai began to make a name for itself during the 18th century in the battles between the Burmese Konbaung Dynasty and the Ayutthaya Kingdom. While it began as a fighting technique used in actual life and death battles, it evolved into a sport as well. Fighters began wrapping their fists and forearms, and contests began being held in temples for entertainment.
Muay Thai is also known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” for the eight points of contact it embodies. It uses punches, elbows, kicks and knee strikes to disable opponents.
Today, hundreds of thousands of both amateur and professional boxers have made Muay Thai a well-known practice for both competition and exercise. There thousands of gym all over the world teaching the techniques of Muay Thai.
While every Thai has known about Muay Thai since they were born, the sport has only been embraced by mixed martial artists (MMA) since around the beginning of the millennium and accepted as a valid form of fighting within MMA contests.
For visitors to Phuket in February who are interested in experiencing Muay Thai in Phuket, the evening of February 23rd, 2020 promises to be an exciting one with three WBC world title fights on the line.
Scheduled to be held at the Hatpong Football Stadium, near Patong beach at the northern end of the town, this event will feature some of the top names in the world in the sport of Muay Thai Boxing.
Such is the interest that this event is causing in the sporting world that for Muay Thai aficionados unable to make it to Patong on the night of the event the fights will be broadcast on Fox Sports Asia and Star Sports.
Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong is a hotel near Bangla Road, and also near the Hatpong Football Stadium. It promises to serve as the perfect destination on the night of February 23rd. As a hotel that recognizes and reveres the cultural traditions of Thailand, we’ve always had a Muay Thai Ring on our hotel grounds and offer Muay Thai classes every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, for both beginners and advanced practitioners as well.
Contact us and book a room for the weekend of February 23rd, and enjoy being right in the heart of the explosive Muay Thai action in Patong, Phuket.