Its been like 3 weeks now and i have been going on a daily base to a Muay Thai School in Brazil. i have slowly developed some huge admiration to this Martial Art after i have reached a satisfaction level from functional training and Weight lifting .
The word muay derives from the Sanskrit mavya which means “to bind together”. Muay thai is referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs” because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight “points of contact”, as opposed to “two points” (fists) in boxing and “four points” (hands and feet) used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing, boxing, and savate. A practitioner of muay thai is known as a nak muay. Western practitioners are sometimes called nak muay farang, meaning “foreign boxer.
Like most competitive full contact fighting sports, muay thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay thai is specifically designed to promote the level of fitness and toughness required for ring competition. Training regimens include many staples of combat sport conditioning such as running,shadowboxing, rope jumping, body weight resistance exercises, medicine ball exercises, abdominal exercises, and in some cases weight training. Muay thai fighters rely heavily on kicks utilizing the shin bone. As such, practitioners of muay thai will repeatedly hit hard objects with their shins, conditioning it, hardening the bone through a process called cortical remodeling. Muay thai practitioners typically apply Namman Muay muay thai liniment liberally before and after their intense training sessions.