Muay Thai Boxing has been a favorite มวยสากล of the people of Thai for over 500 years, and today, the enthusiasm for the sport still remains. For the most part of its history, this form of boxing was a very brutal and dangerous sport.
This is because initially, this sport was used mainly as the major form of defense against invaders. It was a very raw hand to hand form of fight, where chords and ropes were wrapped around the hand in place of gloves. However, though boxers are still allowed to use their elbows and kick using their feet, the rules of Muay Thai Boxing has changed slightly to protect the fighters, and meet international boxing codes, since most people now learn the sport as a full time profession. For instance, fighters are now allowed to wear padded gloves, as well as protection for their groin area. This adaptation has made it a lot more popular even in the Western part of the world, such as Russia and the United Sates of America.
Despite this, Muay Thai boxing has a unique set of rules that has set it apart significantly from all other boxing sports. Some of these rules are outlined below;
First, before any fight begins, the fighters must perform the traditional Wai Khru dance, which signifies respect for all teachers and trainers. There are only five rounds in each fight, each round lasting for only three minutes, with a two minute break in-between each round. The winner is always the fighter who has won the most rounds.
Boxers are required to wear gloves which weigh at least six ounces, as well as protection for their groins. The shapes of these gloves must not be altered in any way, and only blue or red colored trunks are allowed to be worn. All equipments used during the fight such as stop watches, signal gongs, boxing gloves, jock straps and surgical tapes are provided by the stadium where the fight is taking place.
During Muay Thai boxing trainings too, training is usually off extreme high volume to allow for maximum concentration, though the levels of intensity differ according to the situation. The floor surface on which the training occurs is covered with material, and feet are well conditioned to prevent trainees from slipping during the training sessions. To prevent injuries from falling, the boxing rings are highly padded, giving the feel of quick sand when walking on them.
Though there are a lot of famous training camps for Muay Thai boxing, the best site is in Koh Samui. Muay Thai Samui is ideal because Samui is an island. The surrounding beaches and island style makes training on Koh Samui the perfect fighting and training ground.