Khao Lak Muay Thai is the perfect place to get active and meet energetic people. Muay Thai “Thai boxing” is a national sport and a world famous martial art. Are you interested to learn more about Muay Thai and its benefits, or just looking for a good workout? Is Muay Thai completely new to you or are you looking to continue your journey as a fighter? Khao Lak Muay Thai is the perfect place to do this. Get to know the passionate people of Khao Lak Muay Thai and where to find them in this featured article.
What is Muay Thai?
Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, is a fighting style developed in Thailand that has become the country’s national sport, rapidly gaining popularity worldwide. Also known as the Art of Eight Limbs, practitioners are trained to use their shins, elbows, knees and fists as the primary weapons. As one of the most effective striking arts, it has gained traction amongst prize fighters in organizations such as UFC, Bellator and One Championship.
A quick dive into Muay Thai’s History
Muay Thai is derived from Muay Boran, which translates to “Ancient Boxing”. Muay Thai is a martial art and combat sport that originated in Thailand. Its history can be traced back to the 16th century, during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Back then, Thai warriors used Muay Thai as a form of close combat during wars with neighboring countries. It was also used in self-defense against bandits and wild animals.
Muay Thai is an effective battlefield combat system that is said to be over 300 years old. According to a legend, in 1774 the father of Muay Thai, Nai Kanom Tom, fought 10 of the best Burmese fighters, without rest, and defeated them all using Muay Boran. So impressed was the Burmese King, he released Nai Kanom Tom from captivity, who returned to Siam as a hero.
Over the years, Muay Thai has evolved into a sophisticated martial art with a rich cultural heritage. In the 18th and 19th centuries, it became a popular sport among Thai people, with competitions being held in villages and towns. The sport was further developed during the reign of King Rama V, who was a passionate supporter of Muay Thai and promoted it as a way to improve the physical and mental health of his subjects.
In the early 20th century, Muay Thai began to gain international recognition. Thai fighters began to travel to other countries to compete in international competitions, and the sport gained a reputation for its power and effectiveness. Today, Muay Thai is practiced all over the world, with its own professional leagues, championships, and World Muay Thai Council.
What are the benefits of Muay Thai?
Nak Muay, as Thai boxers are known, are renowned for their superhuman fitness and athleticism. The rigorous training, twice a day, gives them endurance that most athletes can only dream of. Of course, if you’re not a fighter, the benefits are many.
Aside from the obvious fitness benefits, you’ll gain self-confidence, discipline, and a feel-good glow from the endorphins that follow a good workout. An underrated benefit is that of mental health and mindfulness. For the 1-2 hours you’re training, you’re “in the now” and not thinking about the day-to-day issues we all have. Many students use Muay Thai as an escape from the high-pressure jobs they have.
You’ll also meet a wide array of interesting and fun people who all have shared interests and goals. The people at Khao Lak Muay Thai really can’t stress enough the feeling of togetherness students feel after a hard training session.
Where in Khao Lak can I learn Muay Thai/Boran?
If you’re looking for a new way to stay fit and healthy, or connect with energetic and fun people, or if you’re interested in learning a new martial art with a rich cultural history, Muay Thai is definitely worth trying. But it’s important to find a reputable gym with experienced instructors who can guide you through the fundamentals and ensure your safety. With the right training and dedication, Muay Thai can transform your body and mind, and give you a new perspective on life. So why not give it a try? You might just discover a passion for the “Art of Eight Limbs” that you never knew you had.
Khao Lak Muay Thai & Muay Boran is a training camp based in Khao Lak, Phang Nga, Thailand. They cater for students of all levels, from beginner to pro level, and for families and casual enthusiasts.
The Khao Lak Muay Thai trainers have years of experience and are experts at adapting to your level. So you can make training as fun or as serious as you wish. They are particularly good with children, as they enjoy the opportunity to teach respect and discipline and promote their sport.
If you want to lose weight, prepare for your next fight, or just want to give Muay Thai/Muay Boran a try, their fun and friendly gym is the perfect environment.
Khao Lak Muay Thai runs twice daily group classes where students can train on the heavy bags and do a few rounds of pad-work with the trainers. These run from 08:00 to 10:00 and 16:00 to 18:00, Monday to Saturday.
In between the group classes, students can book a 1 to 1 private lesson with a trainer of their choice. These are beneficial for students who want to take their training to the next level.
On Saturday mornings, weather permitting, Khao Lak Muay Thai does beach training sessions on the sand opposite La Vela hotel.