About Muay Thai

Muay Thai is a combat martial art from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline which includes combat on foot is known as "the art of eight weapons" because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, shins and feet, being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fight very efficient.

Muay thai became popular in the sixteenth century, but become widespread internationally only in the twentieth century, when many Thai fighters won several victories over representatives of other martial arts. The sport of Muay Thai is solely governed by the International Federation of Muaythai Amateur and a professional league is governed by the World Muaythai Council.

Muay ThaiHistory

The history of Muaythai is the history of the Thai people – both though are difficult to discover. When the Burmese army sacked and razed Ayuddhaya to the ground, the archives of Thai history were lost. With them, much of the early history of Muaythai also went.

The little we do know, comes from the writings of the Burmese, Cambodian, early European visitors and some of the chronicles of the Lanna Kingdom – Chiang Mai.

What all sources agree on, is that Muaythai began as a close combat battlefield fighting skill. More deadly than the weapons it replaced.

As to where Muaythai came from, its evolution, the sources aren’t clear and often contradict each other. But there are two main theories.

One says that the art developed as the Thai people moved down from China; honed in the struggle for land. The other theory says that the Thai people were already here and that Muaythai developed to defend the land and people from constant invasion threats.

The second, while controversial, has considerable academic backing and archaeological evidence. The first is, however, possible as the area opened up to the early pioneers.What is known is that Muaythai was an essential part of Thai culture right from its dawn. And in Thailand, it’s the sport of kings.

WeightClasses

CLASS POUNDS KILOGRAMS
Mini Fly Weight 105 47.62
Junior Fly Weight 108 48.99
Fly Weight 112 50.80
Junior Bantam Weight 115 52.16
Bantam Weight 118 53.52
Junior Feather Weight 122 55.34
Feather Weight 126 57.15
Junior Light Weight 130 58.97
Light Weight 135 61.24
Junior Welter Weight 140 63.50
Welter Weight 147 66.68
Junior Middle Weight 154 69.85
Middle Weight 160 72.58
Super Middle Weight 168 76.20
Light Heavy Weight 175 79.38
Super Light Heavy Weight 182 82.55
Cruiser Weight 190 86.18
Heavy Weight 209 95.00
Super Heavy Weight 209+ 95.00+