Saturday, February 23, 2008

History


Due to the invasion and total destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767 by the Burmese, no written word exists on the origins of Muay Thai. Oral traditions passed down from generation to generation and from teacher to student tell us that Muay Thai began sometime around 2,000 years ago. Mixed with various weapons of combat, Muay Thai was first practiced as a form of self defense against invading armies from neighboring countries and martial training during peaceful times.

It was not until around 1925 that Muay Thai was recognized as a professional sport. During this time the introduction of boxing gloves, rules and regulations, and the building of two stadiums, Lumpini and Ratchadamnoen had taken place. Before this time participants often fought with bare fists or their hands bound with hemp threads. The fights took place on bare ground with no ring, encircled by spectators. Around this time the sport also started gaining wide spread popularity throughout many regions of the world spreading to Europe first then to the west.

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