the art of eight limbs.


In Thailand it’s not difficult to find a Muay Thai gym of some sort, whether it’s for amateurs or professionals or for training or exhibitions, there’s bound to be one near you.  While in Bangkok, we came across many, it was this one nearby Khao San Road that really caught our attention as the alley outside of it was a place of refuge for Soi dogs (street dogs), and there always sat a crowd of young boxing enthusiasts.

Per wikipedia, “Muay Thai is referred to as “The Art of Eight Limbs”; and using eight points of contact the body mimics weapons of war. The hands become the sword and dagger; the shins and forearms were hardened in training to act as armor against blows, and the elbow to fell opponents like a heavy mace or hammer; the legs and knees became the axe and staff. The body operated as one unit. The knees and elbows constantly searching and testing for an opening while grappling and trying to spin an enemy to the ground for the kill.”

What’s your experience with Muay Thai?


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