At Thai Terre, it’s not just our Green Curry which has a kick; we are also very proud to come from the nation which brought Muay Thai to the world.
Generally reckoned to be one of the most highly rated, if not the best, unarmed fighting techniques in the world, Muay Thai is also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ because, unlike other kickboxing varieties, it uses not just the feet, but also fists, knees and elbows for offence, as well as the forearms and shins for defence. The eight limbs serve different roles; for example, the hands represent bladed weapons, while the legs are used in the same way as fighting staffs.
In one form of Muay Thai, fighters are permitted to bind their hands with cloth or lengths of rope. These simultaneously protect the fighter’s hands and cause more damage to their opponent. However, because of the injuries which can be caused by a skilled fighter with roped hands, this is no longer generally practised.
There are many stories in Thailand’s history about the formidableness of Muay Thai, but our favourite, and the earliest, dates back to the sixteenth century and describes how King Naresuan, when captured by the Burmese and made to fight their most formidable warriors, fought with such skill, defeating every warrior who was pitted against him, that he was granted his freedom and returned to Thailand a hero.
As well as being a fighting technique, Muay Thai is also a great way to keep fit and there are lots of different Muay Thai classes in the Eastbourne area.