Muay Thai known as "the art of eight limbs" found its origins centuries ago as the Thai were in constant battle with neighboring tribes and countries. It was mandatory by law that men, women, and children learn Muay Thai.
Muay Thai uses the body to mimic the weapons of war such as; hands become sword and dagger, shines and forearms become the shield, elbows become the hammer and legs and knees become the axe. The body operates as one unit constantly trying to find openings to finish off your opponent. It was customary for young Thai men returning from a tour of duty with the military to create shows for competition with one another to entertain the masses.
Another custom in Muay Thai is the " Wai" which is used to greet one another and used to show respect to opponent or teacher. The Wai gesture is bring up your prayer hands to forehead or chest and bowing your head. Appropriate times to use include greeting, apologizing, and showing a sign of respect also the Wai for males is pronounced "Sawsdee Khrap" and for females pronounced "Sawadee Kha".
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