Muay Thai, a sport fast gaining popularity in Singapore is a combat sport that originates from the Muay martial arts of Thailand. The sport is mostly practiced as a means of physical exercise, recreation, self-defense and personal advancement. It is often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” because the sport makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, “eight points of contact".
Fun fact - Muay Thai is the national sport of Thailand
Fun fact - In the olden days as a form of training, Muay Thai fighters would splash river water in their eyes to ensure that they did not blink or hesitate when sweat were in their eyes during a fight.
Scoring differs between professional and amateur fights. Professional fights are scored using the “ten-point ‘must” system” while amateur bouts are scored using a “twenty point ‘must’ system”.
In professional fights, the last three rounds are considered the most important as a whole without equal emphasis placed on each round. In professional fights, the last 3 rounds are the most important in determining the final results with the first 2 rounds being used more as a reference point should there be no dominant fighter in the final 3 rounds.
In amateur fights, competitors battle it out over four two minute rounds. An equal amount of emphasis and importance is given to each round and the winner of the fight is the competitor who performs better in the rounds' most rounds in amateur bouts are score 20:19. Only one point is deduced for a knockdown and not two as in professional fights.
A professional knock-out (K.O) is awarded when a fighter’s opponent is knocked down and unable to get up within the 10-second count.
A technical Knock-Out (T.K.O) is awarded when:
- A fighter’s opponent is seriously hurt or weakened
- The referee stops the contest before 10 is counted due to the condition of the opponent
- A boxer is unable to continue fighting
- On the doctor’s recommendation if a boxer has been injured or seriously weakened
Try out Muay Thai today!
Here are some tips to get you started
WHAT TO WEAR
- Comfortable, sporty outfit
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Thai Shorts
- Muay Thai Boxing Gloves
- Head Gear
- Mouth guard
- Shin pads
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
- Hand Wraps
- Jump Rope
- Groin Protector
- Ankle supports
- Naman Muay