If you are thinking of picking up this wonderful sport, perhaps you can start with learning more about the different pieces of clothing or equipment that you may need.
But first, let's learn what Muay Thai is all about and what this sport can do for you.
Muay Thai is a form of unarmed combat that has become the National sport of Thailand.
In the past, this form of combat was mainly practiced to be used in battle and for self defense.
Of course, all that is in the past now.
Today, Muay Thai has evolved to become a form of sports entertainment.
Those who are interested in this sport can also pick it up to strengthen one's physique and for self defense purposes.
One of the reasons why Muay Thai is so exciting to watch is that many moves are passed down from generation to generation.
In other words, these are real moves that were used in the past by Thailand's ancestors and till today, they are still considered as some of the most dangerous moves in the world of martial art.
These moves involve the use of one's hands, legs, elbows, and knees.
In the past, Muay Thai was a lot more dangerous sport to participate in.
There were few rules, and even the head could be utilized for an attack.
Today, the rules are meant to protect the participants.
Therefore, using the head is not allowed.
Also, for safety reasons, groin hitting is also not allowed.
Before an official fight, a ritual dance is performed as a type of prayer for safety and victory.
One referee is present to enforce the rules.
At any point during the fight, the referee has the right to intervene and stop the fight.
Muay Thai fighters have traveled the globe to show off their fighting skills.
Many western foreigners, after seeing the art of Muay Thia, were intrigued by this sport.
Many wanted to study the art and some even travelled all the way to Thailand to watch the fights in its most original flavor.
To pick up Muay Thai, you have to start with the clothing and equipment.
Fortunately, this is a simple sport that doesn't require complicated items.
The most basic items you need are a pair of boxing gloves, a pair of Muay Thai style shorts, gum shield for teeth protection and groin shield for groin protection.
Note that there are different types of gloves available.
For example, you will find sparing, fight and bag gloves.
If unsure, start with a pair of sparing gloves as those can be used for several purposes.
That is not true for fight and bag gloves.
A good mouth guard tends to cost a little more but can offer more protection.
Punches and kicks to the face are common in this sport and a mouth guard can prevent teeth from being knocked off.
Although groin hitting is disallowed, accidents do happen.
So make sure you equip yourself with a piece of groin guard.
The above are basic items that you need to get started.
In an actual fight, you may see the Pra-Jit being worn in the upper arm and the Mong-kon being worn on the head.
You do not really need these unless you are in a fight.