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Learn Thai | Muay Thai (Thai Boxing)

By May 6, 2010March 16th, 2019No Comments

Thai Boxing, Muay ThaiMuay Thai | Thai Boxing

Muay Thai is a Thai martial art which came into existence in the 15th or 16th century. Muay Thai is known by foreigners as ‘kickboxing’ or Thai Boxing because it involves kicking. Besides feet and fists, elbows and knees are also used.

The first famous Thai boxer was Mr. Khanom Dtom who was captured as a prisoner pf war during the Ayuthaya period. Khanom Dtom received his freedom by defeating about ten Burmese soldiers in hand to hand fighting.

Thai boxers and their trainers are very close to each other. The boxers have great respect for their trainers, which they express before every match by performing a boxing dance in the ring in honour of their trainer. It normally takes about five minutes and is accompanied by music from a Pii instrument. Each boxer has different dance movements.

Today, Muay Thai is popular among foreigners, both visitors and those overseas. Some only like to watch. Some want to learn. There are many Thai boxing schools all over the world.

Thai Boxing programs are broadcast regularly on television. Now Thai people abroad who have installed a special satellite dish can watch Thai boxing shows and other programs from Thailand that are broadcast via the Thai TV Global Network.

 Vocabulary (คำศัพท์)

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Thai

Phonetics

Thai boxing

มวยไทย

muay-tai

martial art

ศิลปการต่อสู้

sĭn-lá-bpà gaan-dtɔ̀ɔ-sûu

century

ศตวรรษ

sàt-dtà-wát

kicking

การเตะ

gaan-dtè

foot/feet

เท้า

táo

knees

เข่า

kào

fists

กำปั้น

gam-bpân

elbow

ศอก

sɔ̀ɔk

boxer

นักมวย

nák-muai

respect

เคารพ

kao-róp

famous

มีชื่อเสียง

mii-chᵾ̂ᵾ-sĭang

fighting

การสู้/การต่อสู้

gaan-(dtɔ̀ɔ)-sûu

freedom

อิสรภาพ

ìt-sà-rà-pâap

prisoner

นักโทษ

nák-tôot

boxing dance

รำมวยไทย

ram-muay-tai

boxing trainer

ครูมวยไทย

kruu-muay-tai

By Prae

Thai Language Teacher