Muay Thai or “the art of eight limbs” is a combat sport which originated in Thailand and became known internationally in the 20th century. It was called the art of 8 limbs because it uses fists, elbows, knees, and shins.
Muay Thai is not very popular in the country which is why the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) has conducted various grass-rooting in some parts of the country. Last year, I happened to meet their Head Coach, Claro and one of their best fighters, Manuel Christopher Delos Reyes when they conducted grass-rooting in Naval, Biliran. They showed how the Muay Thai is done at the Naval State University Gym starting with the ritual dance to show respect and then the actual fight. They likewise picked some students and taught them the basic techniques of the sport. [Read more…]