Muay Boran Martial Art
For many Martial Art lovers, Muay Thai is one of the most popular Martial Art skill they have either heard of or been involved in. However, not many people are aware of Muay Boran which is the originator of Muay Thai and other traditional Boxing skills. Muay Boran which translates to “ancient boxing” is the most ancient fight skill that employs different parts of the body including elbows, the fist, the head, forearms, feet and knees. Fighters can fight with or without any additional weapons like staffs, swords and pikes.
In the ancient times, the martial art was used for protecting the community and in the battlefield combats especially where weapons were not used. There some clear differences between Muay Thai and Muay Boran in that the latter has no limitations, regulations or boundaries, something that you find in Muay Thai. Boxers participating in Muay Boran can use limitless techniques. While as it was used during combat with the end results being to main, kill or incapacitate the enemy, today the boxing style has been used as a sport and streamlined for more efficiency.
Each blow used in the arts is aimed to achieve maximum efficiency and therefore the techniques are more focused. The main goal is to neutralize the opponent as fast as possible using extremely powerful punches, knees, elbows and kicking techniques in combination. During training, boxers are taught to master the techniques which must be executed at full speed and in full force. The techniques can be executed while the boxer is in a grapping mode on the floor and while standing. Muay Boran has different unique styles that have changed over the years including Muay Thasoa in North Thailand which emphasizes on speed, in particular swift kicks.
Other styles include Muay Lopburi originating from central Thailand with emphasis on technical, crafty movements involving hooks and straight punches. There is also East Thailand’s Muay Korat which emphasizes on power with a unique style of “throwing buffalo a punch” aimed at the opponent’s neck or head and South Thailand’s Muay Chaiya which focuses on the use of defense and good posture with the use of knee and elbow strikes.
Based on different posts, reviews and comments, boxers regard Muay Boran as effective Martial Arts where those who become masters have to fully comprehend all the components involved in different techniques before progressing to the next level of training. You can learn more about Muay Boran and other forms of Muay arts in an academy or seminars especially where facilitation is done by people who understand the traditional and customs of the boxing combat well.