I used to box in high school and university and have a special admiration for Thai kickboxing, or Muay Thai, sometimes referred to as the martial art of eight limbs, the fighter’s entire body simulating weapons of war.
These kickboxers are light(40-60 kilos), muscular, and amazingly fast, fighting with hands, feet, knees and elbows.
The martial art traces back to the 16th century and was made famous in 1767 when the legendary fighter Nai Khanomtom won freedom in hand-to-hand combat with his Burmese captors. Part of the attractiveness of watching Muay Thai includes the ritual preceding each bout, when fighters enter and parade around the ring wearing colorful armbands and Mongkol, a decorative headband meaning holy spirit, luck and protection.
All the best,
Warren J. Devalier