The World Games Explained: Muaythai

| August 13, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

We are less than two years away from the World Games 2021 taking place in and around Birmingham. Many are likely unfamiliar with the sports in the World Games, so Alabama NewsCenter is explaining what you can expect to see. Today, we look at Muaythai.

Muaythai boxing is a combat sport that originated in Thailand. The discipline is called the “art of eight limbs” for the use of fists, elbows, knees and shins for combat.

The history of Muaythai can be traced to the middle of the 18th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siam, the famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured in the year 1767. The Burmese knew of his expertise in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom.

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