Muay Thai Training Guide

Women Muay Thai

Modernized Muay Thai is the integration of several different types of "muays" from all around Thailand. Several centuries ago, the people of Thailand had to develop tactics to defend themselves from invaders. Eventually Muay Thai became such an effective hand to hand combat style that the King Naresuan made it a required training for all of Thailand's military. This was in the 1500's, but Muay Thai is still a cherished part of Thailand's culture, and a well practiced martial art form.

Historically, women were not involved with the art of Muay Thai. In fact, they were banned from the sport for several centuries, and female fighters have only become more popular within the last 30-40 years. The Thai people were superstitious about women fighters, saying that they ruined the skills of male fighters, which would leave the man vulnerable. With the recent rise in mixed martial arts popularity, women Muay Thai fighters are finally getting the opportunity to show off their skills.

When it comes time for the actual fight, women's competitions are just as extreme as the men's. It all begins with a Ram Muay, which is a ceremonial prayer dance that each fighter will do to show respect for elders, trainers, and the audience. After the peaceful beginning, the fight begins and can be extremely violent. With the combination of minimal padding and flurries of punches, kicks, elbows and knees, the sport is just as intense for the women fighters. Thailand has even certified a number of women's boxing schools, and has generally recognized that female Muay Thai fighters are here to stay.