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The history of Muay Thai can also be traced to the middle of the 18th century. During the battles between the Burmese of the Konbaung Dynasty and Siamthe famous fighter Nai Khanomtom was captured Hook up thai boxing the year The Burmese knew of his Hook up thai boxing in hand-to-hand combat and gave him an opportunity to fight for his freedom.

Nai Khanomtom managed to knock out ten consecutive Burmese contenders. Impressed by his boxing skill, he was freed by his captors and allowed to return to Siam. He was acknowledged as a hero, and his fighting style became known as Siamese-Style boxing, later to be known as Muay Thai.

This fighting style was soon to be recognized as a national sport. Muay boranand therefore Muay Thai, was originally called by more generic names such as Toi muay or simply muay. As well as being a practical fighting technique for use in actual warfare, muay became a sport in which the opponents fought in front of spectators who went to watch for entertainment. These muay contests gradually became an integral part of local festivals and celebrations, especially those held at temples.

Eventually, the previously bare-fisted fighters started wearing lengths of hemp rope around their hands and forearms.

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Kickboxing was also a component of military training and gained prominence during the reign of King Naresuan in CE. Muay Thai is referred to as the "Art of Eight Limbs" or the "Science of Eight Limbs", because it makes use of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes, thus using eight "points of contact", as opposed to "two points" fists in boxing and "four points" hands and feet used in other more regulated combat sports, such as kickboxing and savate.

Western practitioners are sometimes called Nak Muay Farangmeaning "foreign Hook up thai boxing. The ascension of King Chulalongkorn Rama V to the throne in ushered in a golden age not only for muay but for the whole country of Thailand.