Christoph Delp: Autor & Trainer
Christoph Delp
History of Muay Thai
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Muay Thai, also known as Thai-Boxing, is self-defence, competitive sport and fitness sport combined in one. Muay Thai originated as a martial-art for the people of Siam (former name of Thailand) and was used in defence against invaders from neighbouring countries, who were aiming for expansion. The population of Siam fought with swords, lances and Muay Thai techniques. At the time, Muay Thai already proved its efficiency, which is why the techniques can still be applied for self-defence to date.

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Along with the further development of weapons and their decisive influence on armed conflicts, the athletic aspect of Muay Thai gained in importance. Indeed, sports events had already been organised in Siam centuries ago, however, the further development of the techniques for use in times of war had always enjoyed priority over the entertainment of spectators. On account of these developments the rules and procedures of events were standardised and stadiums were built in the 20th century.

The sports events continue to expand more and more and are organised for larger audiences. Events in Thailand by the leading promoter Songchai Ratanasuban turned out to be a particular success, attracting sometimes in excess of 100,000 spectators to watch the fights. Japan features the K-1 events for the world's best heavy-weight fighters, which are regularly won by Muay Thai contenders like Peter Aerts and Ernesto Hoost. The concept of a super league is currently a focal point in Europe. Many good fighters in the lower-weight categories compete and fascinate the audience with their performance.

Since the end of the 20th century, an ever increasing number of fitness athletes are getting interested in Muay Thai. Meanwhile, a large part of society is aware that Muay Thai is not only a means of self-defence, but also an excellent means of training for the fitness components power, stamina, co-ordination, agility and speed. Individuals conscious of their bodies and others, who have to stay fit in order to practise their profession, e.g. models and actors, are looking for ways to train Muay Thai. No wonder that by now sports studios and clubs are offering a large number of courses with and without partner contact to meet the increase in demand and to satisfy their members.

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Muay Thai
ISBN 3-613-50449-9
Pietsch Verlag 06/2004