About muay thai
Known as "the art of eight limbs" because it uses fists, elbows, knees, and kicking, Muay Thai or Thai boxing is a martial art that originated in Thailand more than 800 years ago.
Muay Thai was developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon. It is a centuries-old mandatory training as part of the Thai military. The military trained soldiers in the art of Muay Thai for efficient hand-to-hand combat for the wars against the Burmese, Cambodians, and others.
Muay Thai uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. This physical and mental discipline of Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the past 50 years, when practitioners defeated renowned competitors of other martial arts.
Today, Muay Thai has become increasingly popular around the world for men and women because of the physicality and discipline it requires. Siam Muay Thai trainers have all trained in Thailand under various Kru (teachers) and follow the traditional training techniques and discipline used in Thailand.
NO SHOES REQUIRED
In a traditional Muay Thai gym, such as Regina's Siam Muay Thai, you leave your shoes at the door and do your training in bare feet. No shoes or socks required. The gym floor is covered in thick mats for training and is diligently cleaned and vacuumed on a regular basis. Not only is training in bare feet a traditional way to do Muay Thai, but it is also good for strengthening your feet, for grip and balance.