Friday, May 12, 2017

Muay Thai is a combat sport of Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques.  This physical and mental discipline which includes kicking techniques that primarily focuses on the shin as a point of contact is known as “the art of the eight limbs” because it is characterized by the combined use of fists, elbows, knees, and shins being associated with a good physical preparation that makes a full-contact fighter very efficient.  Muay Thai became widespread internationally in the twentieth century, when practitioners defeated notable practitioners of other martial arts.

Although modern day Muay Thai has employed the use of gloves and a rule set that was designed and put together by a sanctioning body to make the sport safer this has not always been the case.  In fact, traditional Muay Thai has very few rules, combatants did not wear gloves, and rounds, as well as the duration within said round, was agreed upon by the combatants and there was not a standard number of rounds or round length.  Some practitioners, even today, feel this is the true essence of Muay Thai and anything less is a bastardization of the sport.

However; there is one Asian country that has taken the sport to an entirely different level by partaking in an even more primal variation of the sport…literally.

That’s right, Orangutans.  Primates can be trained to do an incredible number of not only basic but complex behaviors.  They are one of the more intelligent animals on the planet and have been tasked to do some incredibly bizarre behavior but this may take the cake.

So sit back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful art that is Orangutan Muay Thai!

Jacob C. Stevens is a lifelong athlete and cerebral martial arts enthusiast who is also skilled in the art of linguistic manipulation, his published work, Afterthoughts and Handgrenades, can be found here…

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