Muay Thai Boran (traditional Thai fighting) is the mother Martial Art that has recently developed, from 1932, into a combat sport which is appreciated world wide and known as Thai Boxing or Muay Thai.
Originally “Muay” was the art and science of fighting the fight, as visualized and developed by the ancient Siamese Masters. Traditional Muay owes its origins to ancestral fighting methods of the people of Siam, elaborated and refined thanks to a continous process of trial and correction. Pichaiyuth, Dti Muay, Pahuyuth, Sillapha Muay, Mai Muay Thai and Muay Kard Chiek: under these and other labels the gruelling Siamese bare handed techniques of body to body combat have been practised for centuries, united today with the common name of Muay Boran.
Consecutive developments of Thai Martial Arts have followed distinct phases and have been subdivided according to the varying techniques imposed upon the fighters during the ‘sporting’ matches that occur in times of peace.
That is to say what is generally labelled Muay Boran is actually a masterly melange of elements characteristic of different technical settings defined by scholars as the Regional Style (for example; Muay Chaiya, Muay Korat, Muay Lopburi, Muay Luang, Muay Uttaraditt or Muay Ta Sao) and fighting principles that follow a common logic, (like the White Monkey techniques or those of a purely military field of battle battlefield style such as the Muay Ler Dritt) made current and usable by a modern western disciple thanks to a well informed system of teaching.In this sense it is correct to say that present-day Muay Boran is at the same time both an ancient and modern discipline: ancient because of it’s strategies and traditional techniques which date back to ancient times and modern due to the codification of a diverse and diffuse technical background formed in contemporary times by experts and scholars of Siamese martial Muay Thai traditions immersed in the reality of today and directed towards future development.
It was Thai Grand Master Chinawooth Sirisompan’s vision of the need for a coherent structure, that led to the patented first versionof traditional Muay Thai technical program after numerous attempts around 1990. The program was articulated and subdivided into levels called “Khan” and as such formed the basic structure of the official curriculum that is now followed by International Muay Boran Academy’s associates across Europe and America.
The result of this continued close cooperation between Grand Master Sirisompan and italian Arjarn Marco De Cesaris , is to have perfectly adapted a traditional Siamese Martial Art to the realistic requirements of western practitioners: self-defence, fitness, self confidence, cultural study and eventually a tough fighting sport. When East and West meet, with mutual respect, the best of both worlds emerges.
From a technical stand point Muay Boran is based on the scientific use of the nine body weapons (2 fists, 2 legs, 2 knees, 2 elbows and the head) to attack and defend. Attacks are executed by striking all parts of the opponent’s body, moreover additional techniques include grappling, throwing to the ground, gripping and twisting the opponent’s limbs to break or damage joints.