The sport of Muay Thai demands discipline and respect. At Nak Muay Thai-Lao, we emphasize both discipline and respect as well as control and technique. Muay Thai is the ancient art from Thailand.
HISTORY OF MUAY THAI
The origin of Muay Thai, as a fighting style, is thought to have developed for centuries as tribes migrated south from the steppes of China through Vietnam, Laos, Burma, and Cambodia. The major tribes of that period, one of which was the (Tai) Siamese, fought fiercely to survive as they moved south and encountered other smaller tribes in what is now northern and central Thailand, and as far south as Malaysia. Through training, loss of life, military tactics, and hand-to-hand combat, technique and tactics were honed to a razors edge, and the rudimentary elements of a “fighting-style” began to take root.
Older soldiers and fathers taught their students and sons the offensive and defensive tactics and techniques, proper posture and position, and skills to enhance awareness. Those students and sons went on to teach their children, and the roots and permanent structure of an “effective fighting-style” began to strengthen. Proper technique and power strikes were a vital element in war that requires hand-to-hand skills. Each strike and movement is meant to deliever a debilitating and crushing blow, and enable the fighter to move on to the next opponent quickly without leaving himself exposed to an attack.
It would seem that the evolution of the most-effective hand-to-hand form of combat evolved in a rather Darwin-like manner demanding survival of the fittest: those who fought well…….lived and taught others before falling themselves.
The Thai were on constant guard against attack from neighboring countries, including Burma and Cambodia. Enemies for centuries, the Burmese and Thai fought several wars wreaking destruction on both countries. Muay Thai was primarily a part of the Thai culture during this period and was a mandatory training as part of the Thai military of that time. The military continued to train soldiers for centuries in the art of Muay Thai: defining, and refining the skills, tactics, and techniques with the wars against the Burmese, Cambodians, and other invaders.
Young Thai men returning from a tour of duty with the military soon engaged in matches for sport and fun in villages and towns. Each province, town, and village would support a local fighter who showed some promise and skill. Older warriors, survivors of many battles and engagements of the enemy, became Muay Thai instructors and teachers [ Kroo Muay]. The love of the sport, and a need for the defense of the kingdom made Muay Thai a part of the Thai culture for the next 500 years as generation after generation passed the skills on to the next.
Master Airr firmly believes that fighters and students should be well trained and well informed about the culture that comes along with the sport of Muay Thai. Not only are fighters expected to be strong and conditioned, they are expected to fight with common sense and intelligence. Fighters should fight clean, they should use good traditional Muay Thai technique, and they should always stay humble.
Our trainers are highly skilled in the martial art of Muay Thai. They work with you on at your pace to grow in technique and skill, whether you are training as a fighter or using Muay Thai as a fitness tool.
Master Airr Phanthip
Master Airr Phanthip is the owner of Nak Muay Thai Lao and an inducted member of the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. In 1978, Master Airr became involved in Muay Thai at a refugee camp in northeastern Ubon, Thailand at the age of 14. He fought numerous times as a junior fighter throughout the country side of Esan, and has continued to train ever since. He has worked and trained with a number of world champions over his 30 years of experience. His goal is to emphasize respect, culture, and physical fitness in his Nak Muay Thai Lao Gym.