The history of Muay Thai is interwoven with the Thai people. This gentle peace-loving race had to defend themselves and their land from aggressive powers.
Muay Thai was developed so that hand-to-hand combat using arms, legs, knees, and elbows could be used as weapons during the many battles the Thai people had to face with Burma.
From those days up until the early part of the last century, fighters used horsehide strips instead of gloves. It was also a practice at one time to grind pieces of glass into the strips if both contestants agreed. Since these practices were dangerous to the fighters' health, regular boxing gloves were introduced in early part of the last century and have been used ever since.
Muay Thai is a martial art in which every part of the body can become weapons of combat. Like most competitive martial arts, Muay Thai has a heavy focus on body conditioning. Muay Thai is specifically designed to promote a very high level of fitness and toughness. Training camps have been set up around the world and the art of Muay Thai continues to be the champion of martial arts.