Muay Thai ("Thai Boxing") is the Thai name for an indigenous form of martial artsoutheast Asian countries including Cambodia (where it is Pradal Serey), Myanmar (where it is generally known as Lethwei ) and Malaysia (where it is known as tomoi). practiced in several
It is the national sport of Thailand.
Traditional Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand as a martial art used by the military. The military style of Muay Thai is called Lerdrit, while today's "Sport Muay Thai" slightly varies from the original art and uses kicks and punches in a ring and with gloves similar to those used in western boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as "The Science of Eight Limbs", as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art. A master practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight points of contact, as opposed to the four points (fists, feet) in many other forms of martial arts. This effectively gives the practitioner the ability to debilitate opponents with any combination of the eight limbs.