THE ART OF MUAY THAI
Muay Thai is a form of close combat fighting with unique characteristics in the utilization of nine body parts as weapons called the “Nine Weapons”, which comprise the use of the head, two hands, two elbows, two knees and two feet. There are 108 fighting methods for defense and offense divided into six methods for the head, 24 for the hands, 30 for both elbows, 12 for the knees and 36 for the feet. The striking of the nine weapons is based on the principles of physics from centrifugal force, momentum, flexibility, to angling as well as shielding and attacking with the toughest part of the body to absorb impact and to achieve the most vicious results, which may result in a fatal blow to the opponents.
Apart from being a vicious fighting principle, Muay Thai is also
considered an art form, a martial art that combines grace and flow, accompanied by rhythmic music from musical instruments; namely, Javanese clarinets, double-headed drums, and cymbals.