What is a close-range fighter (Muai Sann)?

A close-range fighter (Muai Sann) is a Muai fighter who mainly uses basic techniques (Mae Mai) and technical variants (Look Mai) suitable for close-range combat (elbows and knees). The opposite of Muai Sann is called Muai Yao (distance fighter).


Muai Sann is not a specific fighting style, but an attribute attributed to a fighter.

In earlier times bets were placed on the successful implementation or thwarting of techniques. The outcome of a fight was secondary, because the real fascination was to see whether a fighter could successfully enforce his techniques and tactics or not. It was only through the industrialization of Muay Thai that the focus shifted to points, victories and defeats that were easy for the masses to understand.

For connoisseurs of the matter, for example, the question of whether a close-range fighter (Muai Sann) would succeed in overcoming the range of a long-range fighter (Muai Jau) and getting into close combat may have been interesting.

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