MUAI – The original Muay Thai Boran
MUAI (also DTIE MUAI, MUAI DUEKDAMMBAN or “the original Muay Boran”) is traditional boxing using the four bodily weapons, fist, foot, elbow and knee.
In order to survive in times of peace, Pahuyuth Free-Warriors held improvisational fights with punches, kicks, elbows and knees from about 900 AD.
This resulted in a new fighting method called MUAI, from which the Thai national sport Muay Thai (Thaiboxing) and other Southeast Asian fighting styles (e.g. Bokator, Pradal Serey, Lethwei, Muay Lao, etc.) were derived.
As a direct spin-off of LING LOM, MUAI proved to be extremely effective in hand-to-hand combat, which is why it was brought back into Pahuyuth by the Free-Warriors and is preserved in its original form until the present day.
Due to its unique origin, MUAI can be called the “original Muay Boran” (ancient muay).
In the beginner level, MUAI is practiced with 8oz. boxing gloves. From the intermediate level onwards, they are left off and advanced students also include ground combat techniques from LING LOM.
By focusing on unregulated and limitless fighting with bare fists, MUAI is ideally suited for modern self-defense purposes and offers students a practical introduction into Pahuyuth.