MUAI (also DTIE MUAI or MUAI DUEKDAMMBAN) is traditional boxing using the four bodily weapons of fist, foot, elbow and knee.
To make a living during times of peace, from approx. 900 AD Pahuyuth free warriors began to stage improvised fights employing punches, kicks and strikes of the elbows and knees. From this arose a new method of fighting called MUAI which later evolved to become the Thai national sport Muay Thai and other Southeast Asian fighting styles.
As a direct spinoff of LING LOM, MUAI proved itself as highly effective in hand-to-hand combat, which is why the ancient free warriors brought it back into Pahuyuth and maintained it in its original form. Due to its unique origin, MUAI can be described as „The original Muay Boran” (ancient Muay).
In the beginners level, MUAI is trained using 8 oz. boxing gloves. From the intermediate level these are left off and the advanced students include ground fighting techniques from LING LOM in their sparring.
Due to the focus on unregulated fighting with bare fists, MUAI is highly suited to modern self-defense purposes and offers students a practical introduction to Pahuyuth.
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