Traditions and Rules of Muay Thai
While King Rama V (1853-1910) popularized and established Thai boxing as the national sport, it would continue to evolve into what we now know as Muay Thai. With the introduction of British Boxing in Thailand, Muay Thai began borrowing many of its rules for its own development. Thailand built its first stadium in 1921 thus ending its tradition of holding competition in an open court. Under the reign of King Rama VII (1925-1935), rounds, weight classes, gloves, point systems and the like emerged further formalizing the sport. Muay Thai kept many of its traditions, however, that have made the art uniquely Thai. This article will cover many of the unique traditions and rules of Muay Thai.