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Going outside the country may be difficult at this time but you definitely deserve an amazing holiday! 

You have now the chance to take a different sort of vacation to put the Covid-19 mess behind you. 

Restart, refocus and return home a better version of yourself right here, at a few kilometres far from home!

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The Tempo of Rounds in Muay Thai

As discussed in our last article, Muay Thai has a very different scoring system. While judges do score rounds individually, the winner is determined based on the fight as a whole. Judges more so use the the scores of each round to keep track of and better judge the entire fight. This is a very confusing concept for many foreigners that are accustomed to the winner being the winner of the most rounds. In Muay Thai, there are two to three rounds that actually determine the fight’s winner: Rounds 3, 4 and less so 5. That doesn’t mean Rounds 1, 2 and 5 don’t matter. This article aims to shed some light on the general tempo of rounds in Muay Thai.

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Muay Thai Scoring

As Muay Thai developed a more codified rule system for competition, it also developed its own scoring system. While Muay Thai’s scoring shares many elements with other combat sports, it is quite unique. The most fundamental difference is in its judging of the competition as a whole as opposed to the accumulation of its individual rounds. As most people are more familiar with boxing anyways, we’ll highlight some of the key components of boxing’s Ten Point Must system before drawing its differences with Muay Thai.

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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.

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Popularization of Muay Thai in Thailand

With the incorporation of Muay Thai into military training under King Naresuan the Great (1590-1604), the fighting art began to take root as an integral part of Thai culture. It wasn’t until later in the century, however, that Muay Thai became popular and established as sport within the Kingdom. King Narai the Great (1656-1688) ruled in the most prosperous period of the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It was a very peaceful period marked by great commercial and diplomatic progress both within the Kingdom and abroad. King Narai heavily promoted culture, art and sports in Thailand. So began the popularization of Muay Thai in Thailand as some of the first boxing camps opened to train professional fighters.

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The Origin of Muay Thai

What we know today of the origin of Muay Thai is unfortunately quite limited and subject to debate. Much of its recorded history was lost 1767 when the Burmese sacked Ayuthaya, then the capital of Siam (Thailand) and destroyed vast troves of written history and artifact. Scholars have associated much of the early origins of Muay Thai to the Tai tribe migrating south from China in the 8th-10th centuries. These tribes moved through Laos, Burma, Cambodia and Vietnam engaged in constant battle for territory.

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