Although not being a practitioner of Muay Thai myself, I have a lot of respect and admiration for its traditional forms.

Too many people know only of the ring based one, which IMO really isn't Muay Thai any more. Too much has been removed from the art b/c it just doesn't work for the rules of the ring. It has become a sport rather than an art.

But thankfully there are still places around that teach its traditional forms with those deadlier moves (which may just save your life some day, in a real fight anything goes and rules don't apply, therefor you have to be ready for anything).

I can't emphasize this enough:

Muay Thai is a lot more than just a ring sport.

Good post MattJ! Thanks for digging it up.
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