Muay Thai is the National Sport of Thailand and is part of its cultural heritage where it has strong Buddhist links. Originally this warrior art saw the use of weapons as well as empty handed self defense on battlefields; the art is known to be as much 3000 years old.
In the early days fights were decided on when first blood was drawn and sometimes went on to the death. The fighters wore cotton cloth wrapped around their hands which was dipped in glue and rolled in sand and broken glass.
A big transformation took place in the 1930s when boxing gloves were introduced and the fights began to be fought over rounds with rests between. A system of weight categories was introduced with fists, feet, knees and elbows permitted.
Thai boxing is now hugely popular in Thailand with daily fights in the main stadiums in Bangkok and on TV. In the UK it is highly popular with competitions every weekend all over the country.
A number of British Fighters are competing all over the world at the highest level including several fighters from Bad Company.