MUAYTHAI is Thailand’s national sport which originated at the same time as the kingdom. In the olden days, it was regularly practiced by soldiers for close-up fighting. It was also trained together with the double and single swords. MUAYTHAI is played in leisure times when not carried out in wars. Nai-Kanom-Tom was the most famous boxer in the first era of the Ayutthaya period. As for the last era of the period, Pra-Jao-Sia, Khun-Luang-Sorasak, Pra-Kao-Taksin and Prayapichai-Dabhak was the most famous of them all. In the Ratanakosin era, Suan-Jao-Chet arena and Suan Kularb arena are among the first boxing rings of the period. In the early days, Kad-Chuak boxing was very popular. Kad-chuak boxing is the form of fighting in which one needs to tie a rope around the fist instead of using present days boxing gloves.
In the year 1231, Nai-Kanom-Tom was a prisoner of war in Myanmar. The Burmese arrested him in the Ayutthaya era when it was Thailand’s former capital city. Nai-Kanom-Tom, a great warrior, fought one on one with the finest boxer of Myanmar without resting. Eventually, he was finally defeated by their 10th warrior. King Mung-Ra of Myanmar, praised his talent and uttered about how Thais are small sized men but is filled with much danger and can conquer 9 to 10 men with their bear hands. King Mung-Ra granted Nai-Kanom-Tom his independence and he immediately return home to Ayutthaya. He was warmly welcomed and recognized as a hero.
MUAYTHAI has long been supported by The Thai Navy. Soldiers are strictly required to learn and use its techniques. The Navy constantly needs to practice this close-up form of fighting. Although it is the art of combating in battle fields, all Thais both men and women, have high awareness to MUAYTHAI. MUAYTHAI has become one of the most popular sports for quite a long period of time to people, the army and even to the kings. People from all walks of life rich, poor, old or young are all interested in this skill. MUAYTHAI on all battle arenas always comes with prizes as well as the ring’s champion. What actually follows is the common practice of gambling which accompanies many kinds of sports. MUAYTHAI competition is an activity which provides the boxer great income since Sukkothai, Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin period.