The Art of Eight Limbs
Muaythai uses eight contact points which mimic other weapons of war.
1. The hands – These represent daggers and swords
2. Shins and forearms – Muaythai boxers are trained to harden the shins and forearms and they represent the Armour with which to ward off blows.
3. Elbows – Elbows are used to knock down opponents as with a mace or hammer.
4. Legs and knees – These are the axe and staff of Muaythai fighters.
Fighters are trained to use the body and mind as one unit defending and attacking in one synchronized, fluid and courageous fighting style