History of Kickboxing Martial Arts

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Fighting Is Art
Since the dawn of time, man has had to fight for one reason or another. There has been war using weapons, sword fights between individuals, and then there are modern day wars battled out in the cage. Kickboxing has had many uses in the past, but it is one of the most popular sports in today’s culture. It is a very useful skill to learn. There is no mistake that martial arts are dangerous, but if properly taught, a perfectly disciplined warrior will be a result. Warrior may not have the same meaning as it used to, but fighters are as close to a warrior as possible in modern time. Trained fighters are always toughened mentally and physically to a near superhuman extent. Bones are hardened, muscles are developed, and a tough heart and mind is required to undergo such training. There is no such thing as a trained fighter without “heart”. Kickboxing is one of the most popular sports in the world and has been for many years. Kickboxing dates back nearly two-thousand years ago in Asian countries; each style has its own history and application, but they were all developed in their relative motive to express ones’ self, and culture. Styles of kickboxing have been used on actual battlefields. The training was used to replace weapons, and transform their own body into an actual deadly trained and unstoppable weapon in almost any kind of battle in Asia. Kickboxing is likely the most difficult sport to excel in because of the rigorous training and motivation that it requires to be a professional fighter. Overall, kickboxing has a rich history and many uses in the past, and can teach an immense amount of information. More than two-thousand years ago, kickboxing started in Asia. The very first forms of kickboxing in existence were Muay Thai and early forms of karate, kung fu, and tae kwon do fighting styles. All of these fighting styles were integrating swift and crushing movements using the hands and feet, and in certain fighting styles, elbows and knees. These fighting styles were used for multiple purposes. Some were used as self-defense, like the monks in Asian monasteries that were frequently attacked by plunderers and enemies; or for use in war like Muay Thai in major battles to pummel their enemies with the hardest bones in their body. The history of the most dangerous, and applicable martial art, Muay Thai, is an important part of Thailand where it was first created. Much of the history of Muay Thai was lost in libraries and documents of Thailand were ransacked, and burned down by the Burmese people ("History of Muay Thai and Muay Thai Training."). Even though they were burned, many books and documents remain about the history, invention, and integration of Muay Thai in sport, and military. Muay Thai translates roughly to “The Art of Eight Limbs” which uses the limbs to replace weapons of war ("History of Muay Thai and Muay Thai Training"). The first Thai army was created in 1238 near a city called Sukhothai. There were many wars and battles in the area caused by conflicts with neighboring kingdoms and villages. They were referred to as the Siamese army and they were instructed in hand-to-hand combat and how to use blunt and blade weapons ("History of Muay Thai and Muay Thai Training"). The use of the body as a weapon evolved into modern day Muay Thai fighting. The old rulers of Thailand were great enthusiasts of the fighting, and that is why Muay Thai has advanced. Kings would set up sanctioned matches between the best Muay Thai kick boxers. This is where the “ring” was introduced ("History of Muay Thai and Muay Thai Training"). The ring was created by laying a rope on the ground in shape of a circle or a square for the fighters to stay in while they fought. The fighters used hemp rope to wrap their hands and provide a good brace for the wrists and ankles; these were also used to prevent joint injury. Old Muay Thai fights were fought with no time limits or weight limits...
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