For the Strikers: Why Does Muay Thai Continue to Be So Popular?

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The nation of Thailand is one that has a very deep sense of sense and culture. What most people (and us, incidentally) find so fascinating about Thailand is the fact that this is the birthplace of Muay Thai. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of Muay Thai, it is a martial art which utilizes sharp strikes using fists, forewarms, elbows, knees, and shins.

In the world of popular culture, the character of Sagat in Street Fighter utilizes this particular style. Muay Thai is a very popular form of martial art and is greatly used in the world of competitive Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). Since there is no denying the fact that it is enjoying massive popularity, we couldn’t help but wonder why. In our exploration, we’ve found a few good reasons why:

Most anyone can do it

Muay Thai is one of the best martial arts to choose regardless of your body type. While there are some that say that Muay Thai is for tall people, we beg them to remember that this originated in Asia where the average height rarely goes above 5’11 feet.

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Muay Thai is all about the eight strike points: two hands, two elbows, two knees, and two shins. That is what you need to join this martial art and since most people have these naturally, they can join the art form with very little trouble.

It is physically demanding

For those who have tried various dieting or fitness regimes but can’t seem to make it stick, Muay Thai is a good choice. As it requires repetitive strikes to build up the striking power, it is quite physically demanding and will work out the whole of the body.

Physical exertion is a great way to release stress and lose some pounds in the process.

Effective form of defense

The world has always seemed a little bit more terrifying lately—especially for women. Muay Thai offers basic striking moves that are effective self-defense moves. More and more people are utilizing the basic move set of this martial art because of its efficacy in keeping the practitioner safe.


Muay Thai is a martial art that spread like wildfire all over the world for a reason. We believe that it will continue to grow in popularity as the years go by. As long as there are people who are in need of protection or an extra boost in their health, Muay Thai will always have people interested in it. We recomended this dobok.

Why do you think Muay Thai is so popular?