Muay Thai is a martial art that originates from Thailand. It is a full-contact combat sport that utilise eight points of contact: fists, legs - shins, to be more precise which are much tougher that feet - elbows and knees. That makes it different than most of the other stand up fighting styles like Boxing: two points of contact or Karate, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Capoeira - with four points of contact.
This, and a neck wrestling and clinch techniques, gives a Thai boxer a great advantage over competing fighting styles. He can control and maintain the distance with kicks and punches and, whenever the opportunity arises, close the gap quickly to operate from a clinch delivering elbows and devastating knees to the body.
As you can see it is a very powerful and straightforward set of techniques when executed right.
The answer is simple: because it works!
Effectiveness of Thai boxing is the main reason why it is used widely in a various mixed martial arts competitions, like UFC, and a lot of high rank fighters utilize it in their professional fights. Guys like Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, former UFC heavyweight champion or Jose Aldo current featherweight champion. Inside leg kick is one of the most commonly used attacks in MMA. Elbow strike has its root in Thai boxing also.
Another great thing about it is that it keeps you in a great shape.
And I mean it. There is a huge esteem placed on conditioning and improving stamina during a training and a workouts are crafted to shape your body and to harden your muscles (abdominals, arms and legs).
It is a quickly growing in popularity no-nonsense combat system that you can start training too.
Thai boxing is very effective for self defense for many reasons:
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