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Muay Thai is a martial art and combat sport originated from Thailand. It was initially created as a way to protect ancient emperors from enemies, and it slowly began to spread to other means of use. There are many different varieties of Muay Thai, and many different ways to train using it.
Muay Thai is characterized by the combined use of fists (Chok), elbows (Ti sok), kicks (Te), knees (Ti khao), and foot-thrust (Thip), along with various clinching and neck wrestling techniques (Chap kho). Almost all techniques in Muay Thai use the entire body movement, rotating the hip with each kick, punch, elbow and block.
The elbow strike is considered the most dangerous form of attack in Muay Thai. The elbow can be used in several ways as a striking weapon: horizontal, diagonal-upwards, diagonal-downwards, uppercut, downward, backward-spinning and flying. From the side it can be used as either a finishing move or as a way to cut the opponent's eyebrow so that blood might block his vision. When well connected, an elbow strike can cause serious damage to the opponent.
- Mokujin - Through mimicry.
- Tetsujin - Through mimicry.
- Unknown - Tekken Tag Tournament only; through mimicry.
- Kinjin - Through mimicry.
- Muay Thai is recognized as a very effective striking base within MMA, and is very widely practiced among mixed martial artists, such as Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Maurício Rua, Jose Aldo and many others.
- Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, a very successful 2003 Thai martial arts action film, starred Tony Jaa as an extremely skilled Muay Thai pratictioner.
- Muay Thai pratictioners in other fighting games include Sagat and Adon from the Street Fighter series (Sagat was known in the main games' storyline as "The King of Muay Thai"), Joe Higashi and Hwa Jai from the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series, Brad Burns from the Virtua Fighter series, Jax Briggs from the Mortal Kombat series and Zack from the Dead or Alive series.
- Muay Thai at Wikipedia