Muay Thai is often regarded as one of the most effective striking martial arts in the world and is especially renowned in the context of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
It is acknowledged for its speed, efficiency, and power, as well as for offering a diverse range of techniques including punches, elbows, kicks, knees, and spinning combinations. Its comprehensive approach to striking, utilizing all limbs, earns it the moniker "The Art of Eight Limbs" and positions it as a formidable art for stand-up combat.
While Muay Thai is sometimes compared to kickboxing, they are considered distinct by practitioners, with Muay Thai often coming out ahead in such comparisons as the superior striking art.
Its effectiveness is not just theoretical; it has been proven in the demanding arenas of both competition and real-life situations over centuries, and its techniques are integral to MMA, a sport that combines various martial arts disciplines. The use of eight points of contact—fists, elbows, knees, and feet—is a distinctive feature that is heavily utilized in MMA striking.