A martial arts developed in Thailand, even as a modern sport its very effective. developed from Krabi Krabong, it became Muay Boran and had a lot more moves in its arsenal. the system was based on the fact that if u lose ur weapons during war, u have to quickly dispose of ur opponent becuz there might be more comin towards u, which is why the moves were developed to be so powerful that it can kill the enemy in one strike. The practice was kept up largely by Buddhist monks who were the keepers and teachers of all arts both practical and spiritual. Temples began holding fights during festive occasions. As every Thai man is expected to live as a monk at least once in his life the art grew in popularity among common people, so much so that it was said that any man worth his salt would practice it.
now as a sport it is very popular, and a main source of income for sum familys in thailand. its name Muay Thai basically means Thai Boxing or Thai fist, its sumtimes viewed as an insult if u say kickboxing instead or Thai Kickboxing, though it is forgiven as ignorance is bliss (yet u look retarded to my ppl.. and asia.. and ppl who know about martial arts...)
Japanese kickboxing was developed from Muay Thai, just without the Thai parts (music, Ram Muay etc) and has kept the same moves and principle, famous praticioners are alot of the Japanese fighters in K-1 lol (MASATO!!!!)
it has nuthin to do wit american kickboxing, becuz that came from an american who "learned" karate, so ppl who wanted full contact can have it, and yet bitched about muay thai havin knees and elbows WEN KARATE HAS THEM TOO!!!, and is a gr8 shame to the martial arts world (poor japanese, myt aswell go and learn boxercise) please dnt be offended, its just u guys show off for no reason wit ur stars on ur trousers and... thats all u got, and they look terrible and has no reason AND U GOT PADS FUCKIN PADS ON UR FEET THAT AINT FULL CONTACT ITS JUST OVER THE TOP SPARRING...
Muay Thai - "Every part of the Thai is blessed with venom. Even with his bare hands, he can fell nine or ten opponents. But his Lord was incompetent and lost the country to the enemy. If he would have been any good, there was no way the City of Ayutthaya would ever have fallen."