Do you live in Melbourne, Australia? Are you looking for Muay Thai classes? This historic martial art is as complex as it is fascinating and those who practice it become true believers not only in the way they approach combat but the culture behind the discipline.

If you are looking for the best places to practice Muay Thai Melbourne and want to learn more about the history of the discipline, keep reading!

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The History of Muay Thai

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Many people who are passionate about martial arts have heard of Muay Thai. Some of them might even know a thing or two about the sport and its deep focus on tradition and culture. But, what is the true history behind Muay Thai? Where did it come from? Keep reading to know more.

Muay Thai has a heritage of hundreds of years and is considered a truly ancient tradition in Thai culture. There are many many different versions of the history, but the one thing that all the sources agree on is that it was the primary and most effective method of self-defence that was used by Thai warriors on battlefields and wars.

During this time, “Chupasart” was written. Chupasart is a warfare manual that talks about martial uses of each body part. The main philosophy behind the manual is to understand that fighting is not only using weapons but actually having a connection between mind, body and soul.

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But, when was the first time that it was actually practiced as a sport? The first time it was done away from the battlefield was during the reign of King Prachao Sua (1697-1709 A.D.). He had a great love for combat and he often fought incognito in local village contests.

This was also a great way to keep the army busy and in shape when the nation was at peace. These were the first competitions that started popping up across Thailand.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, men continued to teach the Muay Thai fighting style to their sons. It was historically brutal, which meant that many men died in fights. This was a 'survival of the fittest' selection, since it left only the most accomplished fighters to pass on their knowledge.

Later on, during the 19th century, King Rama V (who was hugely passionate about the value of Muay Thai and worked hard to promote it nationally) organized tournaments all over the country. Afterwards, the victors were often selected to become personal bodyguards to the king.

It was during the First World War that Thai fighters were sent to stations in Europe and in particular France, where Muay Thai fights were put on to boost morale. Many of the local French boxers would often get involved, and would start to spread the news about it.

In the early 1930s, it was officially codified, with rules and regulations being created and introduced into the sporting world, to make Muay thai an international sport of the early 20th century and a safe ring discipline.

In 2016, Muay Thai received provisional recognition as an Olympic sport. This means that the sport will receive $25,000 USD annually from the Olympic committee.

After three years, the sport can then apply to become part of the Olympic games. Whilst the first application was rejected, it is still possible that we may yet see Muay Thai become an Olympic sport in the future!

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Muay Thai Boxing Gym Near Me

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Melbourne, Australia has a big offer of martial arts gyms that carry classes with experienced teachers and state of the art facilities.

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If you are interested in joining a gym so you can dive into this practice, check out some of the options that are available to you:

  • Dynamite Muay Thai: located at Level 1, 388 Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000. Between Elizabeth and Queen Streets. They collaborate the teachings of Muay Chaiya and Muay Korat. According to their website: "Fun, fitness or competition all students are trained in Conditioning and Fitness regardless of age or experience. The method of training is padwork, correct technique execution, pad holding, conditioning, sparring and fitness drills."
  • KT Muay Thai: they specialise in group classes, personal training and fighters training using only the skills of pure and authentic Thai kickboxing. Their idea is to make sure that all beginners have a strong basic foundation and eventually progress into more advanced stages. They teach Muay Thai with a varied approach: from personal fitness, self defence, fight philosophy to the artistic beauty of the discipline. They have also been part of the Thai food and cultural festival in the past few years, where they perform the Wai Khru - an act of respect to the teachers and trainers in the Thai culture performed by fighters before a fight. This is also something that they teach for those students interested.
  • North Melbourne Boxing & Fitness: this gym is located at 64 Sutton Street North Melbourne. Their facilities are equipped with a 400sqm of matted training floor, 26 retractable heavy bags, 2 boxing rings, training equipment, weights, equipment sales, with showers & lockers for your convenience. Their classes are structured to teach you the skills and fitness used to train and compete in Boxing, Kickboxing & Muay Thai. Sessions place emphasis on calorie expenditure and fat burning to assist you in achieving better health & fitness whilst improving strength & power.
  • Prestige Gym: the idea of Predrag Galic, the person behind this gym, was to open a training facility orientated towards fighters, but also not neglect the general public who want to enjoy the discipline without having to compete. They specialise in the striking arts of boxing, Muay Thai and kickboxing. The Prestige method is built around the concept of strong foundations. They have a strong emphasis on the fundamentals and look to instill in their students the following values: respect for the disciplines and other competitors, personal improvement and greater self-awareness, combat sports to be only used for self-defence out of the ring, psychological drive and fortitude and physical strength as a result and in connection with the above four principles.
  • Melbourne Fight Club: as part of their Muay Thai classes, they aim to teach you footwork, defensive techniques, punching, and kicking while also developing your confidence. Once you develop an understanding of the techniques, you will be allowed to train in the intermediate classes where we will help you refine and develop your style further. In order to start, you will need to book an Introductory Personal Training (PT) session with one of their master trainers where you will spend the 45-minute session getting ready for your first class. In this class, they will teach you how to execute the correct basic technique and help you feel comfortable with the style before attending your first class.
  • Morakot Muay Thai Gym: this gym advertise themselves as having one of the most experienced faculties in Australia. According to their website: "Morakot has the most experienced instructor team available anywhere in Australia. The Morakot Instructor Team has over 500 fights experience. With 40+ classes per week, Morakot has the largest and most convenient class schedules in Australia. The award-winning Morakot facility is a state-of-the-art, modern facility. Morakot has won multiple World Championships in Muay Thai."
  • Kombat Cardio: This gym offers classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for $15 dollars. They teach fundamental Muay Thai and Kickboxing techniques with an aim to improve physical endurance, technique in striking and kicking. They have both beginner level Muay Thai classes as well as advanced level. You can find them at 50 Regent St Oakleigh (BOXERS CORP), VIC 3166.
  • Bayside Brazilian Jiu Jitsu: Bayside Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is one of the most progressive and competitive BJJ academies in the Bayside area. According to their website, their 'club is a well equipped state of the art academy that provides our members with a 210 sqm training area with modern facilities and equipment.' 

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