Muay Thai is known as “The Art of Eight Limbs” as you strike with your hands, elbows, knees and shins. It is the national sport of Thailand and is renowned as the world’s most brutal ring sport. It was born in the 16th century in Thailand. Famous Thai fighter, Nai Khanomtom, was captured by the Burmese in 1767 and defeated ten Burmese fighters to gain his freedom, and so began the fame of Muay Thai. The full contact nature of Muay Thai makes it excellent for conditioning. The direct, simple and devastating techniques make it one of the toughest martial arts to compete in. Therefore, Muay Thai is a favored stand up martial art for MMA fighters. MMA fighters train Muay Thai to condition themselves and learn total stand up fighting techniques that include punches, kicks, elbows and knees, as well as clinch work.