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Learn Muay Thai Commonly Used Phrases and Vocabulary

Muay Thai or Thai boxing is one of the most popular sports in Thailand. Nowadays Muay Thai is widespread internationally. The professional league is governed by The Professional Boxing Association of Thailand and the World Muaythai Federation (WMF).

Many tourists come to Thailand to join the Muay Thai sport for a period of time. There are many places that provide Muay Thai courses or camps and the trainers are Thai boxers. Some of the trainers can speak English and can explain how to do various types of kicking, kneeing, punching, and so on.

So in this blog post, I would like to translate commonly used words and phrases of Muay Thai training and competition.

Thai Transcript Translation
เตะ dtaɛ̀ɛ To kick
เตะเข่า dtaɛ̀ɛ-kào Axe Heel Kick
เตะเท้า dtaɛ̀ɛ-táo Kick with foot
เตะเหวี่ยง dtaɛ̀ɛ-wìaang Round kick
เตะกลับหลัง dtaɛ̀ɛ-glàp-lǎng Reverse Roundhouse Kick
กระโดดเตะ grà-dot-dtaɛ̀ɛ Jump Kick
ตี dtii To hit
ตีหมัด dtii-màt To hit with fist
ตีศอก dtii-sɔ̀ɔk Elbow Slash
ต่อย dtɔ̀ɔi To box
ต่อยลม dtɔ̀ɔi-lom Shadow boxing
หมัดหน้า/หมัดแย็บ màt-nâa màt-yɛ́ɛp Jab
หมัดเหวี่ยงสั้น màt-wìaang-sân Hook
หมัดตรง màt-dtrong Cross
ศอก sɔ̀ɔk Elbow
ศอกตัด sɔ̀ɔk-dtàd Horizontal Elbow
ศอกกลับ sɔ̀ɔk-glàp Spinning Elbow
ศอกกลับคู่ sɔ̀ɔk-glàp-kûu Double Elbow Chop
เข่าตรง kào-dtrong Straight Knee Strike
เข่าโค้ง kào-kóong Curving Knee Strike
เข่าลอย kào-lɔɔi Flying Knee
เข่าโดด kào-dòt Jumping knee strike
ถีบตรง tìip-dtrong Straight forward foot push
ถีบข้าง tìip-kâang Sideways Foot-Thrust
ถีบกลับหลัง tìip-glàp-lǎng Reverse Foot-Thrust
กระโดดถีบ grà-dòt-tìip Jumping Foot-Thrust

Other important words:

Thai Transcript Translation
ไหว้ครู wâi-kruu Ceremonial dance of Muay Thai (Respect for teacher)
สนามมวย sà-nǎam-muai Boxing stadium
ค่ายมวย kâai-muai Boxing camp
มุมแดง mum-daeng The red corner
มุมน้ำเงิน mum-nám-ngern The blue corner
กรรมการ gam-má-gaan Referee
กางเกงมวย gang-gaeng-muai Boxer’s trunks
ซ้าย sái left
ขวา kwǎa right
ฟันยาง fan-yaang Mouthguard
ยก yók Round
หยุด yùt Stop
นวม nuam Gloves
ผ้ามัดมือ pâ-mát-mʉʉ Bandages worn under gloves
การตัดสิน gaan-dtàt-sǐin Judging
ชนะ chá-ná Win
แพ้ pɛ́ɛ Lost
พี่เลี้ยง  pîi-líaang  Boxing trainer

Of course, it is important that you know some numbers when the referee counts, e.g. 1-8. Please read this post about Thai Numbers.

Have fun learning Muay Thai!

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