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Last updated on August 30th, 2023 at 03:35 pm

If you truly want to experience Thai culture, taking up Thai boxing is a great place to start. And why don’t you learn some Muay Thai phrases vocabulary simultaneously!

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

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

Is Muay Thai The Same As MMA?

There is a big difference between Muay Thai and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Originally from Thailand, Muay Thai is a striking style that emphasizes using the fist, elbow, knee, and shin. It uses eight points of touch and is sometimes referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” for this reason. Muay Thai is an integral part of Thai culture and has been practiced for generations.

On the other hand, MMA combines Muay Thai, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and other martial arts elements of the more modern combat sport known as mixed martial arts (MMA). Its attacking techniques are contested in a cage or ring, allowing for striking and grappling.

Following that, mixed martial arts (MMA) is a far more extensive and diversified combat sport that incorporates a wide range of techniques from numerous martial arts, including Muay Thai.

Muay Thai Phrases Vocabulary-ling-app-Thai female boxer

Are There Black Belts In Muay Thai?

Unlike other martial arts like Karate, Taekwondo, and Judo, Muay Thai does not have a black belt ranking system. Muay Thai, on the other hand, employs a system of colored armbands called ประเจียด (bprà jìat) and a headband called มงคล (mong kon) to indicate a practitioner’s skill and experience.

Examples of ประเจียด (bprà jìat) and มงคล (mong kon) colors are:

  • White
  • Red
  • Red and White
  • Blue
  • Blue and White
  • Silver
  • Gold

Muay Thai Phrases Vocabulary

Check out the techniques of Muay Thai, a martial art with a long and distinguished history, down below!

To kickเตะDtaɛ̀ɛ
Axe heel kickเตะเข่าDtaɛ̀ɛ-kào
Kick with footเตะเท้าDtaɛ̀ɛ-táo
Round kickเตะเหวี่ยงDtaɛ̀ɛ-wìaang
Reverse roundhouse kickเตะกลับหลังDtaɛ̀ɛ-glàp-lǎng
Jump kickกระโดดเตะGrà-dot-dtaɛ̀ɛ
To hitตีDtii
To hit with fistตีหมัดDtii-màt
Elbow slashตีศอกDtii-sɔ̀ɔk
To boxต่อยDtɔ̀ɔi
Shadow boxingต่อยลมDtɔ̀ɔi-lom
Jabหมัดหน้า/หมัดแย็บMàt-nâa màt-yɛ́ɛp/
Horizontal elbowศอกตัดSɔ̀ɔk-dtàd
Spinning elbowศอกกลับSɔ̀ɔk-glàp
Double elbow chopศอกกลับคู่Sɔ̀ɔk-glàp-kûu
Straight knee strikeเข่าตรงKào-dtrong
Curving knee strikeเข่าโค้งKào-kóong
Flying kneeเข่าลอยKào-lɔɔi
Jumping knee strikeเข่าโดดKào-dòt

Straight forward foot push
Sideways foot-thrustถีบข้างTìip-kâang
Reverse foot-thrustถีบกลับหลังTìip-glàp-lǎng
Jumping foot-thrustกระโดดถีบGrà-dòt-tìip

It’s worth emphasizing that the absence of a black belt ranking system does not diminish Muay Thai’s seriousness and respect as a martial art. On the contrary, because of Muay Thai’s long and fascinating history, its practitioners take the sport’s rituals in and out of the ring very seriously.

So, let’s look at some more important Muay Thai words below!

Ceremonial dance of Muay Thai
(Respect for teacher)
Boxing stadiumสนามมวยSà-nǎam-muai
Boxing campค่ายมวยKâai-muai
The red cornerมุมแดงMum-daeng
The blue cornerมุมน้ำเงินMum-nám-ngern
Boxer’s trunksกางเกงมวยGang-gaeng-muai
Bandages worn under glovesผ้ามัดมือPâ-mát-mʉʉ
Boxing trainerพี่เลี้ยงPîi-líaang

Of course, it is important that you know some numbers when the referee counts, e.g. 1-8. Please read this post about the most popular sports in Thailand.

Have fun learning Muay Thai!

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Updated with up-to-date information by Mei

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