Muay Thai is a type of kickboxing that originated in Thailand, based off the traditional “muay boran” forms (a term that translates to “ancient boxing”). Today, Muay Thai is considered one of the most effective striking forms in all of mixed martial arts. Most successful MMA fighters today use techniques that originated in Muay Thai.
If you are a fan of combat sports and have a Facebook account, you should definitely be following Dragonz & Tigerz. The stated goal of the page is “promoting and elevating the sports of Muay Thai, lethwei, [and] Khemer boxing” and they share some of the best combat sports videos you’ll find on the web.
If you can get past the constant fanboy posts promoting Buakaw Banchamek, you’ll be exposed to some of the best martial arts that Southeast Asia has to offer. For instance, in the past week they’ve shared clips from the K1 Grand Prix, MX Muay Xtreme, Glory, and the Myanmar Sport Group, as well as clips of pad training and technique highlights.
To give you a taste of Dragonz & Tigerz conent, here’s a video I first encountered on their Facebook. It’s a repost from The Fight Nation’s Youtube account:
For those of you who may be new to these forms, here’s a quick breakdown:
Lethwei is the art of Burmese bare knuckle boxing. It’s practiced mostly in Myanmar and is known for utilizing headbutts more than the other regional forms. Unlike most competitive kickboxing, there is no point system and the majority of Lethwei competitions can only be won via knockout. If a fighter is knocked out, they are revived and allowed to choose whether they wish to continue.
Pradal Serey (also known as “Kun Khmer”) is the primary form of unarmed combat in Cambodia. It shares a lot in common with Muay Thai and Lethwei, although some say it favors elbows slightly more; it’s also the least researched of the three forms. It’s been described by some as a “less modernized” version of Muay Thai, and the two forms share a common background. In fact, some Cambodian fighter have actually organized boycotts over the fact that Muay Thai competitions have stamped a nationalist identity on a historically regional combat form.
So, if any of this is interesting to you, check out Dragonz & Tigerz on Facebook. Two thumbs up!