Muay Thai's child gladiators: Fighters as young as 8 practice martial art as they compete at boxing tournament
Muay Thai was developed into a sport when the Thai government applied formalized rules to Muay Boran because fighters too often sustained fatal injuries.
By Christine Roberts / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Stunning images show fighters as young as 8 practicing the martial art of Muay Thai as they compete at a fierce boxing tournament in the Buriram province of Thailand.
Fighters of the technique, which stems from the ancient martial art of Muay Boran, start training when they are as young as 6 or 7.
Thai warriors developed the technique over 500 years ago out of necessity, relying on hand-to-hand combat when they lost their weapons while fighting with invaders from neighboring countries, according to the Malaysia Star.
The combat sport is also known as the “Art of Eight Limbs” or the “Science of Eight Limbs” as fighters are instructed to use punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes to fight their opponent.
Source: NY Daily News
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