Muay Thai, also known as “The science of 8 limbs”, is a more liberal style of kickboxing. Along with the use of punches, kicks, and knees, competitors are allowed to use elbow strikes, catch kicks, and use clinch techniques to knee/elbow their opponents. Originating over 2000 years ago in Thailand, Muay Thai was first used for hand-to-hand combat. In the 1900’s, Muay Thai contests were battled out in a boxing ring, over 5 rounds, 3 minutes in duration. As the national sport of Thailand, Muay Thai has massive popularity in its home country. Over the last 20 years, Muay Thai has grown immensely in Europe and Australia. In the last 10 years, full rules Muay Thai bouts have become more frequent here in North America.