OCTŌ ALLIANCE MUAY THAI ACADEMY
To provide sound instruction & guidance in the art of traditional Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) under the guidance of the World Thai Boxing Association (WTBA).
As an academy of the WTBA we firmly believe, “Our mission is to advance, promote and preserve the traditional martial arts of Thailand through our expanding international Muay Thai community.” (https://thaiboxing.com/)
The World Thai Boxing Association (WTBA) was established in 1968 by Ajarn Surachai “Chai” Sirisute, making it the oldest and largest Muay Thai organization in the world. Ajarn Chai came to the United States with the vision of spreading the art of Muay Thai across the world. By doing so, Ajarn Chai was the first to teach Americans the art of Muay Thai and has continued to share the art with multiple other countries to make it a true world organization.
The following is an excerpt from the World Thai Boxing Association.
Muay Thai, translated into English as Thai Boxing, is the national sport of Thailand and is a martial art with origins in the ancient battlefield tactics of the Siamese (or Thai) army. It evolved from Krabi Krabong, literally long and short weapons, the weapons tactics of the Thai army. The early Muay Thai bouts pitted different companies within the Siamese army against each other in unarmed combat (Muay Boran) with few rules and no weight divisions or time limits. They became quite popular and eventually were shown in stadia across the country. In the early 20th century, time limits, boxing gloves as well as a uniform set of rules were introduced. During the latter half of the 20th century Muay Thai was exported to many countries and is now practiced by hundreds of thousands of people all over the world.
Muay Thai is known as “King of the Ring” in kickboxing circles. These fights feature punches, kicks, elbows, knees, standing grappling and head-butts to wear down and knock out their opponent. Thai training methods develop devastating power, speed and superb cardio-vascular endurance as well as fighting spirit. Muay Thai training is also quite safe thanks to sophisticated pad training that evolved to keep fighters healthy between fights. Muay Thai has also proven very effective outside the ring and has been embraced enthusiastically by practitioners of a variety of self-defense, sporting, military and law enforcement activities.