Martial arts that originated in the Asia region have conquered the international scene for many years now. This has long been a reality and one which has attracted a large following in foreign countries.
It is common today for many countries in the Americas, Europe and the Pacific to offer trainings in specific martial arts or mixed martial arts. There’s karate, karatedo, kung fu, taekwondo, judo, aikido, wushu and muay thai to name a few.
Muay Thai, in particular, has been getting a lot of international attention of late. This ancient form of martial arts is very popular in Thailand and in fact, training camps and Muay Thai gyms abound in various parts of the country whether in the city center or in the islands.
What many sports enthusiasts love about Muay Thai, or kickboxing as it is also known, is its use of both arms and legs. It works out the whole body which is a great form of exercise and the reason why even women looking for a great fitness and weight loss regimen prefer this combat sport.
Muay Thai has become an international sport thanks to its popularity in its home country. Numerous fighters that trained in a Muay Thai gym in Thailand have been inspired to teach the sport in their own country.
Australia has, so far, produced many serious Muay Thai fighters and champions that have excelled in international competition. It also has a regulating body (Muay Thai Australia) that oversees and controls both professional and amateur events down under.
French Muay Thai fighters normally undergo training in Thailand. Some French legends in this ancient martial arts include Dany Bill, Jean Charles Skarbowsky, Stephane Nikiema and Damien Alamos who was the 2012 WPMF World Muay Thai Champion.
Muay Thai has thrived in Italy owing to the long term relationship between the country and Thailand. Italy has several Muay Thai associations in existence such as the Federazione Italiana Muay Thai in Rome and Milan and the Federazione Italiana Kickboxing based in Monza.
Young Italians aspiring to become future fighters or those who simply want to learn the techniques can enroll in training schools available in many major cities across the country. They can also take part or watch tournaments that are held throughout the year.
This year, the European Championships will be held in the Portugese city of Lisbon. Organized by the Portugal Muay Thai Federation, the hosting of Portugal only shows that Muay Thai is a recognized sport in the country.
Apart from these countries listed, many European nations are also recognized members of various federations associated with the ancient martial arts. This is clear proof that the influence of Muay Thai has indeed become widespread and is showing no signs of waning.
Jesse has been studying Muay Thai since he was 15 and currently undertakes Muay Thai training in Bangkok
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