Muay Thai is the popular Thai kickboxing and is a mixture of several techniques employed in the rest of the forms of martial arts. Most of the times it is termed as the “science of 8 limbs” simply because almost all parts of the body are employed during the fight. The forehead, the fists, elbows, knees, and feet are often used as the weapons. It has been around for more than 2000 years and is basically regarded as the oldest variant of martial arts.
Thai fights no longer permit the fighter to use the head. In attacking and defending, the fighter employs a little quantity of grappling or that which is known as The Clinch.
Muay Thai along with savate, karate, and taekwondo heavily influenced the development of kickboxing in Japan, Europe, and North America. Kickboxing in particular is considered by many practitioners to be a modified form of Muay Thai. Unlike Muay Thai, most kickboxing competitions do not allow elbows or prolonged clinching knee strikes to avoid potential fight-ending cuts. American kickboxing does not allow kicks below the waist